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Thanks to Video Monitors, Parents are the New Big Brother

Wed, 2014-09-24 13:08
Parents who start using video baby monitors to observe infant sleep often continue using them long past a child's babyhood, and children are sometimes aware that they're being watched.

Civil Disorder, Out of the Curriculum and Into the Streets

Wed, 2014-09-24 05:58
Denver students protesting a proposed anti-protest curriculum-review committee appear to have learned lessons about the value of questioning authority, and irony.

How to See More of Your Best Friends? Move Away

Tue, 2014-09-23 10:48
When the demands of parenthood, career, and general midlife busy-ness made it tough to see friends as much as we wanted to, we moved away, and saw them more.

Ordering Abortion Drugs for Her Daughter Earns a Mother Jail Time

Tue, 2014-09-23 10:01
On Sept. 12th, Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year-old mother of three, went to jail to begin serving a 9-to-18-month sentence. Whalen’s crime was, in effect, ordering pills online that her older daughter took in the first several weeks of an unplanned pregnancy, when she was 16, to induce a miscarriage. The drugs have been available from a doctor with a prescription in the United States since 2000 and are used around the world to induce miscarriage. Read more.

Weekly Quandary: Whose Last Name?

Mon, 2014-09-22 13:32
Tennessee law forbids combining a mother and father’s surnames into a single name for baby — or giving an infant a mother’s last name without both parents’ “mutual assent.”

Spanking Isn’t Culture. It’s a Cycle of Abuse.

Mon, 2014-09-22 09:50
Adrian Peterson shouldn’t sell himself short. He is where he is today in spite of his father, not because of him, and what he learned from him now threatens his career and his family.

From Lymphoma Mom to Just Mom, and Holding

Sun, 2014-09-21 07:30
During chemotherapy, my cancer shifted from being a sad thing to being a sad and annoying thing. No one wanted anything to change, but almost everything did.

Don’t Make Me Land This Plane

Fri, 2014-09-19 11:19
Sometimes both parties to a dispute have right on their side, but they still can't both win.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-09-19 09:16
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.

Raising Teenagers: Protect When You Must, Permit When You Can

Thu, 2014-09-18 13:02
There’s not much we can do to rush neurological maturation along in our teens, but we can help kids practice their burgeoning skills of self-control as they emerge.

Independence Referendum Is a Win for Scotland’s Children

Wed, 2014-09-17 23:36
With voter turnout expected to be around 80 percent and polls predicting a thin margin, a glaring message of the referendum has been that every vote counts. For children, that lesson is a victory in itself.

A Surrogate and a Mother: Partners in Pregnancy Share Their Story

Wed, 2014-09-17 20:45
After cancer, Angela Salerni couldn’t bear a child — but she had frozen embryos. She needed a surrogate: Roshael Rose. It was a perfect match, but it still wasn’t easy.

20 Years After ‘It’s Perfectly Normal,’ What’s Changed?

Wed, 2014-09-17 12:58
If you're looking to start a conversation about sexuality with your child, "It's Perfectly Normal," with its science-based, rigorously researched approach, makes for solid footing on which to begin.

To Aid Children’s Cancer Care, Mothers Go Bald

Tue, 2014-09-16 16:03
To raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research, mothers shave their heads in solidarity with their cancer-affected children.

When the Honeymoon Is Over: Settling Into Real Life After a Move

Tue, 2014-09-16 09:51
After a few months of treating life in our new town like one big vacation, the reality of everyday life is catching up with us, and everyone — especially the kids — is a little testy.

Quandary Update: Yes to the Dog, Not Yet to the Baby

Mon, 2014-09-15 10:19
"Without some of the comments, I'm not sure we'd have Buddy now, and he's brought us so much happiness."

‘Just a Stepmother’ Sending a Son to College Without Tears

Sun, 2014-09-14 07:36
Being happy as my stepson leaves us for college isn’t a sign of a lack of connection or love. It's a sign of pride.

The Mechanics of Homework

Fri, 2014-09-12 20:52
Right now, homework is feeling like an instrument of torture designed to destroy my relationship with my children. But we go through this every September. It will get better.

The End of a Week of Cooking, and a Weekend Plan

Fri, 2014-09-12 11:13
After a week of cooking, Friday is a night off before weekend meals and planning for next week.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-09-12 09:14
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.