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Two Things I Won’t Be Buying Based on Their Super Bowl Ads

Mon, 2015-02-02 10:45
You made us sad for no reason at all, Nationwide. Low.

Home Schooling, and Teaching, a Child with Down Syndrome

Sun, 2015-02-01 07:09
In school, nothing our son did was seen as typical. At home, I’m able to see him as more than a diagnosis, and he’s able to learn.

Daughter to Disney: I’ll Take the Tiara, You Keep the Prince

Fri, 2015-01-30 10:11
Answering questions from the Fairy-Godmothers-in-Training at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a tiny princess reveals that a tiara and hair extensions didn’t change the kid underneath.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-01-30 07:36
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.

Should Unvaccinated Children Stay Home to Protect a Vulnerable Classmate?

Thu, 2015-01-29 15:55
For a student unable to be vaccinated in California, the risk of measles exposure isn't as small as his family believes it ought to be.

Do Your Children Know How Much It Costs to Support Your Family?

Thu, 2015-01-29 12:48
If you want your children to have any idea what it takes financially to take care of a family, or of themselves, it starts by letting them in on what it takes to support the family they’re a part of now.

Helping a Perfectionist Child Worry Less and Do More

Thu, 2015-01-29 09:42
Perfectionism can take a high toll on children who see it as the only route to living up to their own and their parents’ high standards.

How Janice Dean, Meteorologist and Mother, Does It

Wed, 2015-01-28 14:26
If you had told me before I had kids that the chance to watch "Parenthood" on the DVR would be the lap of luxury, well....

Another Standardized Test, This Time of Citizenship

Wed, 2015-01-28 11:30
Is requiring high schoolers to take the same citizenship exam as immigrants who want to become United States citizen a good way to test a curriculum, or just another memorization requirement?

Totally Prepared. Still Freaking Out.

Tue, 2015-01-27 07:54
One would think that we'd be more ready for her; after all, we had been waiting for this moment for over three years. But "ready" and "get your car seat" are two very different things.

A Mobile Umbilical Cord, Off the Table, but Still Connected

Mon, 2015-01-26 15:07
Those of us who keep our phones nearby all the time — just in case — run the risk of 24/7 distractedness, of never being fully there for our work, ourselves, or our non-offspring companions.

Snow Day Approaches

Mon, 2015-01-26 12:16
Cookie baking. Board game playing. Snow shoveling. What will you do with your snow day?

Changing Early Pregnancy Etiquette: Share Good News, and Bad

Sun, 2015-01-25 20:24
When we decided not to tell friends and family about my pregnancy until after the first trimester, we never paused to consider how much we might need those people if something did actually go wrong.

Childless, With Regret and Advice: Don’t Wait for the Perfect Picture

Fri, 2015-01-23 11:23
I didn't want to become my mother, so I actively avoided becoming a mother at all until it was too late.

The View from Inside the Stroller

Fri, 2015-01-23 10:31
Diego Acosta López wanted to see what it was like when his son, Ignacio — just shy of 2 — visited New York City for the first time.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-01-23 09:46
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.

A New Nominee for Worst Tween Sitcom on TV

Thu, 2015-01-22 13:25
Instead of a show about the coed and girls' teams our children have grown up with, Nickelodeon offers "Bella and the Bulldogs," an ugly throwback to an era when girls who love sports are always odd girl out.

Free of Gluten, but Not of Arsenic (or of Guilt)

Wed, 2015-01-21 16:24
For gluten-free families, the increasing concerns about arsenic and rice are a source of worry and guilt. But how much should parents blame themselves?

When Measles Spreads From Disneyland, It’s a Small World After All

Wed, 2015-01-21 15:50
A current measles outbreak, now at 48 confirmed cases, began with a visitor to Disneyland, and quickly spread beyond those directly exposed there.

43 and Pregnant

Tue, 2015-01-20 14:37
My pregnancy’s viability is still very much in limbo. As am I. I am readying myself for whatever happens, but I am split in a way I have never felt before.