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Nine Things to Hate About Packing School Lunches (and How to Fix Them)

Wed, 2014-09-03 17:43
I choose to pack lunches for my children — but I also choose to make it easier to do.

Weekly Quandary: Should You Push a Child to Play a Sport?

Wed, 2014-09-03 11:25
Have you pushed a child into a sport or onto a team, and was it a success? Or are there other ways of making friends and staying active?

Creating a Homework Habit

Tue, 2014-09-02 13:32
The real point of homework doesn't lie in the completion of the homework. It lies in learning how to sit yourself down and get it done.

Homework and Consequences

Tue, 2014-09-02 08:06
I didn’t have to ground him. I just had to carry out our deal. Incomplete homework preparation, no author visit.

13, and Surviving in the Woods on Squirrel Pizza

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:57
The 20-something mastermind behind my son's outdoor survival program presented parents with no medical forms or really any assurances for our children’s safety. Yet my son has never been hurt any worse than he has playing with friends in our finished basement, and it has transformed him.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:40
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.

Don’t Just Pay for Chores. Pay for Performance.

Thu, 2014-08-28 09:10
A motivational scale for the chores problem: nothing if it's all reminding and whining; more if you do an adequate job; and a substantial bonus for performance.

American Kids, Learning to Aim and Fire

Wed, 2014-08-27 16:26
I've talked to my children long and hard about guns and gun safety. I've made them practice what to say and do. And this summer, three of the four of them learned to shoot.

How Nicole Zeitzer Johnson, Communications Director and Special Needs Parent, Does It

Wed, 2014-08-27 14:20
I have a 7-year-old and a 2-year-old whose seizures mean someone’s eyes have to be on her at every moment. Fortunately I have a great support system and a flexible work arrangement.

Back-to-School Blues

Wed, 2014-08-27 10:06
You know that moment in "A Visitor for Bear" when Bear realizes that as much as he likes his quiet routines, he likes having someone there to laugh at his jokes, too? My children went back to school this morning, and I felt that.

Hookup Line. Carpool. Same Rituals, New School.

Tue, 2014-08-26 10:29
Some things are the same no matter where you are: the car pool line (called "hookup" in our new town). The health forms. The classrooms, the desks, the cubbies. It's not Mars, it's just school. They know how to do school.

Weekly Quandary: Revisiting Limits on Screen Time

Mon, 2014-08-25 13:16
It's a constant quandary. A parent writes "I feel like my biggest parenting challenge is the battle against screens taking over my children's lives."

In a Stepfamily, Whose Fairness Wins Out?

Sun, 2014-08-24 07:29
In my new husband's family, what was "fair" in family life was governed by seniority. I preferred to rely on egalitarian turn taking. "Fair" turns out to be subject to interpretation.

A 6-Year-Old Shouldn’t Inherit a Stiff Upper Lip

Fri, 2014-08-22 11:38
My mother was sent away from her mother during the Blitz. She was expected to be stoic, and she expected the same from me. Now, I’m trying not to pass her dismissal of all fears on to my daughter.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-08-22 10:56
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.

Simple Student Routines for Back-to-School Success

Thu, 2014-08-21 11:47
Establishing routines like a weekly regroup (with trash can and storage at hand), evening organization and nondigital bedtimes set the stage for a successful year.

Casting Call: Rethink Family Dinner With Jenny Rosenstrach

Wed, 2014-08-20 17:31
During the week of Sept. 8, we’ll be coaching a real family through real family dinners in real time – seven new meals in seven days – and we hope that you’ll cook along with us.

How Dekiema Pogue, Military Spouse and Administrative Assistant, Does It

Wed, 2014-08-20 14:43
A flexible schedule and an equally flexible employer help make this military spouse's sometimes solo parenting easier.

Weekly Quandary: Should Siblings Spectate?

Tue, 2014-08-19 12:18
Is sibling attendance at a brother or sister’s sports or other events part of being a supportive family, or “dragging them along?”

And Then The Dog Died: Things You Can’t Plan for When Planning a Move

Tue, 2014-08-19 10:53
I thought I’d planned for all the changes coming our way when my family moved to a new city. Then — silly me — I realized you can’t plan for the unexpected.