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The Gay Mormon Known Sperm Donor From Utah

Tue, 2014-07-15 11:45
My friends used to offer up my status as a gay former Mormon as an icebreaker. Now, they’re helpfully tossing my role as “known sperm donor” out at dinner parties.

Weekly Quandary: The Kids Are Ungrateful

Mon, 2014-07-14 18:17
When kids who complain about the things a parent thought they would appreciate, like vacations and even chocolate, how can a parent help them change both tone and attitude?

The Emotional Whiplash of Parenting a Teenager

Sun, 2014-07-13 07:30
One minute, your teen needs you. The next, she pushes you away—hard. That's normal for her, but tough on the parent enduring the push and pull.

Summer Car Safety: Look Before You Lock, and More

Fri, 2014-07-11 15:21
The terrible accusations against the father alleged to have intentionally left his toddler to die in a hot car in Georgia make it too easy to mentally file the death under the category "things that will never happen to my family."

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-07-11 13:40
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.

‘All My Friends Are White’

Fri, 2014-07-11 09:23
My son is black, but I’m not. Neither is his mother. We live in Singapore, where we don't have that many friends of any color. I wish I had friends to give my son, but I don't.

We Tell Kids to ‘Go to Sleep!’ We Need to Teach Them Why.

Thu, 2014-07-10 11:14
Sleep does so much more for our bodies than preventing us from being tired tomorrow, but most parents don't tell our children that. Educating kids about the importance of sleep leads them to sleep more.

5 Ways to Teach Kids About Money at the Grocery Store

Thu, 2014-07-10 09:52
We all want things. It's not a character flaw. But financial savvy starts with understanding the difference between "want" and "need."

Parent on a Smartphone, With Almost No Guilt

Wed, 2014-07-09 13:14
Smartphones can make us more present as parents—or not.

Stir-Fries, Mastered. Next Up, the Easy Vegetarian Gratin

Wed, 2014-07-09 11:07
Looking for an easy way to incorporate vegetables into a simple summer meal? This week, the meat-loving Ruder family tries a gratin.

Summer Camp: The Debate

Tue, 2014-07-08 13:29
Should you send your children away to summer camp? Reasonable parents can disagree, and Bruce Feiler and I do.

The No Longer Reluctant Sperm Donor

Tue, 2014-07-08 12:53
When my friends Tori and Kelly first asked me to be their sperm donor, I was reluctant. But I quickly became fully invested in their process, and far more aware of how widespread infertility is.

Weekly Quandary: Children With a Single Focus

Tue, 2014-07-08 11:33
A parent asks: My 6-year-old gets very passionate about certain topics and tends to focus only on those topics. Should I try really hard to strike more of a balance?

Watching the World Cup, and Watching Children See Dishonesty Pay Off

Mon, 2014-07-07 12:14
We sports fans often think that had it not been for the other team's misbehavior, our team would have won. In soccer, that's more likely to be true—which makes soccer more difficult to watch with kids.