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Research Suggests Students Adjusting to New School Lunches

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:54
School administrators agree that students complained about new lunch standards when they were first implemented in the fall of 2012—but tell researchers that by spring, the complaints had largely subsided.

Weekly Quandary: Having a Baby, and Getting a Dog

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:09
Should a couple planning on soon having a baby get a dog?

Immaculate Incarceration: A Baby in Solitary Confinement

Sun, 2014-07-20 07:53
According to my mother's prison records, she served around 17 weeks in "The Hole"—solitary confinement. Only for her it wasn’t so solitary. She had me.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:19
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.

I’ve Ruined My Boys

Fri, 2014-07-18 10:50
My sons—and my husband—expect me to wait on them. I can't really blame them. I made my bed. And everyone else's.

Playgrounds for Kids Who Can’t Run and Jump

Thu, 2014-07-17 13:30
Knowing how many ordinary pleasures were cut off from my daughter, I was angry when something as common as swinging through the air on a hot summer day was also unreachable because of broken or missing equipment.

Goodbye to Cloth Diapers, and Ideal Motherhood

Thu, 2014-07-17 11:40
Those washable diapers were part and parcel of the vision I had of myself as a woman and a mother. And when I gave them up, I didn’t know who I was any more.

Easy Ways to Get More Vegetables on the Table, More Often

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:37
Lots of different types of vegetables and beans can fill a taco, be the excuse for a soup, or top a big bowl.

Simplifying Measuring Medication for Children

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:23
Parents trying to administer medicine to children younger than 12 are often baffled by measuring options and confusing labels.

The Gay Mormon Known Sperm Donor From Utah

Tue, 2014-07-15 11:45
My friends used to offer up my status as a gay former Mormon as an icebreaker. Now, they’re helpfully tossing my role as “known sperm donor” out at dinner parties.

Weekly Quandary: The Kids Are Ungrateful

Mon, 2014-07-14 18:17
When kids who complain about the things a parent thought they would appreciate, like vacations and even chocolate, how can a parent help them change both tone and attitude?

The Emotional Whiplash of Parenting a Teenager

Sun, 2014-07-13 07:30
One minute, your teen needs you. The next, she pushes you away—hard. That's normal for her, but tough on the parent enduring the push and pull.

Summer Car Safety: Look Before You Lock, and More

Fri, 2014-07-11 15:21
The terrible accusations against the father alleged to have intentionally left his toddler to die in a hot car in Georgia make it too easy to mentally file the death under the category "things that will never happen to my family."

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-07-11 13:40
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.

‘All My Friends Are White’

Fri, 2014-07-11 09:23
My son is black, but I’m not. Neither is his mother. We live in Singapore, where we don't have that many friends of any color. I wish I had friends to give my son, but I don't.

We Tell Kids to ‘Go to Sleep!’ We Need to Teach Them Why.

Thu, 2014-07-10 11:14
Sleep does so much more for our bodies than preventing us from being tired tomorrow, but most parents don't tell our children that. Educating kids about the importance of sleep leads them to sleep more.

5 Ways to Teach Kids About Money at the Grocery Store

Thu, 2014-07-10 09:52
We all want things. It's not a character flaw. But financial savvy starts with understanding the difference between "want" and "need."

Parent on a Smartphone, With Almost No Guilt

Wed, 2014-07-09 13:14
Smartphones can make us more present as parents—or not.

Stir-Fries, Mastered. Next Up, the Easy Vegetarian Gratin

Wed, 2014-07-09 11:07
Looking for an easy way to incorporate vegetables into a simple summer meal? This week, the meat-loving Ruder family tries a gratin.

Summer Camp: The Debate

Tue, 2014-07-08 13:29
Should you send your children away to summer camp? Reasonable parents can disagree, and Bruce Feiler and I do.