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Meeting the Baby, Becoming a Family

Tue, 2015-01-20 10:39
From the moment we met our daughter, weighing two-and-a-half pounds and wearing a red bow pasted on her head, we could tell she was the fighter and "rock star" we'd been told about.

Do I Need Screen Time Rules for Other People’s Children, Too?

Mon, 2015-01-19 14:31
It’s my house and my rules, but I’m uncomfortable snatching away a prized possession a child brings over. I'm also uncomfortable with the recent sleepover in which every child spent the night buried in her own screen.

Charities That Inspire Kids: Kiva

Mon, 2015-01-19 10:30
Diana Williams, a teacher from Surrey, British Columbia, describes the value of making microloans from the classroom.

‘That’s My Sister!’ Taking a Twin’s Gender Fluidity in Stride

Sun, 2015-01-18 07:13
One of my twins was born a boy but, for the moment at least, identifies a girl; wearing dresses, using the girls' restroom, crying if referred to as "he." Only one person has handled all of this with ease: her twin sister.

That’s Your Child’s Homework Project, Not Yours

Fri, 2015-01-16 07:15
“I wanted to tell you how much I loved seeing something actually made by children,” our librarian said of my sons' entry into the Peeps diorama project, which looked more like a train wreck than Mem Fox's "Where Is the Green Sheep?"

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-01-16 07:05
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 Did ‘Teaching Independence’ Become ‘Possible Neglect’?

Thu, 2015-01-15 16:41
Parents in Maryland are being investigated for allowing their children to walk home from a park unsupervised. When did we abandon this idea that our children should learn to move about in the world without our hovering presence, and what have we lost?

Skipping School for Vacation: Good for Families, or Bad for Students?

Thu, 2015-01-15 09:54
I’m a parent. I have taken my children out of school for family events and other trips. I am also an educator, and I have seen the havoc these absences can wreak on students and their teachers.

Cooking From the Freezer and Pantry: Miscellaneous Pork and Chicken Posole

Wed, 2015-01-14 13:48
"Cooking the pantry dry" requires a lot of improvisation, and not a lot of recipes.

Why One ‘Cookie Mom’ Still Loves the Girl Scouts

Wed, 2015-01-14 11:59
I should be dreading the upcoming cookie season, my fifth as cookie mom. Instead, I feel like shouting, “Bring on the Do-Si-Dos!”

Students Eat More Healthy Foods When Recess Is Held Before Lunch

Wed, 2015-01-14 09:51
In studies, giving students recess immediately before lunch rather than immediately after was correlated with a decrease in food waste and an increase in the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten at lunch. But many schools still resist the change.

New Report Urges Less Intervention in Births

Tue, 2015-01-13 10:51
"If overtreatment is defined as instances in which an individual may have fared as well or better with less or perhaps no intervention," says a new report, "then modern obstetric care has landed in a deep quagmire."

Suburban Poverty, Hidden on Tree-Lined Streets

Tue, 2015-01-13 09:23
Maybe, back when we had so much more of it, I left enough money in a coat pocket to buy the gallon of milk I can't afford now.

Quandary: When Cousins Aren’t Friends

Mon, 2015-01-12 17:13
How do you help a child navigate continuing, but always fluctuating, family relationships — or should you just resolutely stay out of the way?

Child With Symptoms? App Lets You Text Doctors, With No Guarantees

Mon, 2015-01-12 15:28
A variety of apps and online services put you in touch with medical providers, but users should be aware of who they're talking to (or texting with).

Harsh Critics in Public Spaces, Judging Only What They See

Mon, 2015-01-12 11:56
Strangers like to tell me what I’m doing wrong as a parent, or at least give me hard, critical looks, all the time. But there's a big part of our story they often don't know.

Spying on College Life, via Yik Yak

Sun, 2015-01-11 07:40
Yik Yak is like an unofficial newsfeed from a college, targeting just that campus. It is definitely not the view you get at Parents and Family Weekend.

Sleep’s Marketing Problem: You ‘Have To’ Go to Bed.

Fri, 2015-01-09 09:09
Sleep needs a new ad campaign, and parents need to sell it. Why don't we remind our children of how good it feels, and how good it is for us, instead of the way we tend to insist on it?

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2015-01-09 08:25
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 One-Word Resolution

Thu, 2015-01-08 15:29
"A word can’t be broken. It serves as a reminder; a filter. It’s who you want to be instead of what you regret."