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The Sixth Stage of Grief: Buying a Puppy

Fri, 2014-04-11 15:45
My adorable son has grown tall, lean and hairy. This explains, in part, the decision to add something unambiguously cute to our life. But Phoebe distracts us from more than just that.

Pay the Babysitter Over $1,900 This Year? You Owe It to Her to Put Her On the Books

Fri, 2014-04-11 14:37
Think paying taxes on the babysitter is a "one-percenter" problem? Think again, because if we parents don't pay taxes on our babysitters, it isn't just our problem.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-04-11 11:59
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.

One Baby, Five Nationalities

Fri, 2014-04-11 08:59
My infant son is eligible for five citizenships, and the choice of which passports to apply for turned out to be about much more than visas, paperwork and taxes.

Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests

Thu, 2014-04-10 18:46
Researchers find that students’ reading comprehension was lower when they read books on electronic devices.

Why Students Are Tested, and Why Some Parents Opt Out

Thu, 2014-04-10 09:15
Schools haven't been penalizing families who opt out, whether as an objection to standardized testing or to avoid the anxiety high-stakes testing elicits in some children.

Knives, Not Guns, at a School Near Pittsburgh

Wed, 2014-04-09 14:13
Who would minimize a knife attack in which a single young person was able to injure 20 others with the thought "it could have been a lot worse?" Anyone who has come to expect the verb in the headline to be "shoots," not "stabs."

Recipes for Kids: Congee

Wed, 2014-04-09 13:49
Congee is a thick Chinese soup made with rice, which sort of explodes as it cooks.

Parents Should Coach Academics as Seriously as They Do Sports

Wed, 2014-04-09 09:08
Train little Seymour for the 2028 Olympics, and people might laugh. But prepare Sofia for the 2028 International Math Olympiad, and they'd think you were crazy.

Family Disaster Preparedness

Tue, 2014-04-08 14:11
Any family who has weathered a severe storm knows it's easier if you're prepared. But I admit it—we're not. No stockpile of water, no emergency plan. Are you?

Measuring Motherhood, One Preschool Application at a Time

Tue, 2014-04-08 10:19
I felt proud of the way I'd navigated through the Manhattan preschool maze we'd chosen — until my friend Jamie one-upped me, as I thought she had a hundred times before.

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.