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Motherlode’s ‘Celebrity Class of Commenters’

Thu, 2015-02-26 11:39
It's been said many times that "the best thing about Motherlode is the comments."

Among College Students, the Frenzied Competition to Work for No Pay

Wed, 2015-02-25 09:48
My college freshman's summer plans are keeping her up nights. If she fails to earn a spot supplying free labor, she might have to resort to a paid job.

An Outpouring of Love and Onesies

Tue, 2015-02-24 08:48
There is so much effort and love in all these packages; so much support in all the inquiries. It's shocking, humbling and fantastic.

Grandmother, Surrogate Mother

Mon, 2015-02-23 11:43
An update from a mother whose own mother carried her daughter's baby, and gave birth to her own grandchild.

Patricia Arquette: To Every Woman Who Gave Birth to Every Taxpayer

Mon, 2015-02-23 11:29
Particia Arquette's Oscar speech is dissected, and the message to other women is clear: Shhh.

He Was Ready to Be a Stepdad. Was I Ready to Let Him?

Sun, 2015-02-22 07:06
The first time I let my now-husband "solo" with my 10-year-old daughter, he forgot to feed her, and I "forgot" not to yell at him in front of her. I had to learn to let them become a family.

Eavesdropping on the Seventh Grade ‘Instagram Show’

Fri, 2015-02-20 10:37
As a parent, I hate the app, and I too can’t quit it. When my daughter stops following some kid I know, it's like she has killed off a character on my soap opera.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-02-20 09:05
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.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Still Rescuing Parents

Thu, 2015-02-19 11:17
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's "cures" manage to unite reading parents and children in mocking common childhood faults.

An Open Egg Donor, Now Reversing the Role

Thu, 2015-02-19 07:51
I chose my son by clicking and unclicking a series of boxes, looking for a sperm donor. Fifteen years ago, the roles were reversed: I was an egg donor.

A Child, Coping, with Autism and Everything Else

Tue, 2015-02-17 16:21
Every once in a while, I can help him. Mostly by getting off his back about what helps him.

​Advice for Finding Your Groove

Tue, 2015-02-17 13:59
Getting an email "obsession" under control, focusing on the task at hand, and finding time for gratitude and exercise.

​ Advice for Finding Your Groove

Tue, 2015-02-17 13:59
Getting an email "obsession" under control, focusing on the task at hand, and finding time for gratitude and exercise.

Love, Panic, Adoption and Jerk-Chicken Knishes

Tue, 2015-02-17 09:06
I hope most of the stares Evy gets are because she's adorable, but I know that many of them will be because she's a dark-skinned child with white parents.

What Children Think of the Internet (and Why It Matters)

Mon, 2015-02-16 10:22
Question I haven't yet asked my 5-year-old: is the Internet a more reliable source of information than I am?

Adopted as a Child, Now a Mother, Finally ‘Lucky’

Sun, 2015-02-15 07:53
Countless times, well-meaning friends, relatives, and acquaintances told me I was “lucky” to have been adopted, “lucky” even to live in America.

Online Dating Rules for My Grandmother: Must Drive, Preferably at Night

Fri, 2015-02-13 09:44
While my grandmother and I have always been close, her online dating experiment brought us closer, mostly because she called me four or five times a week (she kept forgetting her JDate password).

Your Turn: A Weekly Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-02-13 01:27
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.

Let Children Change

Thu, 2015-02-12 11:01
When parents keep expecting our kids to repeat old mistakes, we're saying "you can't change," or maybe "you can't change while I'm still here." Bad plan.

Teaching Students How to Talk Less, and Think More

Thu, 2015-02-12 09:14
Parents often worry that a teacher calls on some students more than others, or that quieter children are overlooked in the classroom.