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Adventures in Parenting
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Thu, 2014-11-13 13:19
I don’t know how to solve the broader problems with adoption, or even my own. But I’m relieved that more adoptees are finding a way to talk about the reality: not all adoptions end in rainbows and bubbly baby smiles.
Thu, 2014-11-13 10:49
Advanced Placement courses can be a real boon to students motivated by intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. But for students looking to please their parents or for those in pursuit of transcript padding and other false academic idols, A.P. courses can be an unpleasant and unhealthy slog.
Wed, 2014-11-12 13:59
After four years of infertility and many failures, this little baby popsicle of an embryo was our best hope at finally becoming parents.
Wed, 2014-11-12 10:48
This spring, my older daughter announced that she was pregnant. And I realized almost immediately that I knew nothing about today's birthing or parenting issues. I had a lot of catching up to do.
Tue, 2014-11-11 12:13
Military experience was once common. Many of us grew up surrounded by parents and family who had served. Now, military life seems removed from the everyday for many of us. Here, for Veteran's Day, stories of military family.
Tue, 2014-11-11 08:40
When I told the man at the baggage counter that my husband was deployed, he immediately replied, "Thank you for your service." I didn't quite know how to respond.
Mon, 2014-11-10 16:07
Most schools conduct some form of standardized testing. What helps a child who finds the tests stressful, and when is the testing too much?
Mon, 2014-11-10 14:20
What happens when children are considered the adorable lifestyle choice of a nation of "mommies?" No one else needs to worry about the needs of those children—or of any children.
Mon, 2014-11-10 10:29
As a new mother, newly laid off, it quickly became painfully clear that the life I’d imagined for myself once upon a time—as a professional, wife, and mother—had been a modern-day fairy tale.
Fri, 2014-11-07 14:47
In today's episode of "The Triumph of the Well-Stocked Kitchen," our heroine runs out of bread and chicken broth, but is able to save the day on both occasions. The exciting weekly cooking routine of this mother of four.
Fri, 2014-11-07 14:44
If I want to grocery shop, there is the Leo Factor — will a bagel appease him, or will this require juice? I fantasize about not needing to consider that, and that doesn't make me unworthy of being a parent.
Fri, 2014-11-07 13:28
The families of young victims of traffic violence advocated for a slower speed limit in New York City, and won. Not everyone is happy about it.
Fri, 2014-11-07 11:24
I was hoping my 4-year-old would see the library as I once did, as a hushed building full of endless promise. Instead, it's become an arcade.
Fri, 2014-11-07 10:36
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.
Fri, 2014-11-07 09:43
At the risk of being accused of holiday creep, I have to share these Rudolph, Santa, Hermey and Bumble stamps.
Thu, 2014-11-06 14:19
I get it. You're busy with iPhones and iPads and WhatApp and whatnot. But couldn't you do all those things from the comfort of my home for $10 (or so) an hour?
Thu, 2014-11-06 08:21
It's a statement that makes some parents uncomfortable — what are we teaching them, if that's the goal? It's still worth talking about honestly.
Wed, 2014-11-05 14:36
Language barriers and perceived race and class barriers can mean that when it comes to volunteering, some parents stay home—and feel unable to help their children achieve.
Wed, 2014-11-05 11:35
Paid sick leave was on four ballots last night. All four initiatives passed, even in Massachusetts, which now has both a Republican governor and the nation's strongest requirements for paid sick leave.
Wed, 2014-11-05 09:48
So many young people think: Why would I want to work backstage when I can vie to be the front person? But "backstage" work (literally or metaphorically) can lead to a more fulfilling and even more successful life.