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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.

Charities That Inspire Kids: Sal’s Shoes

Sat, 2014-12-27 07:55
Sal's Shoes collects used shoes from families to send directly to children who need them.

Training Children in Insomnia, and Embracing the Enemy

Fri, 2014-12-26 07:50
From the time our boys were babies, we were so desperate for a few hours of respite that we turned our house into a library with a nasty librarian. Now they can't sleep without silence — and I know how well that ends.

Charities That Inspire Kids: St. Baldrick’s

Fri, 2014-12-26 07:20
The St. Baldrick's Foundation inspired two young people to give their passion, and to write in about it.

Blue-Haired Bingo in Footie Pajamas

Thu, 2014-12-25 04:27
There’s a common perception that with cancer in the house, the mood is all death and dying, gloom and doom. But there can be laughter and humor, too.

Eleven, With Down Syndrome, and Still a Santa-Loving Little Girl. Maybe.

Wed, 2014-12-24 07:32
My daughter is still a little girl, with a stuffed Piglet and Velcro-fastened shoes. For years, she's dictated her letter to Santa to me. This year, things were different.

Saving the Images of a Perfect Childhood and Deleting the Rest

Tue, 2014-12-23 11:22
For my daughter’s fifth birthday, I put together a book of photos that I thought captured her short life. And then I realized that every picture I had chosen made it all look perfect.