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Diwali, Once Hidden, Now Lit Large

Wed, 2014-10-22 12:20
When my family and I immigrated in 1977, to be an Indian-American meant replacing curry with bologna and saris with sweaters, and celebrating Diwali invisibly. My daughter's life is very different.

Where Are the American Boy Dolls?

Wed, 2014-10-22 09:58
At the American Girl store, my 8-year-old son was enraptured by the historical dolls. Surely, there were boys in those times, boys who would have saved the day by using their wits or shown great courage in hard times. Where were they?

This Is Not Your Mother’s Marijuana Talk. So What Should We Say?

Tue, 2014-10-21 16:05
Marijuana is legal in some states and under some circumstances, and can now be munched and drunk as well as smoked. How does that change the way we talk about it with our kids?

The ‘Breaking Bad’ Action Figure Outrage-O-Rama

Tue, 2014-10-21 12:34
“Breaking Bad” action figures probably don't belong in your 6-year-old’s toy box. But you knew that, right?

A Week of Waiting in Nebraska, for a Baby and a Change

Tue, 2014-10-21 10:29
My first appointment at the midwives' office in Omaha was awash in comfort, even so close to delivery.

For Some Children With Autism, Even a Toothbrush Is a Challenge

Mon, 2014-10-20 20:24
Dental cleanings happen only twice a year. Twice-daily brushing matters as much for dental health. To establish that routine for a child on the spectrum, start small.

Quandary: Books for Readers Whose Skills Lag Behind Their Age

Mon, 2014-10-20 11:57
Looking for books and strategies to help a behind-the-curve reader find books that interest her, and encourage her to read and improve.

There Are More Important Things Than Saving for College

Mon, 2014-10-20 10:28
There is no shame in having more kids than average. Or in working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts, or telling them, “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.”

For Girl Scouts, Debates Over New Badges and Classic Pursuits Continue

Mon, 2014-10-20 10:15
At a convention, the Girl Scouts promised to reinvigorate the role of the outdoors in the organization, but some have questioned whether new badges mean real change.

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.