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What’s Really for Breakfast?

Thu, 2014-10-09 07:01
If I were faced with a photographer coming to my house to take pictures of breakfast, I'd be very tempted to do it up right.

Heading the PTA, and Challenging the School Board in Colorado

Wed, 2014-10-08 16:03
Being President of Jefferson County PTA in the midst of the controversy over the U.S. History curriculum has been a wild, exhilarating, if taxing and nerve-wracking, ride.

An Over-the Counter At-Home Conception Aid

Wed, 2014-10-08 14:44
Women exploring conception aids have a new over-the-counter option.

As Lobbyists and Politicians Shout It Out Over School Lunch, Can Parents Be Heard?

Wed, 2014-10-08 08:46
Big Food lobbying dollars and heated partisan politics threaten the first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in decades. Can parents be heard above the din?

With Black Students, Some Schools Are More Ready to Punish Than Help

Tue, 2014-10-07 15:41
My son's school seemed to see him as a bad child, not a child with needs the school could help to address.

The Surprising Value of Journaling an Ordinary Day

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:26
If you keep a journal, it's not the record of the momentous events that will bring you the most pleasure later. It's the little things.

‘Where Are You Delivering?’ Omaha.

Tue, 2014-10-07 10:18
We are traveling – by car, as a family – 1,200 miles so that I can give birth in Omaha, which is where I am from. The waiting lists to be a part of midwifery practices on the East Coast and the overbooked schedules of its clinicians wore me down.

Challenged by My Catholic School’s Choices, and Challenging It in Return

Mon, 2014-10-06 14:54
When I first heard what happened to Barb Webb, a married lesbian and teacher at my former Catholic high school who, after 9 years of teaching there, was fired after she announced her pregnancy, I was shocked—and then I wasn’t.

Picture Day Quandary: Can She Wear the Tiara?

Mon, 2014-10-06 10:59
A reader asks: my 7-year-old daughter announced last week that she would be wearing a tiara for picture day. This was not ok by me, but I decided to keep silent. What would you have done?

The Issue With Sexting Isn’t the Sex. It’s the Text.

Mon, 2014-10-06 09:15
"I’ll show you mine, you show yours" has been around for a long time. It’s the medium that makes it different and scary.

Stepmother: Not Evil. Not Perfect. Not Mom.

Sun, 2014-10-05 07:54
I was certain I would be the perfect stepmother, part Mary Poppins, part Maria from "The Sound of Music," as I helped to intertwine our families.

Not a ‘PTA Mom’

Fri, 2014-10-03 10:57
Before my son started school, I shared my parents' hippie view of the P.T.A. as a perfect-parent filled hassle and just another part of The Establishment trying to squelch creativity out of learning.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-10-03 10:22
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.

The Family Table: Slow-Cooker Tacos, Sesame Noodles and Meatloaf

Fri, 2014-10-03 10:13
What family dinner really looks like at our house: tacos, noodles, slow-cooker curry with mixed success and a meatloaf from the freezer.

In Defense of Sparkle Science

Thu, 2014-10-02 16:36
It's not necessary to create an arbitrary dividing line between "serious" science and everything else. For some children, learning about the science behind sparkly things is their way in to a whole world of technology.

Dear Parent: A Student May Have Been Exposed to the Ebola Virus

Thu, 2014-10-02 11:15
In an atmosphere of uncertainty, an excess of caution can seem perfectly reasonable. So were the parents who removed their children from schools in Dallas because of the fear of Ebola wrong?

Fairy House for Sale. No Financing.

Thu, 2014-10-02 10:34
“I’m interested in buying a fairy house,” I told the first branch of the phone tree at Bank of America Home Loans. In August, the company agreed to pay a $16.65 billion penalty for its role in selling bonds based on make-believe mortgages. I felt that I had gone to the right place. Read more (and watch the slide show).

Helping Kids Take Criticism Constructively (Even When It Isn’t Constructive)

Thu, 2014-10-02 08:07
In an attempt to make feedback palatable for children, we construct feedback sandwiches of critical meat between slices of fluffy and comforting praise.

Would a Different Job Make You a Different Parent?

Wed, 2014-10-01 12:31
As parents we spend a great deal of time talking about the effects of work on our home life and how family life impacts our careers. There's a third variable worth considering: how our choice of career affects our family.

Surviving Shots: 12 Tips for Parents and Kids

Wed, 2014-10-01 10:09
Rare is the child who looks forward to the appearance of the needle, but there are things parents can do to make the experience of getting a shot easier.