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If We Link Boys With Bedlam, What Does That Say to Our Girls?

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.

Simple Solutions for Back-to-School Student Organization (Sorry, No Trapper Keeper)

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).

‘Would You Like Us to Arrest Him?’

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.

Telling the Kids: ‘We’re Moving.’

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.

Weekly Quandary: Sharing — or Not Sharing — a Good Babysitter

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.

The Case for Bribing Kids to Memorize Poetry

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.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

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.

What to Expect When You Shouldn’t Expect Lunch: A Dad’s Guide to Delivery Day

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.

The Kids Who Don’t Beat Autism

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.

And the Moral of the Story Is: Keep It Positive

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.

Teaching a Child to Wrangle, Not Reject, Rage

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.

I Say ‘Gross.’ They Say ‘Cool.’

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.

The Cuckoo Bird and the Baby

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?

Weekly Quandary: Emotional and Practical Advice for Sending a Child to College

Mon, 2014-07-28 13:04
Parents, what advice do you have for someone sending a child to college for the first time?

Sticks and Stones, and a Diagnosis in Words That Can’t Hurt Us

Sun, 2014-07-27 07:51
A diagnosis, of autism or anything else, won't make me mourn my daughter, who is different, not dying.