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  1. career
    The Woman Who Brought Luxury Fashion to South BeachHow Laure Heriard Dubreuil, the founder and CEO of The Webster boutique, gets it done.
  2. esther calling
    ‘Where Does the “Evil Voice” in My Head Come From?’In part two of their conversation, Esther Perel helps a caller realize that her desire to cheat is a reenactment of past sexual trauma.
  3. esther calling
    ‘Why Does Part of Me Want to Cheat?’You may have shared your trauma with your boyfriend, Esther Perel tells a caller in part one of their conversation, but you wish he was more curious.
  4. esther calling
    ‘I Lost My Husband to Suicide. How Do I Recover Who I Was Before?’Your joy is still alive within you, Esther Perel tells this week’s caller, and if you remember it, you will find love again.
  5. parenting
    How (and Where) Are Parents Supposed to Get it On?Being a highly engaged parent in a nuclear family, fulfilling as it can be, often requires that some intimacy between parents gets lost.
  6. esther calling
    ‘How Do I Have a Relationship With My Birth Mother Without Survivor’s Guilt?’“You don’t become a healer to numb your own feelings,” says Esther Perel. “The question is whether you want to take care of her.”
  7. esther calling
    ‘How Can I Repair With My Family When They Don’t Celebrate My Identity?’“You may have profound disagreements,” Esther Perel says, “but you manage to really hold each other dear in spite of them.”
  8. esther calling
    ‘How Do I Forgive My Mother for Passing Down Her Trauma to Me?’After acknowledging her pain and the ways it shaped your relationship, says Esther Perel, ask that she do the same for you.
  9. esther calling
    ‘We Moved Away From Family During the Pandemic. Now I Miss That Support.’Depleted mothers are everywhere, says Esther Perel. Focus on retrieving the woman behind the mother and wife.
  10. family
    ‘My Mom Is Selfish. Do I Still Have to be a ‘Good Daughter’?’Having a living mom, no matter how self-centered, is important, writes Brooding columnist Kathryn Jezer-Morton. Even if frustrating.
  11. esther calling
    ‘I’m Seeing Someone I Really Like — I Just Wished She Liked Me Less’To be able to experience a loving relationship, Esther Perel says, you must first accept that you’re capable of being loved.
  12. brooding
    When Lonely Children Go Viral, Should We Rejoice?GoFundMes and positivity will not actually help a child make friends — even worse, sharing feel-good content about them risks causing harm.
  13. the hard part
    There’s No Such Thing as a Vacation with Young KidsA relaxing getaway may no longer be in the cards — but giving in to the chaos can be just as exquisite.
  14. brooding
    Will Teens Always Be Daredevils?It seems like an impulse that’s on the wane lately. Is that a good thing?
  15. esther calling
    ‘Is My Partner Gaslighting Me, or Am I Being Overly Sensitive?’Manipulation, scapegoating, coercion, and lying are all gaslighting tactics, says Esther Perel. This “Esther Calling” caller knows them all too well.
  16. esther calling
    “I’m Stuck in the Middle of My Fighting Friends”You’re not responsible for their relationship, says Esther Perel in this installment of “Esther Calling.”
  17. esther calling
    ‘I Want a Child, But My Partner Isn’t Sure’Giving them space to decide means changing the dynamic of the conversation, says Esther Perel in the latest “Esther Calling.”
  18. esther calling
    ‘I’m 40 and I’ve Never Had a Long-Term Relationship’First things first: Our romantic attachments mirror the emotional bonds we have with our first caregivers, says Esther Perel in this “Esther Calling.”
  19. esther calling
    ‘I’m Losing My Best Friend to Her New Fiancé’Curiosity, Esther Perel says in this “Esther Calling,” about a friend’s life now is essential if a childhood friendship is to survive adulthood.
  20. brooding
    On Parenting Regrets and the ‘Right Time’ for KidsThis isn’t an advice newsletter — but you have questions anyway. So here are some answers.
  21. esther calling
    “I’m Resentful of My Partner’s Privilege”“This is not a problem you need to solve,” Esther Perel tells this “Esther Calling” listener. This is the relationship.
  22. the hard part
    Leave That Screaming Kid AloneThe summer travel season has become complain-about-other-people’s-kids season. If not even children can take up space without reproach, who can?
  23. brooding
    Director Nicole Holofcener Can’t Tell You How You’ll Mess Up Your KidsStill, the You Hurt My Feelings filmmaker continues to be my guide to adulthood.
  24. the hard part
    Facing Infertility With My KidsThe IVF process is a lonely one. I refuse to let it be this time around for the sake of my two children.
  25. brooding
    Learning How to Parent from a Warhol Factory Girl at the Chelsea HotelAlex Auder’s mother Viva Superstar was a Warhol girl. As a parent, she thinks kids need less micromanaging by adults.
  26. brooding
    What Exactly Is the Magic of Disney World?Adults who love Disney hear a siren song returning them to a time they fully lived inside a secondary world. This is nothing to laugh at.
  27. i can’t shut up about
    Bury Me in Martha Stewart’s Basket HouseAt the very least, she seems to be using the baskets.
  28. brooding
    Busking As a Family BandAfter a spate of troubles finding housing, The de la Mottes, a family ensemble of nine kids who all play string instruments, have landed in Harlem.
  29. the hard part
    Are You a Silky Mom, a Crunchy Mom, or a Scrunchie Mom?Parenting, according to TikTok.
  30. brooding
    Bless This Mess(y Fridge)Where better to display the uncurated floatsam of our actual lives?
  31. the hard part
    Gentle Parenting Is Too GentleAnd brutal as hell for us parents.
  32. brooding
    Are Helicopter Parents Actually Lazy?Maybe they’re soothing their anxiety, maybe they’re just choosing the path of least resistance.
  33. brooding
    Are New Dads OK?Male loneliness can make for a powder keg of bad vibes.
  34. the hard part
    What We Never Say About ParentingIt’s good, actually.
  35. extremely online
    I Can’t Shut Up About Farmer Will on Love IslandThe series’ most enigmatic cast member to date.
  36. brooding
    Cup of Jo’s Joanna Goddard Opens Up About Her Divorce“There’s something really nice about waking up in a house alone. It feels kind of quietly revolutionary.”
  37. brooding
    What If You Just Didn’t Clean That Up?Our ideas about cleanliness are stuck in the mid-20th century. Today, women can afford to care less.
  38. the hard part
    There Is No Break Coming for Parents — EverNew year, same shit.
  39. brooding
    How Am I Supposed to Teach My Kids to Be Generous?Especially when “paying it forward” is just a quid pro quo turned outward.
  40. brooding
    What If We Make Affordable Child Care About Wellness?Then we might finally see some change.
  41. sober questioning
    Hear Me Out: Don’t Get Sober on January 1Recover doesn’t care what day it is — you shouldn’t, either.
  42. the hard part
    Holiday Traditions Are Cheesy and Exhausting and Totally Worth ItYour future adult kids will thank you.
  43. brooding
    Actually, It Takes Real Skill to Be a MomfluencerTransforming family life into something people want to buy is harder than it looks.
  44. brooding
    Are There Any Kids’ Books Out There That Are … Actually Good?Wizards and dragons need not apply.
  45. sober questioning
    Alone and Sober on ThanksgivingStill grateful though.
  46. the hard part
    Finding Joy for My Kids in the ApocalypseEven when I want to scream into the abyss until my voice runs out.
  47. brooding
    Would Unschooling Actually Make My Kids Any Happier?To help kids take more pleasure in school, encourage them to do their own thing — not schoolwork.
  48. brooding
    Can a 40-year-old Really Call Themself an Orphan?The death of a parent makes you a child again, but also an elder.
  49. sober questioning
    The Voice in My Head Doesn’t Want Me to Get SoberSo I learned to shut him — of course it’s a him — up.
  50. brooding
    My Family, My PlaylistsThe soundscape of a house is a shared space where we can expand into our feeling of belonging.
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