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Reader Questions, Answered: Returning to Work After a Career Break

Fri, 2014-03-21 14:30
Times readers ask career development experts for guidance on returning to the workforce after a break to care for children or aging parents.

Casual Remarks That Hurt: Microaggression and Adoptive Families

Fri, 2014-03-21 12:16
Adoptive families, and children who were adopted into them, often talk among ourselves about the "dumb things people say" to and about us. Those comments have a name — microaggressions — but there's no consensus about the best way to handle them.

Advice on How to Have a Good Paternity Leave

Fri, 2014-03-21 10:10
Advice from New York Times readers on how fathers can make the most of paternity leave.

EchoAge and Other Better Ways to Do Birthday Presents

Thu, 2014-03-20 10:53
EchoAge enables children to get one sizeable cash gift to use for a special birthday present while giving an equivalent amount of money to charity. The catch? You have to let your children ask their friends' parents for money.

Does Texting at a Stop Sign Count?

Wed, 2014-03-19 14:49
Even teenagers who say they "don't text and drive" pull out the phone at every red light, and many of their parents do too. Should you ever touch the phone keyboard while the car is in drive?

College Admissions Season: When the Answer Is No

Wed, 2014-03-19 10:29
Some people say that students should entirely drive the college application process. But what parent would let a 17-year-old make such a big decision without help, and what parent wouldn't share the disappointment when the dream college doesn't come true?

Time to Make Up for a Missed Measles Vaccine

Tue, 2014-03-18 15:59
The measles outbreak in New York City offers an opportunity to reach out to families whose children have missed, skipped or delayed the vaccine.

The White House Pastry Chef Is Moving to a New Kitchen

Tue, 2014-03-18 14:43
Bill Yosses took the White House from the bottomless cookie plate to a granola bar without nuts, chocolate or white sugar. How does your family balance healthy eating and foods that are fun?

Religious Preschool’s Appeal to the Secular Parent

Tue, 2014-03-18 09:20
My husband and I are both Jewish, but we're different kinds of Jewish. I thought a Jewish preschool would help connect our daughter to her culture. He had doubts.

Reader Comments and Questions: Helping the Stay-at-Home Parent (and More) Get Back in the Game

Mon, 2014-03-17 19:12
Have you returned to work after taking time off to raise or care for a family, or are you working on relaunching your career? Ask your questions and share your stories here.

How Do I Make the Most of My Paternity Leave?

Mon, 2014-03-17 12:49
We’d like to ask dads (and the moms or partners who know them) to share their wisdom about how to have the best possible paternity leave.

Shouldn’t the Breast Pump Be as Elegant as an iPhone and as Quiet as a Prius by Now?

Sun, 2014-03-16 07:54
That noise? It's the motor, not the suction, and a half-ton hybrid vehicle is quieter. And what product designer actually thought women wanted to see their nipples getting sucked into small tubes over and over again?

It’s Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-03-14 15:07
Welcome to the NYT Motherlode's first open thread. Got thoughts about news and family this week? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.

Please Don’t Call Me Mom

Fri, 2014-03-14 14:47
Perhaps these situations sound familiar. A nurse says to me, “Mom, how many hours does she sleep at night?” An activity leader: “Mom, pick-up is at 6.” A sales clerk: “Mom, do we need another size?” I’m not their mom.

Why Kids Love a (Minor) ‘Crisis’

Fri, 2014-03-14 12:10
When a friend's car slid off our driveway into three-foot drifts of snow, it was all hands on deck, and a reminder that everyone, children included, likes to be needed.

‘Dragon Mother’ Emily Rapp: A New Baby Doesn’t, and Shouldn’t, Replace What’s Lost

Thu, 2014-03-13 13:00
I can live with the joy of new motherhood without losing the memory of loving my son for his three short years or the daily painful reminder that I will never see or hold him again.

5 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew: Your Children Can Do More Than You Think

Thu, 2014-03-13 10:06
Teachers have a different perspective on our children — one that can help us to see them differently. They're capable individuals, they don't need constant feedback, and they're learning from what we do (not what we say).

Homework’s Emotional Toll on Students and Families

Wed, 2014-03-12 19:24
Homework dominates the evening for many families, even those with young children. All that time hitting the books (and arguing about hitting the books) takes an emotional toll on parents and students.

Changes at Motherlode: Living the Family Dynamic

Wed, 2014-03-12 10:50
The Motherlode blog has a new look and a new virtual home at The Times, but maintains the same goal: to cover the ways our families affect us, and the ways the news affects our families.

A Sister’s Love, Not Tempered by Expectations

Tue, 2014-03-11 21:54
A mother and filmmaker captures her daughter's unreserved love for a brother born with cerebral palsy.