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There’s Cancer In My Future. How Am I Supposed to Feel?

Sun, 2014-10-19 07:05
I know I have the BRCA 1 mutation, and I know I have a strong chance of developing ovarian or breast cancer. But I am 32 years old, and I don't know what to do with that knowledge.

Family Dinners for a Complicated Week

Fri, 2014-10-17 14:35
This week features a lot of moving parts at our house, and dinner will not be the focus. But it still has to be planned and provided, even if not necessarily cooked.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-10-17 08:52
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.

Your Child Has Lice? Spread the Word.

Fri, 2014-10-17 07:04
If we want to have any chance at defeating, or better yet avoiding, lice, we’re going to have to be willing to talk about them.

It’s 3 O’Clock. You’re at Work. Where Are Your Kids?

Thu, 2014-10-16 13:24
Many parents have grown so accustomed to the need to cobble together an after-school plan that we overlook the challenge those hours present to families who are already over-stretched.

Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep

Thu, 2014-10-16 11:56
Sleep is learning, of a very specific kind. "Sleep Study Skills" can help our teenagers game the system — and get enough sleep.

The Mid-Semester Organization Regroup

Thu, 2014-10-16 09:15
An inspection of a fifth grader's backpack shows that student organization is a work in progress.

Parent to Parent: When Play Dates Go Wrong

Wed, 2014-10-15 16:09
When I dropped my child's friend off after a visit, my fellow mother came out onto the driveway. "How'd it go?" The answer was "not well," but I didn't know how, or whether, to say it.

Hindsight, Hospitals and Why We Got the Flu Vaccine This Year

Wed, 2014-10-15 13:46
I spent three days with my 3-year-old in the hospital last winter, regretting all the justifications I'd given myself for turning down the flu vaccine at the pediatrician's office.

Saying it Loudly: I Had a Miscarriage

Wed, 2014-10-15 09:34
Why do we rarely talk about pregnancy loss, though the statistics are staggering? Sharing our stories may be the best way to help other families with their grief.

Even the Tooth Fairy Has Regrets

Tue, 2014-10-14 15:42
Fall is rushing toward winter, and maybe there just isn't enough fall fun to be had to make up for it.

My Son, the Live Peanut Allergy Science Experiment

Tue, 2014-10-14 15:36
Our son is allergic to peanuts, and medically supervised experimentation—a byproduct of desperation, and fear—is the best we have to offer him.

Driving Halfway Across the Country to Have a Baby

Tue, 2014-10-14 10:12
It's a lot of work to pack up your 4- and 2-year old sons and drive home to the Midwest to have a baby, but there are benefits. I'll be surrounded by friends and family, and have room to breathe.

Wanted: Books for Middle Schoolers Who Aren’t Yet ‘Teens’

Mon, 2014-10-13 13:48
“People suddenly assume my seventh grader has become a self-obsessed jerk, lost in her iPhone and touching up her lip gloss. Nothing could be further from the truth. She wants great books, but not necessarily teen books,” and it’s hard to fit the bill.

The ‘Save the Princess’ Message Hurts Boys, Too

Mon, 2014-10-13 10:08
Do all princes just sort of wander around, hoping for a dragon to slay and a damsel in distress to kiss? What if they are not the rescuing type? What if they are scared of the dragon?

My Toddler, Bartleby

Sun, 2014-10-12 07:41
The “terrible twos” are merely the beginning of a futile attempt to tame the Bartleby in each of us.

Celebrate It. Rant About It. Either Way, Dinner Must Be Served.

Fri, 2014-10-10 17:25
Someone has to figure out some way for the family to eat. Here's what our dinners will look like next week.

Unwrapping the Comfort of Sameness With Spanish Immersion Elementary School

Fri, 2014-10-10 12:29
As a missionary's kid, I grew up in speaking a language not my own and playing with children not like me. To find the same experience for my daughter, I had to make her the outsider.

Ta-dah! We Built You a Hut

Fri, 2014-10-10 09:50
Every year, while others are mapping out their jack-o'-lantern carvings or dusting off boxes of Christmas decorations in the attic, we are building a hut for Sukkot.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-10-10 09:15
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.