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The Cuckoo Bird and the Baby

Tue, 2014-07-29 08:39
The cuckoo bird lays its eggs in another bird's nest, then flies off, never to return. Is a sperm donor like the cuckoo bird?

Weekly Quandary: Emotional and Practical Advice for Sending a Child to College

Mon, 2014-07-28 13:04
Parents, what advice do you have for someone sending a child to college for the first time?

Sticks and Stones, and a Diagnosis in Words That Can’t Hurt Us

Sun, 2014-07-27 07:51
A diagnosis, of autism or anything else, won't make me mourn my daughter, who is different, not dying.

Letting a Child Make the Small Sacrifice

Fri, 2014-07-25 11:38
It's always my instinct to sacrifice for my kids. To step back; to say, you take it, you go, it's ok, I don't mind. My daughter's gift of a horseback ride reminded me that being the giver isn't always the right thing to do.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-07-25 10:44
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.

Your Teenager on Vacation — and on Social Media

Thu, 2014-07-24 15:43
Some parents want their teenagers to put their phones down on vacation and connect with their families. But their teenagers might have a different, and valid, sense of what it means to be connected.

5 Ways To Help Your Kid Not Stink At Math

Wed, 2014-07-23 13:51
The "new math" curriculum is great — and nearly guaranteed to drive children and their parents understandably insane, because teachers don't know how to teach it yet. Here's what to do to help your child while they learn.

A Dietitian Who Won’t Oversell Nutrition to Her Kids

Wed, 2014-07-23 12:16
I learned long ago that nutrition information alone doesn't motivate people to eat healthy, and I know telling my children that "broccoli will make them big and strong" could backfire.

Putting the ‘Known’ in Known Sperm Donor

Tue, 2014-07-22 08:45
The adult daughter of two mothers and a known sperm donor is candid: Much of it was great, but it is complicated.

Research Suggests Students Adjusting to New School Lunches

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:54
School administrators agree that students complained about new lunch standards when they were first implemented in the fall of 2012—but tell researchers that by spring, the complaints had largely subsided.

Weekly Quandary: Having a Baby, and Getting a Dog

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:09
Should a couple planning on soon having a baby get a dog?

Immaculate Incarceration: A Baby in Solitary Confinement

Sun, 2014-07-20 07:53
According to my mother's prison records, she served around 17 weeks in "The Hole"—solitary confinement. Only for her it wasn’t so solitary. She had me.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:19
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.

I’ve Ruined My Boys

Fri, 2014-07-18 10:50
My sons—and my husband—expect me to wait on them. I can't really blame them. I made my bed. And everyone else's.

Playgrounds for Kids Who Can’t Run and Jump

Thu, 2014-07-17 13:30
Knowing how many ordinary pleasures were cut off from my daughter, I was angry when something as common as swinging through the air on a hot summer day was also unreachable because of broken or missing equipment.

Goodbye to Cloth Diapers, and Ideal Motherhood

Thu, 2014-07-17 11:40
Those washable diapers were part and parcel of the vision I had of myself as a woman and a mother. And when I gave them up, I didn’t know who I was any more.

Easy Ways to Get More Vegetables on the Table, More Often

Wed, 2014-07-16 12:37
Lots of different types of vegetables and beans can fill a taco, be the excuse for a soup, or top a big bowl.

Simplifying Measuring Medication for Children

Wed, 2014-07-16 10:23
Parents trying to administer medicine to children younger than 12 are often baffled by measuring options and confusing labels.

The Gay Mormon Known Sperm Donor From Utah

Tue, 2014-07-15 11:45
My friends used to offer up my status as a gay former Mormon as an icebreaker. Now, they’re helpfully tossing my role as “known sperm donor” out at dinner parties.

Weekly Quandary: The Kids Are Ungrateful

Mon, 2014-07-14 18:17
When kids who complain about the things a parent thought they would appreciate, like vacations and even chocolate, how can a parent help them change both tone and attitude?