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Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-11-28 08:14
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.

Kindle Versus Ipad: Which Tablet Is Best for Kids?

Thu, 2014-11-27 19:06
When choosing a child's tablet, remember that you are making a down payment toward a content library that will last for years. Making a hasty decision based on price may backfire.

This Thanksgiving, Setting My Family Free

Wed, 2014-11-26 17:30
This year, I understand that my grown children are trying too hard to be with everyone in some fashion over a period of very few days allotted to that purpose.

Intensive Thanksgiving

Wed, 2014-11-26 11:27
Before he lost his ability to speak, one of my son’s favorite questions was, "Mommy, what are you thankful for?" Over the Thanksgiving we spent in the intensive care unit, I continued to answer the question he could no longer ask.

The Giving Tree: ‘Take What You Want, Leave What You Can’

Wed, 2014-11-26 05:35
Stocking the branches of the Giving Tree with candy, gloves and small gifts kept us busy, and grateful, all season long.

Talking About Racism With White Kids

Tue, 2014-11-25 18:24
Having an “uncomfortable” talk with your white children about privilege, bias and racism? Good.

Covering the Ferguson Verdict Protests, With Kids in the Minivan

Tue, 2014-11-25 15:01
My 5-year-old has become a veteran of the protests I often cover as a journalist, so much so that she has her own explanations. “Did they shoot someone again, Mama?” she asked. “His parents must be very, very sad. It's like that boy in the pictures in Times Square, remember?”

Traveling Solo With Children, and Playing the Deployment Card

Tue, 2014-11-25 10:38
With my husband deployed, my days of team man-on-man defense are over. I'm playing zone with two toddlers, and traveling, as we will this week, is the hardest game of all.

How Will You Talk With Your Sons About Tamir Rice, Shot in the Park After Waving a Toy Gun?

Mon, 2014-11-24 14:43
When my son asked why it mattered what color the boy was, I told him. It matters because many, many people see something different, when they look at a boy who looks like Tamar Rice, than when they look at a boy who looks like you.

You Can Freeze Your Eggs. You Can’t Freeze Time.

Mon, 2014-11-24 12:15
Apple and Facebook have started a useful conversation with the novel perk of enabling employees to freeze their eggs. But I have a message for women considering this option: it may not work.

Our Marriage Ended. Our Family Did Not.

Sun, 2014-11-23 07:49
Of course we tried staying together for the sake of our son. Until one night, during one of our fine-tuned feuds, our shouting woke up the baby.

Soaking Cranberries, and Heading Into Thanksgiving Week

Fri, 2014-11-21 14:30
Isn't the rule that no one has to cook anything over Thanksgiving week that isn't for Thanksgiving?

Why This Troop Leader Quit the Girl Scouts

Fri, 2014-11-21 10:49
As a former Girl Scout Troop Leader, I have a theory about why membership is dropping. It's not the badges. It's not the cookies. It's the endless, endless forms.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-11-21 10:13
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.

H Is for Helicopter, G Is For Guilt — What’s Your Modern Parent Letter?

Thu, 2014-11-20 13:47
If Q is for Quinoa, E is for Equipped (for Everything) and M is for Meltdown, what's your nominee for the modern parent's alphabet?

‘Why Is This Happening in Your Life?’ Parents in the Child Welfare System Need to Be Heard

Thu, 2014-11-20 11:32
The news tends to dwell on the tragedies, but most children who enter foster care go home to parents—like me—who repair their families and refuse to give up hope.

Conversation Starters for Beyond the Thanksgiving Table

Thu, 2014-11-20 09:41
Talking about gratitude and giving around the Thanksgiving table is a great time to start a new family tradition: jump starting better conversations every night.

It’s a Boy, and It’s Okay to Be Disappointed

Wed, 2014-11-19 11:17
When the ultrasound technician found that white blob between the legs of my baby on the computer screen, I cried.

Three Girls? ‘I Feel Sorry for Their Father’

Wed, 2014-11-19 11:17
Almost everywhere we go— a hike on a mountain trail, a restaurant, an art museum-- unsolicited comments about the same sex of my children follow.

Pregnant With a Boy? Even in 2014, Some Call That ‘Lucky’

Wed, 2014-11-19 11:16
I was pregnant: I didn’t want to engage people in a discussion on gender. I wanted to take a nap. Still, I was alarmed to hear repeatedly that it was somehow preferable to have a boy instead of a girl.