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Changing Early Pregnancy Etiquette: Share Good News, and Bad

Sun, 2015-01-25 20:24
When we decided not to tell friends and family about my pregnancy until after the first trimester, we never paused to consider how much we might need those people if something did actually go wrong.

Childless, With Regret and Advice: Don’t Wait for the Perfect Picture

Fri, 2015-01-23 11:23
I didn't want to become my mother, so I actively avoided becoming a mother at all until it was too late.

The View from Inside the Stroller

Fri, 2015-01-23 10:31
Diego Acosta López wanted to see what it was like when his son, Ignacio — just shy of 2 — visited New York City for the first time.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-01-23 09:46
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.

A New Nominee for Worst Tween Sitcom on TV

Thu, 2015-01-22 13:25
Instead of a show about the coed and girls' teams our children have grown up with, Nickelodeon offers "Bella and the Bulldogs," an ugly throwback to an era when girls who love sports are always odd girl out.

Free of Gluten, but Not of Arsenic (or of Guilt)

Wed, 2015-01-21 16:24
For gluten-free families, the increasing concerns about arsenic and rice are a source of worry and guilt. But how much should parents blame themselves?

When Measles Spreads From Disneyland, It’s a Small World After All

Wed, 2015-01-21 15:50
A current measles outbreak, now at 48 confirmed cases, began with a visitor to Disneyland, and quickly spread beyond those directly exposed there.

43 and Pregnant

Tue, 2015-01-20 14:37
My pregnancy’s viability is still very much in limbo. As am I. I am readying myself for whatever happens, but I am split in a way I have never felt before.

Meeting the Baby, Becoming a Family

Tue, 2015-01-20 10:39
From the moment we met our daughter, weighing two-and-a-half pounds and wearing a red bow pasted on her head, we could tell she was the fighter and "rock star" we'd been told about.

Do I Need Screen Time Rules for Other People’s Children, Too?

Mon, 2015-01-19 14:31
It’s my house and my rules, but I’m uncomfortable snatching away a prized possession a child brings over. I'm also uncomfortable with the recent sleepover in which every child spent the night buried in her own screen.

Charities That Inspire Kids: Kiva

Mon, 2015-01-19 10:30
Diana Williams, a teacher from Surrey, British Columbia, describes the value of making microloans from the classroom.

‘That’s My Sister!’ Taking a Twin’s Gender Fluidity in Stride

Sun, 2015-01-18 07:13
One of my twins was born a boy but, for the moment at least, identifies a girl; wearing dresses, using the girls' restroom, crying if referred to as "he." Only one person has handled all of this with ease: her twin sister.

That’s Your Child’s Homework Project, Not Yours

Fri, 2015-01-16 07:15
“I wanted to tell you how much I loved seeing something actually made by children,” our librarian said of my sons' entry into the Peeps diorama project, which looked more like a train wreck than Mem Fox's "Where Is the Green Sheep?"

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-01-16 07:05
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.

When Did ‘Teaching Independence’ Become ‘Possible Neglect’?

Thu, 2015-01-15 16:41
Parents in Maryland are being investigated for allowing their children to walk home from a park unsupervised. When did we abandon this idea that our children should learn to move about in the world without our hovering presence, and what have we lost?

Skipping School for Vacation: Good for Families, or Bad for Students?

Thu, 2015-01-15 09:54
I’m a parent. I have taken my children out of school for family events and other trips. I am also an educator, and I have seen the havoc these absences can wreak on students and their teachers.

Cooking From the Freezer and Pantry: Miscellaneous Pork and Chicken Posole

Wed, 2015-01-14 13:48
"Cooking the pantry dry" requires a lot of improvisation, and not a lot of recipes.

Why One ‘Cookie Mom’ Still Loves the Girl Scouts

Wed, 2015-01-14 11:59
I should be dreading the upcoming cookie season, my fifth as cookie mom. Instead, I feel like shouting, “Bring on the Do-Si-Dos!”

Students Eat More Healthy Foods When Recess Is Held Before Lunch

Wed, 2015-01-14 09:51
In studies, giving students recess immediately before lunch rather than immediately after was correlated with a decrease in food waste and an increase in the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten at lunch. But many schools still resist the change.

New Report Urges Less Intervention in Births

Tue, 2015-01-13 10:51
"If overtreatment is defined as instances in which an individual may have fared as well or better with less or perhaps no intervention," says a new report, "then modern obstetric care has landed in a deep quagmire."