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Raising Teenagers: Protect When You Must, Permit When You Can

Thu, 2014-09-18 13:02
There’s not much we can do to rush neurological maturation along in our teens, but we can help kids practice their burgeoning skills of self-control as they emerge.

Independence Referendum Is a Win for Scotland’s Children

Wed, 2014-09-17 23:36
With voter turnout expected to be around 80 percent and polls predicting a thin margin, a glaring message of the referendum has been that every vote counts. For children, that lesson is a victory in itself.

A Surrogate and a Mother: Partners in Pregnancy Share Their Story

Wed, 2014-09-17 20:45
After cancer, Angela Salerni couldn’t bear a child — but she had frozen embryos. She needed a surrogate: Roshael Rose. It was a perfect match, but it still wasn’t easy.

20 Years After ‘It’s Perfectly Normal,’ What’s Changed?

Wed, 2014-09-17 12:58
If you're looking to start a conversation about sexuality with your child, "It's Perfectly Normal," with its science-based, rigorously researched approach, makes for solid footing on which to begin.

To Aid Children’s Cancer Care, Mothers Go Bald

Tue, 2014-09-16 16:03
To raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research, mothers shave their heads in solidarity with their cancer-affected children.

When the Honeymoon Is Over: Settling Into Real Life After a Move

Tue, 2014-09-16 09:51
After a few months of treating life in our new town like one big vacation, the reality of everyday life is catching up with us, and everyone — especially the kids — is a little testy.

Quandary Update: Yes to the Dog, Not Yet to the Baby

Mon, 2014-09-15 10:19
"Without some of the comments, I'm not sure we'd have Buddy now, and he's brought us so much happiness."

‘Just a Stepmother’ Sending a Son to College Without Tears

Sun, 2014-09-14 07:36
Being happy as my stepson leaves us for college isn’t a sign of a lack of connection or love. It's a sign of pride.

The Mechanics of Homework

Fri, 2014-09-12 20:52
Right now, homework is feeling like an instrument of torture designed to destroy my relationship with my children. But we go through this every September. It will get better.

The End of a Week of Cooking, and a Weekend Plan

Fri, 2014-09-12 11:13
After a week of cooking, Friday is a night off before weekend meals and planning for next week.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-09-12 09:14
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.

When the Problem is Priorities, Don’t Blame Cooking

Thu, 2014-09-11 11:27
Family dinner isn't, and shouldn't be, something to get through. It's not a way station on the way to some goal. It is the goal, no matter what's on the table — and it ought to be within everyone's reach.

Thursday Dinner, Faster Than Delivery

Thu, 2014-09-11 10:25
Salad Pizza: If you've got a ball of whole-wheat pizza dough, you can get dinner on the table faster than you could get it delivered.

A Slower-Paced, but Still Easy, Wednesday Meal

Wed, 2014-09-10 11:28
Last night's Sausage with Spinach and Bean Mash was easy and "therapeutic." Tonight, pouring sauce on chicken.

Those ‘Mysterious Deadly Virus’ Headlines? Don’t Panic. Do Watch That Cold, and Wash Your Hands.

Wed, 2014-09-10 09:04
Strains of enterovirus circulate every year. This year, the number of children affected is high, but the symptoms themselves (fever and coughing) are consistent with the way this virus has behaved in the past.

A Simple ‘Dump-It’ Meal for a Busy Tuesday

Tue, 2014-09-09 14:05
A dinner designed for a parent with more on his or her mind than “I wonder if rice wine vinegar or tarragon vinegar would be better here.”

Making New Friends: In Praise of Name Tags

Tue, 2014-09-09 10:40
One of the most exhausting things about being new to a situation is having to learn everyone’s name. That’s why I love name tags.

A Fast, Simple Dinner for a Monday Night

Mon, 2014-09-08 11:13
A detailed plan for getting dinner on the table tonight.

Weekly Quandary: Changes to a High School Schedule

Mon, 2014-09-08 09:52
If your student is unhappy, do you encourage the child to advocate for a different schedule, regardless of the official word on allowable changes?

Game Plan for a Week of Family Dinners

Sun, 2014-09-07 07:41
Sunday dinner is burrito bowls, but Sunday is also shopping and preparation day for making things easier the rest of the week.