Are you a teacher or a parent?
Have you ever wondered, ‘Why is this all so damn hard?’

Think of the Children is a weekly

newsletter for people who teach, raise and/or care for kids, despite the seeming impossibility of it all. Through interviews, essays and conversations that blend cultural commentary, deep dives into the history of parenting and education, and plenty of gallows humor, we’ll try to figure it out together.

What to expect as a subscriber

Every edition of the newsletter goes directly to your inbox on Sunday evening, New York time. Each month you can expect a mix of the following:

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All subscribers get access to essays and Q&A posts. Paid subscribers also get access to podcasts, the full archives, and the occasional bonus content. If cost is a barrier to becoming a full subscriber, just let me know — no questions asked.


Barring the occasional holiday, personal crisis, etc.


Or at least comfort/cheer each other on through it all

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Parenting, education, and why it's all so f*@#ing impossible


Emily F. Popek

Recovering journalist, school PR pro, mom to one amazing kid. Living and writing in upstate NY but forever an Oregonian in my heart.