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Mon, 2015-01-05 14:38
Those spas for little girls aren't really about little girls at all. They're about parents looking for something special in a world where very little is “special” anymore.
Sun, 2015-01-04 07:00
I worried that my daughter's decision to take a gap year would mean she'd never go to college. I shouldn't have.
Fri, 2015-01-02 08:20
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.
Thu, 2015-01-01 08:10
Advice from a stack of postcards hidden in a closet years ago: Encourage your children in what they want, not what you want. Also, keep a good figure.
Wed, 2014-12-31 10:04
Teenagers in foster care need the meaningful connections with adult friends and mentors that this organization provides. Sometimes those relationships become something more.
Wed, 2014-12-31 09:26
Two families describe the fun they've had working with the African Library Project, which works with donors to start school libraries in Africa.
Wed, 2014-12-31 08:09
If I could lie in a dentist's chair for several hours, why not a lounge chair?
Tue, 2014-12-30 15:33
A student is inspired by Blink Now, and her social studies teacher, to work for change for women in Nepal.
Tue, 2014-12-30 12:21
When middle schooler Grady Beauregard heard a boy around his age describe his life in Sudan, it inspired Grady to reach out to others and find out what he could do to help.
Tue, 2014-12-30 10:41
Their family needed Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation's help, but found that their work to find a donor for their son helped others as well, and inspires them still.
Tue, 2014-12-30 09:29
I remember us, the day our daughter was born after my husband's return from Iraq, telling our families that he wouldn't deploy again "until 2015."
Mon, 2014-12-29 15:17
In movies where adults fall for children, parents, nonparents and children alike see an idealized version of what they want in their own family relationships.
Mon, 2014-12-29 12:34
Mobile Loaves and Fishes inspires Claudia Barlow and her daughter, Bailey, to work with a community of homeless and formerly homeless people in Austin, Tex.
Sun, 2014-12-28 07:39
We have mentored a foster child through many "homes" and placements, and she has spent many holidays with us. This year, she's bonding (we hope) with a new family.
Sat, 2014-12-27 07:55
Sal's Shoes collects used shoes from families to send directly to children who need them.
Fri, 2014-12-26 07:50
From the time our boys were babies, we were so desperate for a few hours of respite that we turned our house into a library with a nasty librarian. Now they can't sleep without silence — and I know how well that ends.
Fri, 2014-12-26 07:20
The St. Baldrick's Foundation inspired two young people to give their passion, and to write in about it.
Thu, 2014-12-25 04:27
There’s a common perception that with cancer in the house, the mood is all death and dying, gloom and doom. But there can be laughter and humor, too.
Wed, 2014-12-24 07:32
My daughter is still a little girl, with a stuffed Piglet and Velcro-fastened shoes. For years, she's dictated her letter to Santa to me. This year, things were different.
Tue, 2014-12-23 11:22
For my daughter’s fifth birthday, I put together a book of photos that I thought captured her short life. And then I realized that every picture I had chosen made it all look perfect.