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Adoptees Like Me ‘Flip the Script’ on the Pro-Adoption Narrative

Thu, 2014-11-13 13:19
I don’t know how to solve the broader problems with adoption, or even my own. But I’m relieved that more adoptees are finding a way to talk about the reality: not all adoptions end in rainbows and bubbly baby smiles.

To A.P. or Not to A.P., That Is the Question

Thu, 2014-11-13 10:49
Advanced Placement courses can be a real boon to students motivated by intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. But for students looking to please their parents or for those in pursuit of transcript padding and other false academic idols, A.P. courses can be an unpleasant and unhealthy slog.

When All Else Fails, Embryo Adoption Offers Hope

Wed, 2014-11-12 13:59
After four years of infertility and many failures, this little baby popsicle of an embryo was our best hope at finally becoming parents.

A Soon-to-Be Grandma, Ready to Learn

Wed, 2014-11-12 10:48
This spring, my older daughter announced that she was pregnant. And I realized almost immediately that I knew nothing about today's birthing or parenting issues. I had a lot of catching up to do.

This Veterans Day, Read (and Listen to) Family Stories

Tue, 2014-11-11 12:13
Military experience was once common. Many of us grew up surrounded by parents and family who had served. Now, military life seems removed from the everyday for many of us. Here, for Veteran's Day, stories of military family.

On Veterans Day, Offering Gratitude and Accepting It

Tue, 2014-11-11 08:40
When I told the man at the baggage counter that my husband was deployed, he immediately replied, "Thank you for your service." I didn't quite know how to respond.

Quandary: When the Tests Are Overwhelming, What’s Next?

Mon, 2014-11-10 16:07
Most schools conduct some form of standardized testing. What helps a child who finds the tests stressful, and when is the testing too much?

Our Real ‘Mommy’ (and ‘Daddy’) Problem: Your Children Are Your Problem

Mon, 2014-11-10 14:20
What happens when children are considered the adorable lifestyle choice of a nation of "mommies?" No one else needs to worry about the needs of those children—or of any children.

Our ‘Mommy’ Problem and Mine

Mon, 2014-11-10 10:29
As a new mother, newly laid off, it quickly became painfully clear that the life I’d imagined for myself once upon a time—as a professional, wife, and mother—had been a modern-day fairy tale.

A Week of the Tried-and-True

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:47
In today's episode of "The Triumph of the Well-Stocked Kitchen," our heroine runs out of bread and chicken broth, but is able to save the day on both occasions. The exciting weekly cooking routine of this mother of four.

You ‘Can’t Imagine Life Without Kids’? I Can.

Fri, 2014-11-07 14:44
If I want to grocery shop, there is the Leo Factor — will a bagel appease him, or will this require juice? I fantasize about not needing to consider that, and that doesn't make me unworthy of being a parent.

Slower Cabs, and Safer Children: New York City Reduces Speed Limit to 25

Fri, 2014-11-07 13:28
The families of young victims of traffic violence advocated for a slower speed limit in New York City, and won. Not everyone is happy about it.

When Library Time Means Screen Time

Fri, 2014-11-07 11:24
I was hoping my 4-year-old would see the library as I once did, as a hushed building full of endless promise. Instead, it's become an arcade.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-11-07 10:36
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.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Forever Stamp

Fri, 2014-11-07 09:43
At the risk of being accused of holiday creep, I have to share these Rudolph, Santa, Hermey and Bumble stamps.

Dear Teenagers: Come Babysit. Please.

Thu, 2014-11-06 14:19
I get it. You're busy with iPhones and iPads and WhatApp and whatnot. But couldn't you do all those things from the comfort of my home for $10 (or so) an hour?

The Child Who Declares ‘I Want to Be Rich’

Thu, 2014-11-06 08:21
It's a statement that makes some parents uncomfortable — what are we teaching them, if that's the goal? It's still worth talking about honestly.

While Some Parents Volunteer Too Much, Others Feel Excluded

Wed, 2014-11-05 14:36
Language barriers and perceived race and class barriers can mean that when it comes to volunteering, some parents stay home—and feel unable to help their children achieve.

Paid Sick Leave: On Four Ballots, and Undefeated

Wed, 2014-11-05 11:35
Paid sick leave was on four ballots last night. All four initiatives passed, even in Massachusetts, which now has both a Republican governor and the nation's strongest requirements for paid sick leave.

Raising Invisible Kids: Not Everyone Needs to Be Famous

Wed, 2014-11-05 09:48
So many young people think: Why would I want to work backstage when I can vie to be the front person? But "backstage" work (literally or metaphorically) can lead to a more fulfilling and even more successful life.