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Adventures in Parenting
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Fri, 2014-08-08 08:28
“Do you want to put on your shoes now?” “Should we have macaroni and cheese for dinner?” “How about you go brush your teeth?” These are not really questions.
Thu, 2014-08-07 11:14
Our hosts this summer, all parents of girls, shook their heads ruefully as my sons romped. If I hear disapproval of my sons’ behavior in their comments, surely their daughters hear approval of more placid ways.
Thu, 2014-08-07 08:02
Once, the Trapper Keeper promised to solve your organizational woes while simultaneously elevating you to cool-kid status. Today's organizational systems should be even simpler (no gadgets required).
Wed, 2014-08-06 07:59
After my 15-year-old was flashed on the street, my instinct was to shelter her. She had a stronger response in mind.
Tue, 2014-08-05 08:18
Telling my children we were moving from Atlanta to Nashville was easier than I thought it would be. Getting over worrying about how the move would affect them was not.
Mon, 2014-08-04 08:14
A parent found, after effort, trial and error, a fabulous babysitter. Now everyone in the neighborhood is trying to get in on the act.
Sun, 2014-08-03 08:08
I offered an hour and 15 minutes of Minecraft in exchange for memorizing a poem, and my son was in.
Fri, 2014-08-01 11:38
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.
Fri, 2014-08-01 08:10
Fathers are vital components of delivery day — except not vital enough that anyone cares if they get hungry or need something.
Thu, 2014-07-31 15:43
Applied behavioral analysis therapy holds the possibility of “beating” autism. Some families will achieve an optimal outcome; they say, some children will become indistinguishable. Our son did not, but there’s a lot besides autism that distinguishes him.
Thu, 2014-07-31 10:27
Do morality tales change children's behavior? Research suggests that emphasizing the positive effects of honesty may, while tales of dire consequences fall on deaf ears.
Wed, 2014-07-30 12:11
Children can’t understand how anger works, or manage it later in life, unless we encourage them to wrestle it with safe people.
Wed, 2014-07-30 10:50
If you have to take two cats and a bag full of wormy pet vomit to the veterinarian, you couldn't find anyone who would enjoy it more than my young companions.
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?
Mon, 2014-07-28 13:04
Parents, what advice do you have for someone sending a child to college for the first time?