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Unwrapping the Comfort of Sameness With Spanish Immersion Elementary School

Fri, 2014-10-10 12:29
As a missionary's kid, I grew up in speaking a language not my own and playing with children not like me. To find the same experience for my daughter, I had to make her the outsider.

Ta-dah! We Built You a Hut

Fri, 2014-10-10 09:50
Every year, while others are mapping out their jack-o'-lantern carvings or dusting off boxes of Christmas decorations in the attic, we are building a hut for Sukkot.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-10-10 09:15
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.

How Do I Know What’s Bullying and What’s Normal Conflict?

Fri, 2014-10-10 07:06
When my daughter first started school, she raced off to school happily each morning. Until, suddenly, she didn't.

The College Essay Consultant’s Son Has No Shoes

Thu, 2014-10-09 13:44
It’s much easier to brush off your mother than a stranger who is paid to give advice about your college application essays.

Found Money: Return, Rejoice or Share?

Thu, 2014-10-09 09:47
One morning last month, I turned the corner with my 8-year-old daughter and there, on the sidewalk, lay a teaching moment waiting to happen in the form of a crumpled $20 bill.

What’s Really for Breakfast?

Thu, 2014-10-09 07:01
If I were faced with a photographer coming to my house to take pictures of breakfast, I'd be very tempted to do it up right.

Heading the PTA, and Challenging the School Board in Colorado

Wed, 2014-10-08 16:03
Being President of Jefferson County PTA in the midst of the controversy over the U.S. History curriculum has been a wild, exhilarating, if taxing and nerve-wracking, ride.

An Over-the Counter At-Home Conception Aid

Wed, 2014-10-08 14:44
Women exploring conception aids have a new over-the-counter option.

As Lobbyists and Politicians Shout It Out Over School Lunch, Can Parents Be Heard?

Wed, 2014-10-08 08:46
Big Food lobbying dollars and heated partisan politics threaten the first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in decades. Can parents be heard above the din?

With Black Students, Some Schools Are More Ready to Punish Than Help

Tue, 2014-10-07 15:41
My son's school seemed to see him as a bad child, not a child with needs the school could help to address.

The Surprising Value of Journaling an Ordinary Day

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:26
If you keep a journal, it's not the record of the momentous events that will bring you the most pleasure later. It's the little things.

‘Where Are You Delivering?’ Omaha.

Tue, 2014-10-07 10:18
We are traveling – by car, as a family – 1,200 miles so that I can give birth in Omaha, which is where I am from. The waiting lists to be a part of midwifery practices on the East Coast and the overbooked schedules of its clinicians wore me down.

Challenged by My Catholic School’s Choices, and Challenging It in Return

Mon, 2014-10-06 14:54
When I first heard what happened to Barb Webb, a married lesbian and teacher at my former Catholic high school who, after 9 years of teaching there, was fired after she announced her pregnancy, I was shocked—and then I wasn’t.

Picture Day Quandary: Can She Wear the Tiara?

Mon, 2014-10-06 10:59
A reader asks: my 7-year-old daughter announced last week that she would be wearing a tiara for picture day. This was not ok by me, but I decided to keep silent. What would you have done?

The Issue With Sexting Isn’t the Sex. It’s the Text.

Mon, 2014-10-06 09:15
"I’ll show you mine, you show yours" has been around for a long time. It’s the medium that makes it different and scary.

Stepmother: Not Evil. Not Perfect. Not Mom.

Sun, 2014-10-05 07:54
I was certain I would be the perfect stepmother, part Mary Poppins, part Maria from "The Sound of Music," as I helped to intertwine our families.

Not a ‘PTA Mom’

Fri, 2014-10-03 10:57
Before my son started school, I shared my parents' hippie view of the P.T.A. as a perfect-parent filled hassle and just another part of The Establishment trying to squelch creativity out of learning.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-10-03 10:22
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 Family Table: Slow-Cooker Tacos, Sesame Noodles and Meatloaf

Fri, 2014-10-03 10:13
What family dinner really looks like at our house: tacos, noodles, slow-cooker curry with mixed success and a meatloaf from the freezer.