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Wed, 2014-10-29 13:42
Everyone wants kids to be safe in school — even us parents of the "bad" kids. But punitive approaches have high costs: Instead of being helped, misbehaving kids are pushed out. Schools need to try something else.
Wed, 2014-10-29 13:02
If you're the parent of a girl, inevitably at some point, she will emerge from the bathroom or come home from school and inform you (not in these words) that her menstrual cycle has begun. Be ready.
Tue, 2014-10-28 11:35
Right after my husband's death, we were all struggling. Now, with two of my sons out of high school and only one living at home, I can finally think about what to do next.
Tue, 2014-10-28 11:02
It’s fine for parents to have more expertise than the pediatrician. In fact, sometimes it’s necessary.
Tue, 2014-10-28 09:20
Chances are good that Omaha won't matter to my new daughter the way it does to me. But no matter what, it will always be a part of her life story.
Mon, 2014-10-27 10:37
When we provide our children with no time or space to play, first graders play anyway. By third grade, in some places, they think they know better.
Mon, 2014-10-27 09:17
Should a reader help her child "work" on taking pleasure in being with others as well as "exploring/playing by himself" or let him be?
Sun, 2014-10-26 12:03
On Monday of my third week back at work after our son was born, I came home and found my husband sipping a beer with a frown, a sauce-stained dish in front of him, and no dinner for me.
Fri, 2014-10-24 11:52
Imposing a Women's Studies Curriculum on your Disney Princess. Someday she'll thank you!
Fri, 2014-10-24 09:16
Last week, dinner did not go as planned. But having the plan still helped.
Fri, 2014-10-24 08:27
Having a phone can create a compulsion to do something when doing nothing is so often the better choice.
Fri, 2014-10-24 07:19
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.
Thu, 2014-10-23 14:35
Talking to kids about personal safety is like talking about retirement planning. We can't expect them not to play the game to win—so if heading the ball puts kids in danger, then soccer has to change the rules.
Thu, 2014-10-23 11:14
Putting a plan in place does not guarantee that you will have a postpartum mood disorder, or that you won’t. It does guarantee you will know how to get help if you need it.
Thu, 2014-10-23 07:46
A few houses hand out cash directly to kids. More often, families and dentists buy back the candy for cash. Some parents even haggle for the best stuff.
Wed, 2014-10-22 13:33
"I am a long time poster, but am here now under a different identity as it is much easier to ask for OB/GYN recommendations for having babies rather than terminating a pregnancy."
Wed, 2014-10-22 11:20
When my family and I immigrated in 1977, to be an Indian-American meant replacing curry with bologna and saris with sweaters, and celebrating Diwali invisibly. My daughter's life is very different.
Wed, 2014-10-22 08:58
At the American Girl store, my 8-year-old son was enraptured by the historical dolls. Surely, there were boys in those times, boys who would have saved the day by using their wits or shown great courage in hard times. Where were they?
Tue, 2014-10-21 15:05
Marijuana is legal in some states and under some circumstances, and can now be munched and drunk as well as smoked. How does that change the way we talk about it with our kids?
Tue, 2014-10-21 11:34
“Breaking Bad” action figures probably don't belong in your 6-year-old’s toy box. But you knew that, right?