Portfolio: Q&A

A selection of feature articles, profiles, and essays written by Jessica DuLong. 

The power of a real apology

Susan Shapiro, author of "The Forgiveness Tour: How to Find the Perfect Apology," shares the four essential elements of a full apology. She offers more nuanced alternatives to issuing — or asking for — blanket absolution.

How to deal with grief — and persevere — mid-pandemic

When she began writing her new book, "Keep Moving," poet Maggie Smith had no idea how much the world would be suffering by the time it came out. Her "notes to self" have resonated deeply with many struggling to grieve our own mid-pandemic losses.

Girls with power tools build their way to focus and calm

"Girls Who Build," released today, is by Katie Hughes, who founded the Girls Build nonprofit after getting frustrated at being the only woman on construction work sites. She started teaching classes to girls ages 8-14, on how to drill, saw, and weld.

How parental self-care helps kids weather pandemic stress

Parents are running on empty as the pandemic drags on. Many families are struggling to patch together child care to cover the basics, never mind slotting in parental self-care. Here's why replenishing reserves matters for your kids' well-being.

Not just for tomboys (and their parents): Kids and gender roles

"Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to Be Different" by Lisa Selin Davis not only explores how tomboys fit into our understanding of gender identity and expression but how rigid gender roles affect our kids and their perception of self.

A father’s guide to raising good men

Some parents feel no choice but to have "the talk" with their children about the dangers of racism and sexism. Aaron Gouveia, author of "Raising Boys to Be Good Men" offers parenting tips to help raise happy sons in a world filled with toxic masculinity.