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


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.


9 Things Parents Can Do 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.


How To Help Kids Focus And Pay Attention

Here are some common mistakes parents make attempting to get kids back on task — and some better approaches to try.

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.

Support System

How To Convince Someone You Love To Go To Therapy

Here are a few things to keep in mind, according to licensed therapists. 


Fewer Ultimatums, More Boundaries: What Tough Love Looks Like in a Marriage

“The point is not to control your spouse, it is to control yourself and make better choices.”


What To Do When You Feel Lonely In Your Relationship

No matter why you’re feeling lonely in your relationship, there are a few steps you can take to overcome it.


The Difference Between A Confident Man And An Egotistical Jerk

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


9 Couples Therapy Exercises That Should Be In Every Couple’s Repertoire

Try a few and chances are you’ll learn something new about your partner — and grow your relationship in the process.

Just A Little Patience

Become More Patient

Patience is a skill. And like any other skill, it can be nurtured and grown. These seven exercises can help.


Always Too Hard on Yourself? Try These 5 Self-Compassion Exercises

It can feel counterintuitive to show yourself the same compassion you show others. But it's vital to learn how to extend yourself some grace.


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.


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.


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.