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Learning to Set a Goal for the Long Run

Fri, 2014-04-18 14:05
In a conversation they have had countless times since his reading disability was diagnosed in elementary school, a mother and her teenage son search for ways to set goals and "do something that really distinguishes me.”

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-04-18 12:00
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.

My Daughter, Profoundly Disabled, Needs a School for Children Like Her

Thu, 2014-04-17 14:25
The consensus that children with disabilities are best educated in an inclusive classroom is in danger of hardening into dogma that risks re-stigmatizing children with severe or profound disabilities.

What to Do When Your Child Wants Marijuana Stocks

Thu, 2014-04-17 10:00
What to do about a child who wants to buy stock in marijuana companies? Should the fact that we probably don’t want our kids consuming the stuff mean that they shouldn’t try to make money off of it either? Three things to think about when it comes to children’s investing decisions.

Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag

Thu, 2014-04-17 07:22
People around me had accepted me and my identity as part of their lives. Me, pregnant, seemed to me likely to throw a wrench into my casual relationships.

Recipes for Kids: Bananas, Cold and Custardy

Wed, 2014-04-16 09:16
Whip up plain frozen bananas and end up with a creamy, dreamy dessert.

The Decision: One Child, One School

Tue, 2014-04-15 09:00
Parents are notoriously anxious yet clueless with their first child. With the preschool decision, I felt additional pressure because after a recent ectopic pregnancy, it looks as if Zee will be our only child.

When Not to Speak Your Second Language to Your Children

Mon, 2014-04-14 11:00
As I fed, changed and rocked our daughter, I practiced my Tagalog phrases—until I sat in on a conference session on early language development, and found out that that's exactly what I shouldn't do.

I Have No Idea How Many Calories Are in My Grandmother’s Gefilte Fish

Sun, 2014-04-13 09:00
For my daughters, food isn't a troublesome source of calories demanding its weight in exercise. It's holidays, it's funny stories, it's seasons. It's my grandmother's gefilte fish, and all of us cooking it together.

The Sixth Stage of Grief: Buying a Puppy

Fri, 2014-04-11 15:45
My adorable son has grown tall, lean and hairy. This explains, in part, the decision to add something unambiguously cute to our life. But Phoebe distracts us from more than just that.

Pay the Babysitter Over $1,900 This Year? You Owe It to Her to Put Her On the Books

Fri, 2014-04-11 14:37
Think paying taxes on the babysitter is a "one-percenter" problem? Think again, because if we parents don't pay taxes on our babysitters, it isn't just our problem.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-04-11 11:59
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.

One Baby, Five Nationalities

Fri, 2014-04-11 08:59
My infant son is eligible for five citizenships, and the choice of which passports to apply for turned out to be about much more than visas, paperwork and taxes.

Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests

Thu, 2014-04-10 18:46
Researchers find that students’ reading comprehension was lower when they read books on electronic devices.

Why Students Are Tested, and Why Some Parents Opt Out

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:15
Schools haven't been penalizing families who opt out, whether as an objection to standardized testing or to avoid the anxiety high-stakes testing elicits in some children.

Knives, Not Guns, at a School Near Pittsburgh

Wed, 2014-04-09 14:13
Who would minimize a knife attack in which a single young person was able to injure 20 others with the thought "it could have been a lot worse?" Anyone who has come to expect the verb in the headline to be "shoots," not "stabs."

Recipes for Kids: Congee

Wed, 2014-04-09 13:49
Congee is a thick Chinese soup made with rice, which sort of explodes as it cooks.

Parents Should Coach Academics as Seriously as They Do Sports

Wed, 2014-04-09 09:08
Train little Seymour for the 2028 Olympics, and people might laugh. But prepare Sofia for the 2028 International Math Olympiad, and they'd think you were crazy.

Family Disaster Preparedness

Tue, 2014-04-08 14:11
Any family who has weathered a severe storm knows it's easier if you're prepared. But I admit it—we're not. No stockpile of water, no emergency plan. Are you?

Measuring Motherhood, One Preschool Application at a Time

Tue, 2014-04-08 10:19
I felt proud of the way I'd navigated through the Manhattan preschool maze we'd chosen — until my friend Jamie one-upped me, as I thought she had a hundred times before.