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Go Ahead, Help Your Child Apply to College

Mon, 2015-03-23 12:13
As a parent, you can’t escape the role of college-application Sherpa. Nor should you try.

My Daughter Is Now Sister Mary Joseph, and No Longer Mine

Sun, 2015-03-22 07:11
My daughter is becoming a nun, and I am grieving.

Rules for Teen and Tween Cellphone Use: Unspoken, or Printed and Signed?

Fri, 2015-03-20 16:25
Are your family's rules about children's mobile phone use set "rules," or just general guidelines?

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-03-20 08:07
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.

Raising Teenagers: Inevitably a Problem?

Thu, 2015-03-19 09:49
Teenagers need to become the centers of their own stories. For the writing parent, is that always a loss?

What Not to Worry About in Teaching Young Children to Read

Thu, 2015-03-19 08:36
Starting reading instruction early doesn’t yield an advantage to comprehension.

The FaceTime Babysitter

Wed, 2015-03-18 13:33
FaceTime has become the "secret weapon” that allows relatives or friends to virtually babysit while parents get things done.

Sometimes a Cardboard Sled Is All You Need

Wed, 2015-03-18 11:09
Defeating the late-winter-blues with duct tape.

After I.V.F.: Pregnant, but Still Stuck in the Past

Tue, 2015-03-17 15:08
Every time I tell someone I’m pregnant, I think, “What if I have to tell them I'm not?”

A Wireless Baby and a Father, Getting Wired In

Tue, 2015-03-17 10:18
We took Evy off of her apnea monitor this week, and out in public for the first time.

Beauty Tips for Girls, From Lego

Mon, 2015-03-16 11:26
The new "Lego Club Magazine" features a page of "Beauty Tips" for its 5-12 year old audience.

‘I Miss My Daddy. Divorce Stinks.’

Sun, 2015-03-15 07:09
My ex-husband and I are over, and that’s as it should be. But there’s one person who’s not buying that this divorce is “for the best”: our daughter.

Got College Admissions Frenzy? Read ‘Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be’

Fri, 2015-03-13 08:57
Who our children are when they go to college matters a whole lot more than the name on the sweatshirt.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-03-13 08:06
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.

A Stay-at-Home Parent Is Not a ‘Luxury’

Thu, 2015-03-12 08:40
Why am I a luxury while the things we’ve chosen to do without are “necessities” that demand a second income?

Turning Chores Into Habits

Wed, 2015-03-11 13:05
One reason our chore systems always descend into chaos is that it's never clear what our children need to do, or when.

In Switzerland, Parents Observe. In the U.S., Hovering Is Required.

Wed, 2015-03-11 08:11
Thanks to hovering American parent culture, the La Grange Library food fight wasn't just between a 3-year-old and an 18-month-old. It was also between their mothers.

Deployment Is Confusing for Children, Which Makes Children Hard on Parents

Tue, 2015-03-10 14:58
He wouldn’t go to bed. He just wouldn’t go to bed. Finally, I asked him why. His answer caught me by surprise. “I miss my daddy!”

‘Kids Like Me Deserve Something Special.’ The Risks of Overvaluing Our Young.

Tue, 2015-03-10 11:56
That fifth lollipop in the bunch that’s just been distributed to four kids? If your child thinks it’s rightly his, that may be on you.

Living With the ‘Extended Newbornhood’ of the Premature Baby

Tue, 2015-03-10 10:24
My wife's maternity leave will be over before our daughter is fully out of the newborn stage. I'm going to need help.