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My Son, the Live Peanut Allergy Science Experiment

Tue, 2014-10-14 15:36
Our son is allergic to peanuts, and medically supervised experimentation—a byproduct of desperation, and fear—is the best we have to offer him.

Driving Halfway Across the Country to Have a Baby

Tue, 2014-10-14 10:12
It's a lot of work to pack up your 4- and 2-year old sons and drive home to the Midwest to have a baby, but there are benefits. I'll be surrounded by friends and family, and have room to breathe.

Wanted: Books for Middle Schoolers Who Aren’t Yet ‘Teens’

Mon, 2014-10-13 13:48
“People suddenly assume my seventh grader has become a self-obsessed jerk, lost in her iPhone and touching up her lip gloss. Nothing could be further from the truth. She wants great books, but not necessarily teen books,” and it’s hard to fit the bill.

The ‘Save the Princess’ Message Hurts Boys, Too

Mon, 2014-10-13 10:08
Do all princes just sort of wander around, hoping for a dragon to slay and a damsel in distress to kiss? What if they are not the rescuing type? What if they are scared of the dragon?

My Toddler, Bartleby

Sun, 2014-10-12 07:41
The “terrible twos” are merely the beginning of a futile attempt to tame the Bartleby in each of us.

Celebrate It. Rant About It. Either Way, Dinner Must Be Served.

Fri, 2014-10-10 17:25
Someone has to figure out some way for the family to eat. Here's what our dinners will look like next week.

Unwrapping the Comfort of Sameness With Spanish Immersion Elementary School

Fri, 2014-10-10 12:29
As a missionary's kid, I grew up in speaking a language not my own and playing with children not like me. To find the same experience for my daughter, I had to make her the outsider.

Ta-dah! We Built You a Hut

Fri, 2014-10-10 09:50
Every year, while others are mapping out their jack-o'-lantern carvings or dusting off boxes of Christmas decorations in the attic, we are building a hut for Sukkot.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-10-10 09:15
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.

How Do I Know What’s Bullying and What’s Normal Conflict?

Fri, 2014-10-10 07:06
When my daughter first started school, she raced off to school happily each morning. Until, suddenly, she didn't.

The College Essay Consultant’s Son Has No Shoes

Thu, 2014-10-09 13:44
It’s much easier to brush off your mother than a stranger who is paid to give advice about your college application essays.

Found Money: Return, Rejoice or Share?

Thu, 2014-10-09 09:47
One morning last month, I turned the corner with my 8-year-old daughter and there, on the sidewalk, lay a teaching moment waiting to happen in the form of a crumpled $20 bill.

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.