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Thu, 2014-11-20 09:41
Talking about gratitude and giving around the Thanksgiving table is a great time to start a new family tradition: jump starting better conversations every night.
Wed, 2014-11-19 11:17
When the ultrasound technician found that white blob between the legs of my baby on the computer screen, I cried.
Wed, 2014-11-19 11:17
Almost everywhere we go— a hike on a mountain trail, a restaurant, an art museum-- unsolicited comments about the same sex of my children follow.
Wed, 2014-11-19 11:16
I was pregnant: I didn’t want to engage people in a discussion on gender. I wanted to take a nap. Still, I was alarmed to hear repeatedly that it was somehow preferable to have a boy instead of a girl.
Tue, 2014-11-18 10:40
In this moment, just after their father has been deployed, I can't safeguard their hearts; I am unable to spare these tears. It's a powerless feeling, before the sun is up.
Mon, 2014-11-17 15:48
Although it is primarily Democrats and President Obama who continue to push for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a Democratic representative who is pregnant cannot get an exception on Democratic Caucus voting rules.
Mon, 2014-11-17 13:08
Now is the moment to prepare children for Thanksgiving: show pictures of past gatherings, remind them of the names that go with faces and talk about things like interrupting, playing with younger cousins, new foods and appreciating gifts but not expecting them.
Sun, 2014-11-16 07:19
My kids have learned a new vocabulary, including words like lymphoma, chemotherapy, radiation, tumor and bone marrow. But they have also learned something important about being flexible, helping out, keeping a sense of humor and taking care of their elders.
Fri, 2014-11-14 14:38
Chicken and dumplings. Shake and Bake pork chops. Baked potatoes. If it weren't for the night we're having chorizo, I'd be pretty sure I'd turned into my mother.
Fri, 2014-11-14 12:41
I am 30 years old, married and pregnant with our first child. My parents’ overprotectiveness worries me a lot, especially now that I’m going to be a mom.
Fri, 2014-11-14 08:02
There are lots of milestones as kids move through adolescence: 10, when you enter double digits; 13 when you become a teenager; 18 when you finish high school. But when you are a kid with a driver’s license and access to a car, 16 is a game changer.
Fri, 2014-11-14 07:55
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.
Thu, 2014-11-13 13:19
I don’t know how to solve the broader problems with adoption, or even my own. But I’m relieved that more adoptees are finding a way to talk about the reality: not all adoptions end in rainbows and bubbly baby smiles.
Thu, 2014-11-13 10:49
Advanced Placement courses can be a real boon to students motivated by intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. But for students looking to please their parents or for those in pursuit of transcript padding and other false academic idols, A.P. courses can be an unpleasant and unhealthy slog.
Wed, 2014-11-12 13:59
After four years of infertility and many failures, this little baby popsicle of an embryo was our best hope at finally becoming parents.
Wed, 2014-11-12 10:48
This spring, my older daughter announced that she was pregnant. And I realized almost immediately that I knew nothing about today's birthing or parenting issues. I had a lot of catching up to do.
Tue, 2014-11-11 12:13
Military experience was once common. Many of us grew up surrounded by parents and family who had served. Now, military life seems removed from the everyday for many of us. Here, for Veteran's Day, stories of military family.
Tue, 2014-11-11 08:40
When I told the man at the baggage counter that my husband was deployed, he immediately replied, "Thank you for your service." I didn't quite know how to respond.
Mon, 2014-11-10 16:07
Most schools conduct some form of standardized testing. What helps a child who finds the tests stressful, and when is the testing too much?
Mon, 2014-11-10 14:20
What happens when children are considered the adorable lifestyle choice of a nation of "mommies?" No one else needs to worry about the needs of those children—or of any children.