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‘I Miss My Daddy. Divorce Stinks.’

Sun, 2015-03-15 07:09
My ex-husband and I are over, and that’s as it should be. But there’s one person who’s not buying that this divorce is “for the best”: our daughter.

Got College Admissions Frenzy? Read ‘Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be’

Fri, 2015-03-13 08:57
Who our children are when they go to college matters a whole lot more than the name on the sweatshirt.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-03-13 08:06
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.

A Stay-at-Home Parent Is Not a ‘Luxury’

Thu, 2015-03-12 08:40
Why am I a luxury while the things we’ve chosen to do without are “necessities” that demand a second income?

Turning Chores Into Habits

Wed, 2015-03-11 13:05
One reason our chore systems always descend into chaos is that it's never clear what our children need to do, or when.

In Switzerland, Parents Observe. In the U.S., Hovering Is Required.

Wed, 2015-03-11 08:11
Thanks to hovering American parent culture, the La Grange Library food fight wasn't just between a 3-year-old and an 18-month-old. It was also between their mothers.

Deployment Is Confusing for Children, Which Makes Children Hard on Parents

Tue, 2015-03-10 14:58
He wouldn’t go to bed. He just wouldn’t go to bed. Finally, I asked him why. His answer caught me by surprise. “I miss my daddy!”

‘Kids Like Me Deserve Something Special.’ The Risks of Overvaluing Our Young.

Tue, 2015-03-10 11:56
That fifth lollipop in the bunch that’s just been distributed to four kids? If your child thinks it’s rightly his, that may be on you.

Living With the ‘Extended Newbornhood’ of the Premature Baby

Tue, 2015-03-10 10:24
My wife's maternity leave will be over before our daughter is fully out of the newborn stage. I'm going to need help.

Lisa Bonchek Adams: She Did as Much as She Could for as Long as She Could

Mon, 2015-03-09 12:22
Lisa Bonchek Adams did not write like a woman resigned. She did not want to die. But even more, she did not want to disappear.

New Research on Antidepressants and Pregnancy Finds No Link to Asthma

Mon, 2015-03-09 09:35
New research suggest that taking S.S.R.I.s while pregnant does not increase the risk of asthma in the resulting babies, but the decision to take medication or not remains difficult.

Short Hair: A First for a Daughter, and a Leap for a Mother

Sun, 2015-03-08 08:22
As much as I didn’t want to micromanage my daughter’s hair, I did want to micromanage my daughter's hair.

After a Fire, Learning to Cook Again, One Grilled Cheese at a Time

Fri, 2015-03-06 11:38
I loved to cook. But after the fire, I couldn't do it for over a year.

Introducing Motherlode’s New Artist-In-Residence: Abigail Gray Swartz

Fri, 2015-03-06 10:12
Welcome Abigail Gray Swartz to the Artist-in-Residence role on Motherlode.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-03-06 08:56
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.

How Not to Be ‘That’ Sports Parent

Thu, 2015-03-05 16:22
If your child can tell you're unhappy during the game, you're doing it wrong.

Live Chat About Finding That ‘Sweet Spot’ in Life and Work

Thu, 2015-03-05 15:06
Join me and "The Sweet Spot" author Christine Carter for a live chat about finding your groove at home and work on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 Eastern.

Teenagers, Dealing With Addiction, on What Might Have Helped

Thu, 2015-03-05 09:07
Students in a rehab program answer the question, “Was there anything that anyone could have said to you that would have affected your drug use?"

Shelf, iPad, Bed Table: Reading, February 2015

Wed, 2015-03-04 16:53
What I bought, what I read, what I thought I'd read and what I put down and never picked back up this February.

When Letting Children Take Risks Is Risky for Families

Wed, 2015-03-04 09:29
A group of strangers in a suburban Maryland car repair place come together to condemn a verdict against being a free-range parent.