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Why We Don’t Do the Naughty List

6 hours 30 min ago
I understand why the naughty list helps some parents. But for my anxious daughter, it's the opposite of Christmas magic. Bless the mall Santa who understood that.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

7 hours 23 min ago
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.

Holiday Concerts and the Anatomy of Melancholy

Thu, 2014-12-18 14:04
Every year, I try to find a way to embrace the ephemeral, cherry-blossom nature of December, and the way it wallops you over the head with the passage of time.

In an Orphanage, But Not Orphaned, in Sierra Leone

Thu, 2014-12-18 12:03
I thought overseas adoption would be my route to parenthood, but when I visited Sierra Leone, I found the situation there more complex than it seemed.

When a Classmate Takes On Santa

Thu, 2014-12-18 07:43
When a student decides to declare Santa a fraud, there's little a teacher or parent can do.

‘Are You Going to Give Him a White Name?’

Wed, 2014-12-17 13:34
When I was four months pregnant, a friend asked this question casually over lunch. I hadn't yet thought of it that way.

With Three Adults, Two Jobs and One Baby, a Family Is Barely Getting By

Wed, 2014-12-17 10:10
The house is paid for. The car is paid for. Everything else, we're barely covering. I can't find a job for the life of me—and if I do, who will look after the baby?

Pausing for Hanukkah While Everything Else Keeps Going

Tue, 2014-12-16 16:05
Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas has made me aware of how much easier the outside world makes it to protect one tradition over the other.

A Foreskin in the Right Place at the Right Time

Tue, 2014-12-16 14:29
Proposed CDC guidelines would have doctors promote the benefits of circumcision in newborns, teenagers and adults, but parents will still make their own decisions—sometimes for unexpected reasons.

Deployment Work-Ups: ‘This Is So Stupid Hard’

Tue, 2014-12-16 08:55
An on-again, off-again schedule to deployment is hard on all of us. In a weak moment, I told my husband that it was easier when he's gone, and I regretted it instantly.

Live Chat: Prenatal Screening: When a Result Is Not a Diagnosis

Mon, 2014-12-15 12:41
Join me and New England Center for Investigative Reporting's Elizabeth Daley, along with experts Dr. Kecia Gaither and Athena Cherry this afternoon, Dec. 15, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time, for a live chat about the reliability of prenatal screenings.

Prenatal Testing: When a Result Is Not a Diagnosis

Mon, 2014-12-15 11:25
An investigative report found that doctors and patients are misinterpreting new prenatal tests and failing to understand how often a positive screen can be a false alarm.

E-Cigarettes May Serve as Gateway to Smoking for Teens, Study Suggests

Mon, 2014-12-15 10:19
A study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics seems to add to the evidence that e-cigarettes are doing more to promote nicotine use than to help people quit.

There’s So Much to Say About Her Aunt’s Suicide, I Can’t Even Begin.

Sun, 2014-12-14 07:10
It’s been more than four months since my sister took her own life, and I still haven’t spoken with my 12-year-old daughter about it.

The Unmonitored Baby Is Not Worth Having

Fri, 2014-12-12 09:15
Reams of data, straight to your smartphone. Imagine being certain your baby needs a diaper change, and determining with 97 percent accuracy if your baby is crying!

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:01
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.

Racial Bias in Discipline: What If Your Child’s School Is Harder on Some Kids Than Others?

Thu, 2014-12-11 17:16
Black parents may want to believe that society has moved on from racial bias, but that belief can undermine their ability to advocate for their children.

Finding an Overnight Camp That’s Truly Worth It

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:33
It's camp application season. You’ll want to ask baseline questions about food, safety, staff training and facilities, but what you really want to know is this: Is this a camp that changes lives?

A Photo of a Stillborn Baby, Proof of Life, and Grief and Memory

Thu, 2014-12-11 08:38
When my brother, a writer, put a stillbirth into his last novel, the scene was a gift to me, a way of making public what had been my too-private loss.

Parents in Europe, Talking to Kids About Sex

Wed, 2014-12-10 15:50
When parents in European countries have the birds-and-the-bees talk with children and teenagers, it's with less judgment and more trust.