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Wed, 2014-10-22 12:20
When my family and I immigrated in 1977, to be an Indian-American meant replacing curry with bologna and saris with sweaters, and celebrating Diwali invisibly. My daughter's life is very different.
Wed, 2014-10-22 09:58
At the American Girl store, my 8-year-old son was enraptured by the historical dolls. Surely, there were boys in those times, boys who would have saved the day by using their wits or shown great courage in hard times. Where were they?
Tue, 2014-10-21 16:05
Marijuana is legal in some states and under some circumstances, and can now be munched and drunk as well as smoked. How does that change the way we talk about it with our kids?
Tue, 2014-10-21 12:34
“Breaking Bad” action figures probably don't belong in your 6-year-old’s toy box. But you knew that, right?
Tue, 2014-10-21 10:29
My first appointment at the midwives' office in Omaha was awash in comfort, even so close to delivery.
Mon, 2014-10-20 20:24
Dental cleanings happen only twice a year. Twice-daily brushing matters as much for dental health. To establish that routine for a child on the spectrum, start small.
Mon, 2014-10-20 11:57
Looking for books and strategies to help a behind-the-curve reader find books that interest her, and encourage her to read and improve.
Mon, 2014-10-20 10:28
There is no shame in having more kids than average. Or in working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts, or telling them, “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.”
Mon, 2014-10-20 10:15
At a convention, the Girl Scouts promised to reinvigorate the role of the outdoors in the organization, but some have questioned whether new badges mean real change.
Sun, 2014-10-19 07:05
I know I have the BRCA 1 mutation, and I know I have a strong chance of developing ovarian or breast cancer. But I am 32 years old, and I don't know what to do with that knowledge.
Fri, 2014-10-17 14:35
This week features a lot of moving parts at our house, and dinner will not be the focus. But it still has to be planned and provided, even if not necessarily cooked.
Fri, 2014-10-17 08:52
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.
Fri, 2014-10-17 07:04
If we want to have any chance at defeating, or better yet avoiding, lice, we’re going to have to be willing to talk about them.
Thu, 2014-10-16 13:24
Many parents have grown so accustomed to the need to cobble together an after-school plan that we overlook the challenge those hours present to families who are already over-stretched.
Thu, 2014-10-16 11:56
Sleep is learning, of a very specific kind. "Sleep Study Skills" can help our teenagers game the system — and get enough sleep.
Thu, 2014-10-16 09:15
An inspection of a fifth grader's backpack shows that student organization is a work in progress.
Wed, 2014-10-15 16:09
When I dropped my child's friend off after a visit, my fellow mother came out onto the driveway. "How'd it go?" The answer was "not well," but I didn't know how, or whether, to say it.
Wed, 2014-10-15 13:46
I spent three days with my 3-year-old in the hospital last winter, regretting all the justifications I'd given myself for turning down the flu vaccine at the pediatrician's office.
Wed, 2014-10-15 09:34
Why do we rarely talk about pregnancy loss, though the statistics are staggering? Sharing our stories may be the best way to help other families with their grief.
Tue, 2014-10-14 15:42
Fall is rushing toward winter, and maybe there just isn't enough fall fun to be had to make up for it.