Stephanie Fairyington, Washington Post

Stephanie Fairyington

Washington Post

New York, United States

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Past articles by Stephanie:

As a queer mom, I raised my kid on “It’s Okay to Be Different.” But why did the inclusive book rub me the wrong way?

The message is more important than ever, but do kids hear the opposite of what it intends to communicate? Experts weigh in. → Read More


The problem with co-opting 'queer'

What gets erased when identities like "lesbian" and "gay" are considered obsolete? Stephanie Fairyington reflects on what gets left behind by the proliferation of sexual and gender identity categories increasingly being used today. → Read More

What Everyone Should Know About About Managing Gen Z

The newest entrants to the workforce — Generation Z — have strikingly different expectations and motivations than older workers, even millennials. Here’s how to get the best out of the youngest working generation. → Read More

The Essential — and Easy — Beginners Guide to Meditation

The ancient practice of meditation may seem intimidating, but it shouldn’t be, according to two renowned meditation experts, who break down their pain-free approach → Read More

Boredom Isn't Something to Run From — Here's How It Can Actually Refuel Your Creativity

In today’s world, it’s hard to “do nothing,” but the benefits of seeking the empty moments in our days — aka. Boredom — will amplify our brainpower. → Read More

How to Work Mindfulness Into Your Strength Training For a Happier, Less-Stressed Day

Instead of scrolling through your phone between strength-training sets, try these tiny modifications to ensure a stress-free day. → Read More

How to Correct the Record When Someone Takes Credit for Your Work

Maybe your co-worker didn’t mean to pawn off your work as their own — or maybe they did — either way, here’s how to set things straight. → Read More

The Single Most Effective Thing You Can Do to Help a Friend Who’s Going Through a Hard Time

A new study finds that our social supports can rescue us from the darkest times in our lives. This really small gesture has the greatest impact. → Read More

3 Simple Ways To Keep Your Relationship Strong When You Have Young Children

Having kids is profoundly rewarding, but can also challenge a marriage. Tackle these common stressors and improve your relationship. → Read More

This Simple Move Will Dramatically Improve Your Brainpower at Work

A new study shows that shuffling seats at work boosts creativity. Plus, two other easy ways to harness your brainpower. → Read More

3 Common Misconceptions About Sleep That Are Hurting Your Health

When it comes to getting quality sleep, we can't allow these myths to go uncorrected. → Read More

A Lack of Sleep Affects Not Just Your Health, But Your Attitude and Mood

Insufficient sleep clouds your perspective and challenges your ability to regulate your emotions. Here's what to do about it. → Read More

How to Talk to Your Boss About Mental Health Issues Without Bringing on Epic Levels of Stress

Even though 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from a mental health issue in a given year, talking to your employer about it can be tricky. Try these 3 methods to make your conversation go smoothly and effectively. → Read More

A Happiness Expert’s Unique Advice Will Help You Power Through Your List of To-Dos

A happiness expert shares her surprisingly effective strategy for getting things done. → Read More

If You Feel Like the Smallest Decisions Are Impossible to Make, You May Have Decision-Fatigue

If you feel paralyzed by all the decisions you have to make on a daily basis, here’s what to do about it. → Read More

End Your “Meeting Malaise” With These 3 Surefire Tips

Are back-to-back meetings killing your productivity and stressing you out? Experts suggest three steps that can help. → Read More

I’m Teaching My Three-Year-Old Self-Soothing Techniques to Fall Asleep — And It’s Working

Teaching a small spastic human to calm down for sleep is hard, but these 5 methods are working wonders. → Read More

Never Forget Your Passwords Again With These Genius Tips

We all have to remember an insane number of usernames and passwords to access various accounts, so when we forget them, it’s crazy-making — and a waste of time! Here’s how to solve the problem once and for all. → Read More

Stop Asking, “Does That Make Sense,” After Explaining Something — Here’s Why

Two communication specialists breakdown why these 3 phrases are especially annoying to your colleagues. → Read More

Here’s Why Humor is So Important in the Workplace — and the Right Way to Use It

A growing body of research shows the overwhelming benefits of humor and laughter in the workplace. → Read More