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Weekly Quandary: Sharing — or Not Sharing — a Good Babysitter

Mon, 2014-08-04 08:14
A parent found, after effort, trial and error, a fabulous babysitter. Now everyone in the neighborhood is trying to get in on the act.

The Case for Bribing Kids to Memorize Poetry

Sun, 2014-08-03 08:08
I offered an hour and 15 minutes of Minecraft in exchange for memorizing a poem, and my son was in.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-08-01 11:38
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.

What to Expect When You Shouldn’t Expect Lunch: A Dad’s Guide to Delivery Day

Fri, 2014-08-01 08:10
Fathers are vital components of delivery day — except not vital enough that anyone cares if they get hungry or need something.

The Kids Who Don’t Beat Autism

Thu, 2014-07-31 15:43
Applied behavioral analysis therapy holds the possibility of “beating” autism. Some families will achieve an optimal outcome; they say, some children will become indistinguishable. Our son did not, but there’s a lot besides autism that distinguishes him.

And the Moral of the Story Is: Keep It Positive

Thu, 2014-07-31 10:27
Do morality tales change children's behavior? Research suggests that emphasizing the positive effects of honesty may, while tales of dire consequences fall on deaf ears.

Teaching a Child to Wrangle, Not Reject, Rage

Wed, 2014-07-30 12:11
Children can’t understand how anger works, or manage it later in life, unless we encourage them to wrestle it with safe people.

I Say ‘Gross.’ They Say ‘Cool.’

Wed, 2014-07-30 10:50
If you have to take two cats and a bag full of wormy pet vomit to the veterinarian, you couldn't find anyone who would enjoy it more than my young companions.

The Cuckoo Bird and the Baby

Tue, 2014-07-29 08:39
The cuckoo bird lays its eggs in another bird's nest, then flies off, never to return. Is a sperm donor like the cuckoo bird?

Weekly Quandary: Emotional and Practical Advice for Sending a Child to College

Mon, 2014-07-28 13:04
Parents, what advice do you have for someone sending a child to college for the first time?

Sticks and Stones, and a Diagnosis in Words That Can’t Hurt Us

Sun, 2014-07-27 07:51
A diagnosis, of autism or anything else, won't make me mourn my daughter, who is different, not dying.

Letting a Child Make the Small Sacrifice

Fri, 2014-07-25 11:38
It's always my instinct to sacrifice for my kids. To step back; to say, you take it, you go, it's ok, I don't mind. My daughter's gift of a horseback ride reminded me that being the giver isn't always the right thing to do.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-07-25 10:44
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 Teenager on Vacation — and on Social Media

Thu, 2014-07-24 15:43
Some parents want their teenagers to put their phones down on vacation and connect with their families. But their teenagers might have a different, and valid, sense of what it means to be connected.

5 Ways To Help Your Kid Not Stink At Math

Wed, 2014-07-23 13:51
The "new math" curriculum is great — and nearly guaranteed to drive children and their parents understandably insane, because teachers don't know how to teach it yet. Here's what to do to help your child while they learn.

A Dietitian Who Won’t Oversell Nutrition to Her Kids

Wed, 2014-07-23 12:16
I learned long ago that nutrition information alone doesn't motivate people to eat healthy, and I know telling my children that "broccoli will make them big and strong" could backfire.

Putting the ‘Known’ in Known Sperm Donor

Tue, 2014-07-22 08:45
The adult daughter of two mothers and a known sperm donor is candid: Much of it was great, but it is complicated.

Research Suggests Students Adjusting to New School Lunches

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:54
School administrators agree that students complained about new lunch standards when they were first implemented in the fall of 2012—but tell researchers that by spring, the complaints had largely subsided.

Weekly Quandary: Having a Baby, and Getting a Dog

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:09
Should a couple planning on soon having a baby get a dog?

Immaculate Incarceration: A Baby in Solitary Confinement

Sun, 2014-07-20 07:53
According to my mother's prison records, she served around 17 weeks in "The Hole"—solitary confinement. Only for her it wasn’t so solitary. She had me.