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Need Kids to Follow Instructions? Don’t Ask. Tell.

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.

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?