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Judge the ‘Rebel Heart’ Sailboat Parents, or Envy Them?

Mon, 2014-04-07 14:51
Are parents raising children in extreme circumstances, like on a sailboat crossing the Pacific Ocean, bringing children into their chosen way of life or selfishly exposing them to unnecessary risk?

Jesus Lives, but Should He Live in My Front Yard?

Sat, 2014-04-05 21:47
As a young adult Christian whose political views are left of center, working in higher education where intellect is the only religion, I'm constantly negotiating how much of myself to share. My daughter has no such doubts.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-04-04 14:49
[SHARETOOLS]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.

Seeking College Application Essays About Money From This Year’s Seniors

Fri, 2014-04-04 13:19
Ron Lieber, the Your Money columnist for The New York Times, is looking for college application essays about money, work and social class from this year's high school seniors.

One Word That Should Never Follow ‘I Love You’

Fri, 2014-04-04 12:38
Let’s be honest, when you add this word, the purpose of the statement is to communicate everything except “I love you.”

The Case Against Savings Accounts (but Not Savings)

Thu, 2014-04-03 13:30
Is a savings account a teaching tool, or a "black hole that swallows birthday checks"?

I Refuse to Be Busy

Thu, 2014-04-03 12:08
Most of the time, being "busy" is a choice, and it's a choice I refuse to make.

Research on Children and Math: Underestimated and Unchallenged

Thu, 2014-04-03 09:30
New research suggests that kindergarteners are capable of learning more advanced math concepts than are offered in most classrooms.

Facing the Skepticism in Adoption, in Qatar and in the U.S.

Wed, 2014-04-02 20:50
In Qatar, skepticism of adoption is such that, after an adopted girl died, her parents were accused of being intent on selling her organs. In the United States, doubts are less grisly but still apparent.

9 Novels Both Girls and Boys Can Love

Wed, 2014-04-02 13:55
Tired of "boy books" and "girl books?" Nine books (or series) that both the boys and girls in my family have enjoyed.

Recipes for Kids: Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Wed, 2014-04-02 11:44
It’s a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich, with tortillas instead of bread.

Feeding Teenagers: The Days of Control Are Gone

Wed, 2014-04-02 09:10
I went from getting toddlers to sit still for a 15-minute dinner to texting teenagers to make sure they joined us at the table, and from encouraging them to try new foods to taming their newfound food freedom.

Federal Funding for Maternal and Infant Visits Extended — Briefly

Tue, 2014-04-01 12:35
The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs enjoy bipartisan support. Locally run programs successfully reduce infant mortality and increase longer term family success. So Congress has extended the funding for the federal-state partnership -- for six months.

If Ivy League Is the Endgame, I’m Not Sure I Want to Play

Tue, 2014-04-01 10:21
"Exmissions" is the opposite of "admissions," and the other parents working to get their offspring into preschool in Manhattan all seemed to have the kind of clear long-term plans that make a school's "top tier hit rate" matter. I wasn't even sure which preschool I liked best, let alone where I hoped Zee would go next.

How to Talk to Your Teenager About Pornography

Mon, 2014-03-31 11:24
Even researchers who can't point to definitive evidence that pornography harms teenagers say parents should talk to their children about what they might see online. What should that conversation look like?

A Sperm Donor, Uncertain of What It Is to Be ‘Bio-Dad’

Sun, 2014-03-30 07:34
After a request from friends, a 29-year-old gay man explored the possibility of becoming a sperm donor.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-03-28 14:39
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.

The Elaborate Replacement Teddy Bear Hoax

Fri, 2014-03-28 08:38
After my toddler's bear toppled out of the stroller, I found a replacement and staged the great Rainbow Home for Christmas Spectacular. My daughter wasn't fooled for a minute.

3 Things Parents Wish Teachers Knew: We Can Handle the Truth

Thu, 2014-03-27 08:45
Teachers wish parents knew that our children can do more than we let them, while parents wish teachers would be more honest — and understand that homework has real costs.

‘In Hindsight, Is Stay-at-Home Parenting Something You’d Recommend?’

Wed, 2014-03-26 14:15
Into a field of parents looking to return to the workforce after taking time off for family reasons, a future mother lobs a tough question. Is stay-at-home parenting something you'd recommend?