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Why One ‘Cookie Mom’ Still Loves the Girl Scouts

Wed, 2015-01-14 11:59
I should be dreading the upcoming cookie season, my fifth as cookie mom. Instead, I feel like shouting, “Bring on the Do-Si-Dos!”

Students Eat More Healthy Foods When Recess Is Held Before Lunch

Wed, 2015-01-14 09:51
In studies, giving students recess immediately before lunch rather than immediately after was correlated with a decrease in food waste and an increase in the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten at lunch. But many schools still resist the change.

New Report Urges Less Intervention in Births

Tue, 2015-01-13 10:51
"If overtreatment is defined as instances in which an individual may have fared as well or better with less or perhaps no intervention," says a new report, "then modern obstetric care has landed in a deep quagmire."

Suburban Poverty, Hidden on Tree-Lined Streets

Tue, 2015-01-13 09:23
Maybe, back when we had so much more of it, I left enough money in a coat pocket to buy the gallon of milk I can't afford now.

Quandary: When Cousins Aren’t Friends

Mon, 2015-01-12 17:13
How do you help a child navigate continuing, but always fluctuating, family relationships — or should you just resolutely stay out of the way?

Child With Symptoms? App Lets You Text Doctors, With No Guarantees

Mon, 2015-01-12 15:28
A variety of apps and online services put you in touch with medical providers, but users should be aware of who they're talking to (or texting with).

Harsh Critics in Public Spaces, Judging Only What They See

Mon, 2015-01-12 11:56
Strangers like to tell me what I’m doing wrong as a parent, or at least give me hard, critical looks, all the time. But there's a big part of our story they often don't know.

Spying on College Life, via Yik Yak

Sun, 2015-01-11 07:40
Yik Yak is like an unofficial newsfeed from a college, targeting just that campus. It is definitely not the view you get at Parents and Family Weekend.

Sleep’s Marketing Problem: You ‘Have To’ Go to Bed.

Fri, 2015-01-09 09:09
Sleep needs a new ad campaign, and parents need to sell it. Why don't we remind our children of how good it feels, and how good it is for us, instead of the way we tend to insist on it?

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-01-09 08:25
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.

The One-Word Resolution

Thu, 2015-01-08 15:29
"A word can’t be broken. It serves as a reminder; a filter. It’s who you want to be instead of what you regret."

The Risk of ‘Material Parenting’

Thu, 2015-01-08 14:47
Does dangling goods in front of children as a reward for good behavior or yanking them away as a form of punishment contribute to materialism when those kids grow up?

Talking to Your Teenager About Online Pornography

Thu, 2015-01-08 14:23
Start here: “We need to talk about Internet pornography; there are a few things I want to be sure you know,” and continue to the things your family considers the most important.

For January, Cooking the Pantry (and Freezer, and Fridge) Dry

Wed, 2015-01-07 15:00
In keeping with the frugal spirit of January, this month, we’ll be buying little, and using up a lot.

‘Redshirting’ Kindergarten-Age Kids Can Lead to Regrets

Wed, 2015-01-07 14:30
Because wealthier, better educated parents ‘redshirt’ while others don't, a kindergarten classroom can include 4-year-olds who have never been to preschool and can’t sit still, and 6-year-olds who are fluently reading chapter books and ready for advanced math.

When GoFundMe Is the Safety Net

Wed, 2015-01-07 11:35
Families and parents using GoFundMe for what should be small setbacks like car repairs and rent increases have been all over my social media of late.

The Child-Averse Sperm Donor

Tue, 2015-01-06 12:04
I could lose a finger or two and still count on one hand the number of kids I’ve had more than a passing conversation with in my life. What if I can’t connect with children, even those that share my biological imprint?

Resolutions for a Year of Change in a Military Family

Tue, 2015-01-06 09:13
With deployment hanging over our heads, 2015 will come with incredible challenges for our marriage, our children and ourselves. I'm resolving to take care of myself as well as my children, accept help when we need it, give it where we can and appreciate our beautiful mess.

6-Year-Olds at the Spa: Understandable, Not Laudable

Mon, 2015-01-05 14:38
Those spas for little girls aren't really about little girls at all. They're about parents looking for something special in a world where very little is “special” anymore.

In Fervent Support of the ‘Gap Year’

Sun, 2015-01-04 07:00
I worried that my daughter's decision to take a gap year would mean she'd never go to college. I shouldn't have.