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Thu, 2015-01-08 14:23
Start here: “We need to talk about Internet pornography; there are a few things I want to be sure you know,” and continue to the things your family considers the most important.
Wed, 2015-01-07 15:00
In keeping with the frugal spirit of January, this month, we’ll be buying little, and using up a lot.
Wed, 2015-01-07 14:30
Because wealthier, better educated parents ‘redshirt’ while others don't, a kindergarten classroom can include 4-year-olds who have never been to preschool and can’t sit still, and 6-year-olds who are fluently reading chapter books and ready for advanced math.
Wed, 2015-01-07 11:35
Families and parents using GoFundMe for what should be small setbacks like car repairs and rent increases have been all over my social media of late.
Tue, 2015-01-06 12:04
I could lose a finger or two and still count on one hand the number of kids I’ve had more than a passing conversation with in my life. What if I can’t connect with children, even those that share my biological imprint?
Tue, 2015-01-06 09:13
With deployment hanging over our heads, 2015 will come with incredible challenges for our marriage, our children and ourselves. I'm resolving to take care of myself as well as my children, accept help when we need it, give it where we can and appreciate our beautiful mess.
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.