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‘Invest in Us,’ and Our Parents, Too

Wed, 2014-12-10 14:00
Helping low-income children is more politically appealing than helping their parents. But children rarely succeed unless their families have a chance too.

Colleges, Recruiting Even the Imaginary Students

Tue, 2014-12-09 12:35
I wasn't surprised by the flood of mail my daughter received from colleges her junior year of high school. The amount of mail her nonexistent brother, "William," received did come as something of a shock.

Counting the Days: ‘It’s Too Many Whales, Daddy’

Tue, 2014-12-09 08:28
To count down the days of her father's deployment, my daughter and I made a calendar adorned with a whale for each day he'd be gone. She was delighted with her work, until she took in what it meant.

Quandary: Helping Younger Children Love to Give as Well as Get

Mon, 2014-12-08 12:49
Younger children can be more focused on the possibility of having all their Hanukkah or Christmas wishes granted than on choosing or making with others in mind.

How Witnessing Violence Affects a Child, and How to Help

Mon, 2014-12-08 09:27
Sixty percent of children in the United States are exposed to violence, crime or abuse on an annual basis, according to a Department of Justice report. When I was attacked last year, my son became one of them.

Church on Sunday: Because Spiritual Education Takes More Than Good Intentions

Sun, 2014-12-07 07:21
By the time we reach Sunday – this supposed day of rest – I’ve had it with arguing with my kids. I am tired of saying "no" and "because I said so." I’m tempted to just say, "Fine, let's skip church today." But I don't.

15-Second Vocabulary Videos

Fri, 2014-12-05 11:46
The winners of The Learning Network's Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest.

‘Mama, Let Me Do Your Scarf So You Can Look Muslim’

Fri, 2014-12-05 11:33
One morning, my daughter found a scarf in my purse and declared, “Mama, let me do your scarf so you can look Muslim.” She said this in the same way you might say, “Let me do your hair so you can look beautiful.”

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-12-05 10:21
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.

When Talk of Racism Centers on Black and White, What Does a Brown Parent Say?

Fri, 2014-12-05 09:10
In our time, for my generation, for those parents whose skin is not white, the coming-of-age conversation is not about the birds and the bees. It is a conversation about race.

Why I’m Glad We Chose the ‘Underprivileged’ Local School

Thu, 2014-12-04 15:58
Our school zone includes the best restaurants, coffee shops and brew pubs and some of the most jaw-dropping house prices in the city, and yet, for our pride in all things “local,” our little school has been neglected by the population it was meant to serve.

The Smart Nursery Offers More Information, Not More Sleep

Thu, 2014-12-04 12:32
It's easy for older parents to mock the new generation of wearable devices available to parents of infants—but the prospect of all that information must be tempting, if parents can get the gadgets to work.

I Can’t Explain

Thu, 2014-12-04 10:55
If the goal is to explain the news in a way that helps children understand the world they live in, this morning, I failed.

Playing Nicely With Others: Why Schools Teach Social Emotional Learning

Thu, 2014-12-04 10:26
Social emotional learning is what allows students control their behavior, understand how their personal behavior impacts others, and enables them to empathize and collaborate with others.

A Young Mother, Feeling Unwelcome on Campus

Wed, 2014-12-03 18:06
Just as breast-feeding is the best nutrition for my son, being a college-educated mom is one of the best things I can do for my son’s future. These facts go together in my mind, and in social science, yet they fail to come together on my campus.

Kids and Coding Light Up the White House Christmas Trees

Wed, 2014-12-03 12:42
The trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree at the White House will be illuminated with animated patterns using code generated on Google's Made with Code website.

Inviting African-American Mothers to Sell Their Breast Milk, and Profiting

Wed, 2014-12-03 10:22
A company with no ties to Detroit's African-American community plans to promote breast-feeding and economic empowerment among mothers by encouraging them to sell their excess breast milk.

Giving Tuesday: Where Would Your Children Give?

Tue, 2014-12-02 14:02
We're not much for planned dinner conversations, but tonight, each of our kids will present a charity they'd like to support for Giving Tuesday, and try to persuade the rest of the family to get on board.

Looking for Charities That Inspire Kids and Families

Tue, 2014-12-02 13:48
Tell us which charities inspire your children, and your family, to give time and money to a cause.

This Holiday, Together; the Next, Apart

Tue, 2014-12-02 10:52
For someone who ascribes so much value to being present, living in constant countdown mode while waiting for my husband's returns feels ironic at best, overwhelming at worst.