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When Sports and Family Time Conflict, Speak Up

Fri, 2014-08-15 20:15
Try saying this out loud: “Family and academics are more important than sports, until sports conflict, then sports win.”

How Does a 2-Year-Old Wear Glasses? (Not) Very Carefully.

Fri, 2014-08-15 11:00
I wasn’t happy when the pediatric ophthalmologist ordered up glasses for my toddler. But it wasn’t supposed to be about me.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-08-15 09:55
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.

Harry Potter Casts a Spell for Tolerance

Thu, 2014-08-14 13:05
Students who read and discussed a scene from Harry Potter in which the cruel Draco Malfoy calls Hermione a “filthy little Mudblood,” and her friends react with outrage reported more positive feelings about immigrants.

Rent a Toy, Learn a Lesson

Thu, 2014-08-14 09:11
What would children learn if we made them give away some of their favorite toys after a month? Maybe that ownership and appreciation aren't linked.

Rainy Day Video Game Rules: Is iPad Monopoly ‘Screen Time?’

Wed, 2014-08-13 13:31
There are only two children at home on this rainy day, and only one child wants to play Monopoly — which brought up a new question. Is playing Monopoly against the iPad really a "video game"?

Baby Pictures at the O.B.’s Office? No More.

Tue, 2014-08-12 12:02
Because of privacy and legal concerns, there will be no more "baby walls" of patient and family photos in doctors offices.

Helping Children Find Friends in a New Town (That Aren’t Your Friends, Too)

Tue, 2014-08-12 09:53
My children say they've made plenty of friends in our new town. Trouble is, they're all my co-workers. And as awesome as their grown-up friends are, children need kid friends, too.

Weekly Quandary: Is It Impolite to Give a Child a Command?

Tue, 2014-08-12 08:56
How do you make the difference between a question and a directive clear for the children in your house?

If My Son Loves Football, Can He Still Love Me?

Sun, 2014-08-10 08:16
My husband and I consider our family progressive. We're all for boys in pink playing with dolls. But progressive really means letting your children choose what to love, and my son loves football.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-08-08 12:39
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.

Need Kids to Follow Instructions? Don’t Ask. Tell.

Fri, 2014-08-08 08:28
“Do you want to put on your shoes now?” “Should we have macaroni and cheese for dinner?” “How about you go brush your teeth?” These are not really questions.

If We Link Boys With Bedlam, What Does That Say to Our Girls?

Thu, 2014-08-07 11:14
Our hosts this summer, all parents of girls, shook their heads ruefully as my sons romped. If I hear disapproval of my sons’ behavior in their comments, surely their daughters hear approval of more placid ways.

Simple Solutions for Back-to-School Student Organization (Sorry, No Trapper Keeper)

Thu, 2014-08-07 08:02
Once, the Trapper Keeper promised to solve your organizational woes while simultaneously elevating you to cool-kid status. Today's organizational systems should be even simpler (no gadgets required).

‘Would You Like Us to Arrest Him?’

Wed, 2014-08-06 07:59
After my 15-year-old was flashed on the street, my instinct was to shelter her. She had a stronger response in mind.

Telling the Kids: ‘We’re Moving.’

Tue, 2014-08-05 08:18
Telling my children we were moving from Atlanta to Nashville was easier than I thought it would be. Getting over worrying about how the move would affect them was not.

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.