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Online Dating Rules for My Grandmother: Must Drive, Preferably at Night

Fri, 2015-02-13 09:44
While my grandmother and I have always been close, her online dating experiment brought us closer, mostly because she called me four or five times a week (she kept forgetting her JDate password).

Your Turn: A Weekly Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-02-13 01:27
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.

Let Children Change

Thu, 2015-02-12 11:01
When parents keep expecting our kids to repeat old mistakes, we're saying "you can't change," or maybe "you can't change while I'm still here." Bad plan.

Teaching Students How to Talk Less, and Think More

Thu, 2015-02-12 09:14
Parents often worry that a teacher calls on some students more than others, or that quieter children are overlooked in the classroom.

Babies Who Eat to Live, Instead of the Other Way Around

Wed, 2015-02-11 10:51
Obsessing over a baby who is eating enough for her, but not enough to put her on the weight chart.

The Community College/‘Real College’ Divide

Wed, 2015-02-11 07:36
You know what saddened me when I worked at the community college? Meeting students who sounded apologetic for being there. They had heard the message that community college was not real college, and they listened.

The Military Marriage Trapeze Act

Tue, 2015-02-10 17:22
Stopping at a highway rest stop, my 4-year-old spotted a group of uniformed Marines paying for snacks. "Mommy!” she exclaimed, “look at ALL those daddies!” We're never really alone.

Shelf, iPad, Bed Table: Reading, January 2015

Tue, 2015-02-10 14:35
What I bought, what I read, what I thought I'd read and what I put down and never picked back up this January.

Even a ‘Good Baby’ Is Exhausting

Tue, 2015-02-10 08:54
She's just a baby, albeit a premature baby, doing exactly what a baby her age should do. But that hasn't stopped us from losing sleep over her.

It’s Monday. Why Does It Always Have to Be a Snow Day?

Mon, 2015-02-09 10:29
Monday is my day off. My "me" day. Just me, and my work, alone, in the house. Unless it's a snow day — and this year, Monday always seems to be a snow day.

Childhood Heroes: Once Self-Made, Now to the Manner Born

Sun, 2015-02-08 07:08
Once, the very act of surviving hardship shaped a hero. Now, the powerful, from "Frozen's" Elsa to "The Incredibles," are to the manor born. That's a striking cultural shift.

Should Children Be Forced to Perform?

Fri, 2015-02-06 10:55
Children need to learn how to read, but do they really need to learn to sing Do-Re-Mi in front of two hundred people with flashing cameras?

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-02-06 09:09
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.

Shared Custody: So Even on Paper, So Hard on the First Night

Thu, 2015-02-05 13:56
If there was a mothering switch, I hadn’t yet found the dimmer.

Need Help Finding Your Sweet Spot at Home and Work? Apply Here.

Wed, 2015-02-04 15:17
Want some help making the small shifts that make life slide into a more manageable gear?

Compare and Contrast: College-Ready First Graders or Godlike Cherubs?

Wed, 2015-02-04 12:33
Two articles will make you think about what’s “natural” for your family, and how that might be different from what works for others.

Donating Embryos, Not ‘Giving Up Babies’

Tue, 2015-02-03 16:12
Infertility is sad and frustrating and a huge financial burden, writes an embryo donor. I love the idea that one of our frozen embryos could end that heartache for a family.

Time to Leave the N.I.C.U. Behind

Tue, 2015-02-03 10:28
We’re as ready as we’re ever going to be to have Evy home with us. We want to be the ones who know her best; right now, the nurses know her much better than we do, because they care for her 85 percent of the time.

Want More Vaccinated Kids? End Religious and Personal Exemptions.

Mon, 2015-02-02 18:53
There is no need to silence or punish parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. If we end exemptions to vaccine requirements for public school attendance, most parents will make a different choice.

Vaccination: How Personal Belief Came to Outweigh Public Health

Mon, 2015-02-02 11:14
The history of the fallacy that led to the current spread of vaccine resistance.