Lizzy Francis

Lizzy Francis is the News Editor at Fatherly, where she edits news and reports on the public policy that affects the day to day lives of working parents. Lizzy’s focus as an Editor and a reporter is on the social safety net, or lack thereof: the child tax credit, federal paid leave proposals, the four-day workweek, student debt, the political landscape of parenting as an LGBTQ+ parent or raising an LGBTQ+ kid, affordable housing policies, and much, much more. Alongside the hard news, Lizzy covers the fun stuff: meteor showers, celebrity baby names, feats of adventuring.

Lizzy has worked in media since 2017, getting her feet wet first with an internship at Fatherly that turned into a full-time job. Aside from her hundreds and hundreds of published pieces at Fatherly and her work as an Editor here, she’s had fiction and poetry published in magazines associated with New York University like the West 4th Street Review and the Gallatin Review and done poetry readings with groups like Am I Write, Ladies? and For Freedoms. She has a degree from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she studied global political dissident movements and their tactics, and has been a member of the Scapegrace Writer’s Workshop since 2015 where she has been working on a novel on-and-off.

She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and her dog, Blueberry. Aside from writing and editing — which make up almost all of her professional and personal time — Lizzy likes to cook, watch terrible television, go on long walks with her dog, and exercise. You can follow Lizzy on Twitter at @lizzy__francis.

Famous Dads

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To legions of fans, Leonard Nimoy was known as Spock. To Adam Nimoy, he was simply dad.

Life

We Stayed Together for the Kids. It Works for Us.

Melanie and Warren are separated but still live together and co-parent their kids. It’s been several years, and the arrangement still works for them.

Mass Incarceration

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Millions of kids have a mom or dad in prison. Lonnie Lewis Jr. wants everyone to know what that’s like — and how we can do better.

Life

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Life

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Linen Closet Inspo

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Mom Honesty

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Married Life!

8 Celebrity Dads on Marriage After Kids

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Time Out

9 Celebrity Parents on How They Discipline Their Misbehaving Kids

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Parenting

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Parenting

How To Raise A Resilient Kid — But Not A Stubborn Loner

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Parenting

How To Raise A Confident Kid — But Not An Arrogant Jerk

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Student Debt

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The Biden administration finally released details on their student debt forgiveness plan, and 20 million people will have their student loan debt cancelled entirely. Here’s what else you need to know.

Paid Leave Now

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Life

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Life

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It's not always a big revelation. Sometimes it's many revelations over a period of time.

School Lunch

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As of 2020, 14.8% of American kids were facing food insecurity.

Wise Words

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Sixteen men and women share the best words of wisdom their fathers passed on.

Parenting

How To Raise An Honest Kid (But Not A Narc)

Here's what parents who want to raise honest kids need to keep in mind.

Parenting

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