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The Power of Place: One Last Thought on Moving

Tue, 2014-09-30 11:14
Is our new city changing us? Or would we be changing anyway, simply by virtue of growing up, getting older, and evolving in our lives?

Weekly Quandary: Talking Racism and Sexism With Children

Mon, 2014-09-29 14:08
Parental silence on gender roles and racial differences won't lead to race-blind and gender-neutral children. That doesn't make racism and sexism any easier to talk about. How does your family do it?

Adopted From Russia, Just Days Before the Ban

Mon, 2014-09-29 09:53
From a visa arriving hours before a government shutdown to staying one mile away from the protests in Red Square against American families adopting Russian children, there were plenty of chances for this adoption to fall apart.

‘Home Alone’ at 7, Safe and Learning to Stay That Way

Sun, 2014-09-28 08:05
My 7-year-old son asked to stay home while I ran errands in our neighborhood. I agreed, and our experiment was a success — except to those who insisted on seeing encouragement of independence as a "tragedy waiting to happen."

A Stolen Video of My Daughter Went Viral. Here’s What I Learned.

Fri, 2014-09-26 11:43
I wanted the video of my 4-year-old talking about equality to be shared. But when it was stolen and shared by strangers, the experience changed how I think about posting images of my children online.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-09-26 09:29
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.

U.S. Awards Grants to Explore and Evaluate Paid Leave

Thu, 2014-09-25 14:15
The Department of Labor is putting money behind its push to expand paid family leave in the United States. The issue could be a factor in coming elections — if enough voters ask about it.

The Wage Gap Starts With Less Knowledge, and Lower Expectations

Thu, 2014-09-25 11:10
The girls of America seem to know less about money than boys, earn less and have lower expectations for their earnings going forward. And their parents may be partly to blame.

Thanks to Video Monitors, Parents are the New Big Brother

Wed, 2014-09-24 13:08
Parents who start using video baby monitors to observe infant sleep often continue using them long past a child's babyhood, and children are sometimes aware that they're being watched.

Civil Disorder, Out of the Curriculum and Into the Streets

Wed, 2014-09-24 05:58
Denver students protesting a proposed anti-protest curriculum-review committee appear to have learned lessons about the value of questioning authority, and irony.

How to See More of Your Best Friends? Move Away

Tue, 2014-09-23 10:48
When the demands of parenthood, career, and general midlife busy-ness made it tough to see friends as much as we wanted to, we moved away, and saw them more.

Ordering Abortion Drugs for Her Daughter Earns a Mother Jail Time

Tue, 2014-09-23 10:01
On Sept. 12th, Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year-old mother of three, went to jail to begin serving a 9-to-18-month sentence. Whalen’s crime was, in effect, ordering pills online that her older daughter took in the first several weeks of an unplanned pregnancy, when she was 16, to induce a miscarriage. The drugs have been available from a doctor with a prescription in the United States since 2000 and are used around the world to induce miscarriage. Read more.

Weekly Quandary: Whose Last Name?

Mon, 2014-09-22 13:32
Tennessee law forbids combining a mother and father’s surnames into a single name for baby — or giving an infant a mother’s last name without both parents’ “mutual assent.”

Spanking Isn’t Culture. It’s a Cycle of Abuse.

Mon, 2014-09-22 09:50
Adrian Peterson shouldn’t sell himself short. He is where he is today in spite of his father, not because of him, and what he learned from him now threatens his career and his family.

From Lymphoma Mom to Just Mom, and Holding

Sun, 2014-09-21 07:30
During chemotherapy, my cancer shifted from being a sad thing to being a sad and annoying thing. No one wanted anything to change, but almost everything did.

Don’t Make Me Land This Plane

Fri, 2014-09-19 11:19
Sometimes both parties to a dispute have right on their side, but they still can't both win.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-09-19 09:16
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.

Raising Teenagers: Protect When You Must, Permit When You Can

Thu, 2014-09-18 13:02
There’s not much we can do to rush neurological maturation along in our teens, but we can help kids practice their burgeoning skills of self-control as they emerge.

Independence Referendum Is a Win for Scotland’s Children

Wed, 2014-09-17 23:36
With voter turnout expected to be around 80 percent and polls predicting a thin margin, a glaring message of the referendum has been that every vote counts. For children, that lesson is a victory in itself.

A Surrogate and a Mother: Partners in Pregnancy Share Their Story

Wed, 2014-09-17 20:45
After cancer, Angela Salerni couldn’t bear a child — but she had frozen embryos. She needed a surrogate: Roshael Rose. It was a perfect match, but it still wasn’t easy.