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Stepmother: Not Evil. Not Perfect. Not Mom.

Sun, 2014-10-05 07:54
I was certain I would be the perfect stepmother, part Mary Poppins, part Maria from "The Sound of Music," as I helped to intertwine our families.

Not a ‘PTA Mom’

Fri, 2014-10-03 10:57
Before my son started school, I shared my parents' hippie view of the P.T.A. as a perfect-parent filled hassle and just another part of The Establishment trying to squelch creativity out of learning.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-10-03 10:22
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.

The Family Table: Slow-Cooker Tacos, Sesame Noodles and Meatloaf

Fri, 2014-10-03 10:13
What family dinner really looks like at our house: tacos, noodles, slow-cooker curry with mixed success and a meatloaf from the freezer.

In Defense of Sparkle Science

Thu, 2014-10-02 16:36
It's not necessary to create an arbitrary dividing line between "serious" science and everything else. For some children, learning about the science behind sparkly things is their way in to a whole world of technology.

Dear Parent: A Student May Have Been Exposed to the Ebola Virus

Thu, 2014-10-02 11:15
In an atmosphere of uncertainty, an excess of caution can seem perfectly reasonable. So were the parents who removed their children from schools in Dallas because of the fear of Ebola wrong?

Fairy House for Sale. No Financing.

Thu, 2014-10-02 10:34
“I’m interested in buying a fairy house,” I told the first branch of the phone tree at Bank of America Home Loans. In August, the company agreed to pay a $16.65 billion penalty for its role in selling bonds based on make-believe mortgages. I felt that I had gone to the right place. Read more (and watch the slide show).

Helping Kids Take Criticism Constructively (Even When It Isn’t Constructive)

Thu, 2014-10-02 08:07
In an attempt to make feedback palatable for children, we construct feedback sandwiches of critical meat between slices of fluffy and comforting praise.

Would a Different Job Make You a Different Parent?

Wed, 2014-10-01 12:31
As parents we spend a great deal of time talking about the effects of work on our home life and how family life impacts our careers. There's a third variable worth considering: how our choice of career affects our family.

Surviving Shots: 12 Tips for Parents and Kids

Wed, 2014-10-01 10:09
Rare is the child who looks forward to the appearance of the needle, but there are things parents can do to make the experience of getting a shot easier.

The Power of Place: One Last Thought on Moving

Tue, 2014-09-30 11:14
Is our new city changing us? Or would we be changing anyway, simply by virtue of growing up, getting older, and evolving in our lives?

Weekly Quandary: Talking Racism and Sexism With Children

Mon, 2014-09-29 14:08
Parental silence on gender roles and racial differences won't lead to race-blind and gender-neutral children. That doesn't make racism and sexism any easier to talk about. How does your family do it?

Adopted From Russia, Just Days Before the Ban

Mon, 2014-09-29 09:53
From a visa arriving hours before a government shutdown to staying one mile away from the protests in Red Square against American families adopting Russian children, there were plenty of chances for this adoption to fall apart.

‘Home Alone’ at 7, Safe and Learning to Stay That Way

Sun, 2014-09-28 08:05
My 7-year-old son asked to stay home while I ran errands in our neighborhood. I agreed, and our experiment was a success — except to those who insisted on seeing encouragement of independence as a "tragedy waiting to happen."

A Stolen Video of My Daughter Went Viral. Here’s What I Learned.

Fri, 2014-09-26 11:43
I wanted the video of my 4-year-old talking about equality to be shared. But when it was stolen and shared by strangers, the experience changed how I think about posting images of my children online.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-09-26 09:29
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.

U.S. Awards Grants to Explore and Evaluate Paid Leave

Thu, 2014-09-25 14:15
The Department of Labor is putting money behind its push to expand paid family leave in the United States. The issue could be a factor in coming elections — if enough voters ask about it.

The Wage Gap Starts With Less Knowledge, and Lower Expectations

Thu, 2014-09-25 11:10
The girls of America seem to know less about money than boys, earn less and have lower expectations for their earnings going forward. And their parents may be partly to blame.

Thanks to Video Monitors, Parents are the New Big Brother

Wed, 2014-09-24 13:08
Parents who start using video baby monitors to observe infant sleep often continue using them long past a child's babyhood, and children are sometimes aware that they're being watched.

Civil Disorder, Out of the Curriculum and Into the Streets

Wed, 2014-09-24 05:58
Denver students protesting a proposed anti-protest curriculum-review committee appear to have learned lessons about the value of questioning authority, and irony.