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Tue, 2014-07-15 11:45
My friends used to offer up my status as a gay former Mormon as an icebreaker. Now, they’re helpfully tossing my role as “known sperm donor” out at dinner parties.
Mon, 2014-07-14 18:17
When kids who complain about the things a parent thought they would appreciate, like vacations and even chocolate, how can a parent help them change both tone and attitude?
Sun, 2014-07-13 07:30
One minute, your teen needs you. The next, she pushes you away—hard. That's normal for her, but tough on the parent enduring the push and pull.
Fri, 2014-07-11 15:21
The terrible accusations against the father alleged to have intentionally left his toddler to die in a hot car in Georgia make it too easy to mentally file the death under the category "things that will never happen to my family."
Fri, 2014-07-11 13:40
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, 2014-07-11 09:23
My son is black, but I’m not. Neither is his mother. We live in Singapore, where we don't have that many friends of any color. I wish I had friends to give my son, but I don't.
Thu, 2014-07-10 11:14
Sleep does so much more for our bodies than preventing us from being tired tomorrow, but most parents don't tell our children that. Educating kids about the importance of sleep leads them to sleep more.
Thu, 2014-07-10 09:52
We all want things. It's not a character flaw. But financial savvy starts with understanding the difference between "want" and "need."
Wed, 2014-07-09 13:14
Smartphones can make us more present as parents—or not.
Wed, 2014-07-09 11:07
Looking for an easy way to incorporate vegetables into a simple summer meal? This week, the meat-loving Ruder family tries a gratin.
Tue, 2014-07-08 13:29
Should you send your children away to summer camp? Reasonable parents can disagree, and Bruce Feiler and I do.
Tue, 2014-07-08 12:53
When my friends Tori and Kelly first asked me to be their sperm donor, I was reluctant. But I quickly became fully invested in their process, and far more aware of how widespread infertility is.
Tue, 2014-07-08 11:33
A parent asks: My 6-year-old gets very passionate about certain topics and tends to focus only on those topics. Should I try really hard to strike more of a balance?
Mon, 2014-07-07 12:14
We sports fans often think that had it not been for the other team's misbehavior, our team would have won. In soccer, that's more likely to be true—which makes soccer more difficult to watch with kids.
Thu, 2014-07-03 15:18
Does sharing a home with your parents or in-laws also mean spending more time thinking about death?
Thu, 2014-07-03 14:41
When fireworks are legal, it's up to parents to set limits and decide who should be lighting the fuse.
Tue, 2014-07-01 07:40
I'm thrilled that my parents are so excited about Tori and Kelly's baby, but I'm the sperm donor, and not the person raising this baby. I'm working to manage their expectations.
Mon, 2014-06-30 11:52
Parent seeking advice from other parents: by six or seven o'clock, I'm fried, but my children are needier than ever. How do you cope with the end of the day when the day's been especially tough?
Mon, 2014-06-30 08:31
I think a lot about divorce. Not because I want one, but because I want to avoid getting one.
Sun, 2014-06-29 07:19
Before the birth of my first baby, I asked my parents and my in-laws to get the T.D.A.P. vaccine. My mother and in-laws agreed. My father refused.