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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.

When the Problem is Priorities, Don’t Blame Cooking

Thu, 2014-09-11 11:27
Family dinner isn't, and shouldn't be, something to get through. It's not a way station on the way to some goal. It is the goal, no matter what's on the table — and it ought to be within everyone's reach.

Thursday Dinner, Faster Than Delivery

Thu, 2014-09-11 10:25
Salad Pizza: If you've got a ball of whole-wheat pizza dough, you can get dinner on the table faster than you could get it delivered.

A Slower-Paced, but Still Easy, Wednesday Meal

Wed, 2014-09-10 11:28
Last night's Sausage with Spinach and Bean Mash was easy and "therapeutic." Tonight, pouring sauce on chicken.

Those ‘Mysterious Deadly Virus’ Headlines? Don’t Panic. Do Watch That Cold, and Wash Your Hands.

Wed, 2014-09-10 09:04
Strains of enterovirus circulate every year. This year, the number of children affected is high, but the symptoms themselves (fever and coughing) are consistent with the way this virus has behaved in the past.

A Simple ‘Dump-It’ Meal for a Busy Tuesday

Tue, 2014-09-09 14:05
A dinner designed for a parent with more on his or her mind than “I wonder if rice wine vinegar or tarragon vinegar would be better here.”

Making New Friends: In Praise of Name Tags

Tue, 2014-09-09 10:40
One of the most exhausting things about being new to a situation is having to learn everyone’s name. That’s why I love name tags.

A Fast, Simple Dinner for a Monday Night

Mon, 2014-09-08 11:13
A detailed plan for getting dinner on the table tonight.

Weekly Quandary: Changes to a High School Schedule

Mon, 2014-09-08 09:52
If your student is unhappy, do you encourage the child to advocate for a different schedule, regardless of the official word on allowable changes?

Game Plan for a Week of Family Dinners

Sun, 2014-09-07 07:41
Sunday dinner is burrito bowls, but Sunday is also shopping and preparation day for making things easier the rest of the week.

‘Every Night It’s As If We’ve Never Had to Make Dinner Before.’

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:55
Two working parents. Two busy kids. One family that arrives home every evening, starved. Jenny Rosenstrach takes a recipe for chaos and coaches all of us in the planning and preparation needed to turn it into a pleasant nightly meal.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-09-05 12:22
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.

‘Pretesting’ and Other New Ideas to Help Kids Learn

Thu, 2014-09-04 17:41
New research in learning offers new techniques for students: Play teacher. Take a break. Walk around. Get some sleep.

Teaching Children Empathy

Thu, 2014-09-04 09:34
Empathy isn't just taking another perspective. Con men can do that. In order to be empathetic, children need to know how to value, respect and understand another person’s points of view, even when they don’t agree.

Nine Things to Hate About Packing School Lunches (and How to Fix Them)

Wed, 2014-09-03 17:43
I choose to pack lunches for my children — but I also choose to make it easier to do.

Weekly Quandary: Should You Push a Child to Play a Sport?

Wed, 2014-09-03 11:25
Have you pushed a child into a sport or onto a team, and was it a success? Or are there other ways of making friends and staying active?

Creating a Homework Habit

Tue, 2014-09-02 13:32
The real point of homework doesn't lie in the completion of the homework. It lies in learning how to sit yourself down and get it done.

Homework and Consequences

Tue, 2014-09-02 08:06
I didn’t have to ground him. I just had to carry out our deal. Incomplete homework preparation, no author visit.

13, and Surviving in the Woods on Squirrel Pizza

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:57
The 20-something mastermind behind my son's outdoor survival program presented parents with no medical forms or really any assurances for our children’s safety. Yet my son has never been hurt any worse than he has playing with friends in our finished basement, and it has transformed him.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-08-29 11:40
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.