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The First Rule of Stir-Fries: Be Prepared

Wed, 2014-06-25 15:07
Martha Rose Shulman, the Recipes for Health columnist and cookbook author, lays the groundwork for stir-fries, and answers readers’ questions.

My Yearly Camp Permethrin Dance

Wed, 2014-06-25 09:05
The week before my two eldest children headed off for a month of open-air sleeping in the woods of northwest Virginia, I made a permethrin solution and soaked their clothes in it.

Sperm Donation Puts a New Layer on an Old Friendship

Tue, 2014-06-24 10:34
Becoming the sperm donor for my friend and her wife is changing our friendship, but we're learning (the hard way) that it's strong enough to hold.

Read to a Tiny Baby? Yes

Tue, 2014-06-24 10:09
The American Academy of Pediatrics now advises doctors to recommend reading to infants, and for good reason. Reading is a habit best formed early.

Monday Quandary: When a Child’s First Friends Fade Away

Mon, 2014-06-23 11:28
Looking for advice for parents, from parents: how do you help a child transition from the friends and playmates you produce for her to friends of her own making, and what do you do when your child is the one who is growing away?

Mother in the Dark

Sun, 2014-06-22 07:13
Retinitis pigmentosa has gradually chomped away at my vision like Pac Man. Right now, I'm partially sighted and night-blind, and a glow-in-the-dark bouncy playspace is a nightmare.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-06-20 11:24
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.

Surprisingly Good at Talking About Sex

Fri, 2014-06-20 10:32
When my son first asked me a question about sex, I was surprised by how fundamentally unembarrassed I was, because it didn’t occur to him that it was something to be embarrassed about.

How Do You Take the Measure of a School Year?

Thu, 2014-06-19 08:55
Was the 2013-14 school year, with its Common Core, its policy debates and its snow days, a success for education, for schools, or for students?

No ‘Fat Talk’ and No Skinny Talk, Either, at Some Camps

Wed, 2014-06-18 16:15
Some camps, in an effort to end not just the "fat talk," but the mindset that leads to it, have put in place rules banning all body talk: positive, negative or in between.

Thirteen in Years, but 10 or 15 in Thoughts and Action

Wed, 2014-06-18 12:58
Some 13-year-olds are deep into teen culture, others little changed from the kids they were at a younger age. Subjective age varies, and that variation can raise a red flag for some young teens.

Vegetarian Meals Are a Success, But the Real Win Is Learning to Plan Ahead

Wed, 2014-06-18 12:21
The meat-loving Ruder family loved the lasagna, the Big Bowl with Greens, and the beans. The family's primary cooked loved planning ahead for leftovers.

Ask Martha Rose Shulman

Wed, 2014-06-18 10:52
Have a question for Martha? With the Ruder family traveling next week, she'll be taking questions from readers instead. Ask Martha here, and look for answers to the most common or interesting dilemmas next Wednesday, June 25.

‘You’ve Done Everything You Can’

Tue, 2014-06-17 11:26
In the past, I’d never understood people who said they were done, who gave up on their dream of having their own genetic children. But as I thought of the future, I could not imagine going on.

At the Cutting Edge of Gay Family Law

Tue, 2014-06-17 09:05
In the past, second-parent adoptions have been standard in the gay community. But a court recently ruled that such adoptions were neither “necessary nor available” for gay married couples since a "presumption of parenthood" exists.

Climbing Out of the Darkness of Maternal Mental Illness

Mon, 2014-06-16 19:39
A community and an event for women experiencing maternal mental illness, those who have passed through it, and their family and friends.

Whose Dress Code Is It, and Why?

Mon, 2014-06-16 13:06
The best school dress codes aren't about students and sexuality, but about placing school on the list of places where there are standards, and where the freedom to do whatever we want, whenever we want shouldn't and doesn't apply.

The World’s Best Father Gets a Close Shave

Sun, 2014-06-15 06:57
Daughter Alice Bee has some special pampering planned for the World's Best Father.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-06-13 11:08
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 Lost Father, and a Daughter Who’s Not Ready to Let Him Go

Fri, 2014-06-13 08:56
The Friday before Father's Day last year, my dad, an Alzheimer's patient, wandered off from my mother at the grocery store. I'd been saying goodbye to him for almost a decade, but I wasn't ready to lose him.