Ashley Abramson

Ashley Abramson is a freelance writer primarily covering health, psychology, and relationships. In addition to Fatherly, she's been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Guardian. She lives in the Milwaukee area with her husband and two young sons

Divorce

9 Ways To Make Divorce Easier On Kids

It’s all about recognizing the parts of the process that cause a child stress and minimizing them as much as you can.

Life

So, You’re No Longer Attracted To Your Partner. Now What?

A loss of attraction is very common in long-term relationships. But it shouldn't be ignored. Here are the steps experts recommend you take to get it back.

Parenting

7 Signs You’re A Codependent Parent — And What To Do About It

If you take steps to correct the behavior, then your kids will be better for it. And in the long haul, so will you.

Open Up

How To Be More Vulnerable With Your Kids

It’s normal to feel a little weird when you break social norms and stereotypes about your own vulnerability. But this shouldn't stop you.

Life

What Building Trust In A Marriage Really Requires

Trust takes work. This is how you achieve it.

Tough Decisions

8 Signs It’s Time to Break Up With a Parent Friend

Your kids might get along and that's something to cherish. But if you find yourself nodding along with any of the points listed below, it might be time to call it quits.

Defuse It

How To Make Damn Sure You’re Not Guilty Of “Love Bombing”

The behavior might seem sweet but it’s doing more harm than good.

Life

How To Help Someone Struggling With Low Self-Esteem

It's important to acknowledge that you can't fix it yourself. But you can help create conditions for them to thrive.

Value Proposition

8 Family Values All Parents Should Incorporate, According to Child Development Experts

Family values should guide you, your partner, and your kids toward the kind of people you want to be and, ultimately, the kind of life you want to live.

Order Up

How to Set Up Family Rules That Are Actually Followed

The right family rules are powerful tools. But you need to enforce them with consistency and kindness.

Set The Standard

How to Set Boundaries In A Relationship (And Not Be A Jerk About It)

As they say, good fences make good neighbors...

Playing Pretend

Are You Guilty Of “Weaponized Incompetence”?

Ever pretend to be bad at a household task so you don’t have to do it? This is known as “weaponized incompetence” and the dishonest behavior can quickly take a toll.

Life

8 Subtle Signs You Might Be Too Controlling

Control issues don't always look like control issues.

Parenting

15 Expert Tips For Balancing The Chaos Of Two Kids

Advice from parenting and child development experts.

Think Happy Thoughts

How To Keep “Does Everyone Hate Me?” Thoughts At Bay

Do you sometimes find yourself wondering if everyone dislikes you? You're not alone.

You Got This

7 Things to Do When Life Feels Out of Control

This is how you gain confidence in the midst of chaos.

Life

The Difference Between a Confident Man and a Self-Centered Jerk

While they may seem similar, confidence and egotism are fundamentally different — and that difference is crucial to remember. 

Health

Women Fake Orgasms More When Their Man Seems Insecure, Study Says

Women are twice as likely to fake orgasms when they make more money.

Life

What’s Your Conflict Style? Understanding It Can Seriously Improve Your Relationship

Do you shut down? Go on the offensive? Avoid? Ask for reassurance? Understanding the ins and outs offers major advantages.

Life

6 Big Mistakes to Avoid When Planning a Family Vacation With Your Partner

If you’re not careful, planning a family getaway can become another source of the stress you’re hoping to escape.