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How to Talk to Your Teenager About Pornography

Mon, 2014-03-31 11:24
Even researchers who can't point to definitive evidence that pornography harms teenagers say parents should talk to their children about what they might see online. What should that conversation look like?

A Sperm Donor, Uncertain of What It Is to Be ‘Bio-Dad’

Sun, 2014-03-30 07:34
After a request from friends, a 29-year-old gay man explored the possibility of becoming a sperm donor.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-03-28 14:39
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 Elaborate Replacement Teddy Bear Hoax

Fri, 2014-03-28 08:38
After my toddler's bear toppled out of the stroller, I found a replacement and staged the great Rainbow Home for Christmas Spectacular. My daughter wasn't fooled for a minute.

3 Things Parents Wish Teachers Knew: We Can Handle the Truth

Thu, 2014-03-27 08:45
Teachers wish parents knew that our children can do more than we let them, while parents wish teachers would be more honest — and understand that homework has real costs.

‘In Hindsight, Is Stay-at-Home Parenting Something You’d Recommend?’

Wed, 2014-03-26 14:15
Into a field of parents looking to return to the workforce after taking time off for family reasons, a future mother lobs a tough question. Is stay-at-home parenting something you'd recommend?

Apple Invites Parents to Review In-App Purchases

Tue, 2014-03-25 15:50
If your children have been making in-app purchases on iTunes without your permission, Apple is offering a refund.

Rejected From a Preschool, a Toddler Is Fine. Her Mother Is Getting There.

Tue, 2014-03-25 09:54
I know the New York City preschool application process we're going through is preposterous. That doesn't mean it's meaningless, or that rejection—of my child—doesn't hurt.

Baby M Grew Up, but Surrogacy Remains Controversial

Mon, 2014-03-24 10:22
Nearly 30 years after a United States court first considered it, many questions surrounding surrogacy, legal and otherwise, remain unanswered.

I Didn’t Want My Son to Have Dwarfism. Not Really.

Sun, 2014-03-23 07:09
I have rare form of dwarfism, and I never expected to be able to have a child—but once I was pregnant, part of me expected my son to share my condition. I wasn't sure I'd know how to raise a "normal" child.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-03-21 16:05
Welcome to Motherlode's second official 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.

Reader Questions, Answered: Returning to Work After a Career Break

Fri, 2014-03-21 14:30
Times readers ask career development experts for guidance on returning to the workforce after a break to care for children or aging parents.

Casual Remarks That Hurt: Microaggression and Adoptive Families

Fri, 2014-03-21 12:16
Adoptive families, and children who were adopted into them, often talk among ourselves about the "dumb things people say" to and about us. Those comments have a name — microaggressions — but there's no consensus about the best way to handle them.

Advice on How to Have a Good Paternity Leave

Fri, 2014-03-21 10:10
Advice from New York Times readers on how fathers can make the most of paternity leave.

EchoAge and Other Better Ways to Do Birthday Presents

Thu, 2014-03-20 10:53
EchoAge enables children to get one sizeable cash gift to use for a special birthday present while giving an equivalent amount of money to charity. The catch? You have to let your children ask their friends' parents for money.

Does Texting at a Stop Sign Count?

Wed, 2014-03-19 14:49
Even teenagers who say they "don't text and drive" pull out the phone at every red light, and many of their parents do too. Should you ever touch the phone keyboard while the car is in drive?

College Admissions Season: When the Answer Is No

Wed, 2014-03-19 10:29
Some people say that students should entirely drive the college application process. But what parent would let a 17-year-old make such a big decision without help, and what parent wouldn't share the disappointment when the dream college doesn't come true?

Time to Make Up for a Missed Measles Vaccine

Tue, 2014-03-18 15:59
The measles outbreak in New York City offers an opportunity to reach out to families whose children have missed, skipped or delayed the vaccine.

The White House Pastry Chef Is Moving to a New Kitchen

Tue, 2014-03-18 14:43
Bill Yosses took the White House from the bottomless cookie plate to a granola bar without nuts, chocolate or white sugar. How does your family balance healthy eating and foods that are fun?

Religious Preschool’s Appeal to the Secular Parent

Tue, 2014-03-18 09:20
My husband and I are both Jewish, but we're different kinds of Jewish. I thought a Jewish preschool would help connect our daughter to her culture. He had doubts.