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Talking to Your Teenager About Online Pornography

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.

For January, Cooking the Pantry (and Freezer, and Fridge) Dry

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.

‘Redshirting’ Kindergarten-Age Kids Can Lead to Regrets

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.

When GoFundMe Is the Safety Net

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.

The Child-Averse Sperm Donor

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?

Resolutions for a Year of Change in a Military Family

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.

6-Year-Olds at the Spa: Understandable, Not Laudable

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.

In Fervent Support of the ‘Gap Year’

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.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

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.

Ten Tips for Happiness, on a Postcard From the Past

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.

Charities That Inspire Kids: The Family & Youth Initiative

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.

Charities That Inspire Kids: The African Library Project

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.

When It Takes a Dentist’s Chair to Disconnect

Wed, 2014-12-31 08:09
If I could lie in a dentist's chair for several hours, why not a lounge chair?

Charities That Inspire Kids: BlinkNow

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.

Charities That Inspire Kids: Water for South Sudan

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.

Charities That Inspire Kids: Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation

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.

With Deployment Looming, How Do You Measure a Year?

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."

The Appeal of the Parent-Child Rom-Com

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.

Charities That Inspire Kids: Mobile Loaves and Fishes

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.

A Foster Teen’s Holiday and Uncertain Future

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.