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Prenatal Testing: When a Result Is Not a Diagnosis

Mon, 2014-12-15 11:25
An investigative report found that doctors and patients are misinterpreting new prenatal tests and failing to understand how often a positive screen can be a false alarm.

E-Cigarettes May Serve as Gateway to Smoking for Teens, Study Suggests

Mon, 2014-12-15 10:19
A study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics seems to add to the evidence that e-cigarettes are doing more to promote nicotine use than to help people quit.

There’s So Much to Say About Her Aunt’s Suicide, I Can’t Even Begin.

Sun, 2014-12-14 07:10
It’s been more than four months since my sister took her own life, and I still haven’t spoken with my 12-year-old daughter about it.

The Unmonitored Baby Is Not Worth Having

Fri, 2014-12-12 09:15
Reams of data, straight to your smartphone. Imagine being certain your baby needs a diaper change, and determining with 97 percent accuracy if your baby is crying!

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 2014-12-12 08:01
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.

Racial Bias in Discipline: What If Your Child’s School Is Harder on Some Kids Than Others?

Thu, 2014-12-11 17:16
Black parents may want to believe that society has moved on from racial bias, but that belief can undermine their ability to advocate for their children.

Finding an Overnight Camp That’s Truly Worth It

Thu, 2014-12-11 11:33
It's camp application season. You’ll want to ask baseline questions about food, safety, staff training and facilities, but what you really want to know is this: Is this a camp that changes lives?

A Photo of a Stillborn Baby, Proof of Life, and Grief and Memory

Thu, 2014-12-11 08:38
When my brother, a writer, put a stillbirth into his last novel, the scene was a gift to me, a way of making public what had been my too-private loss.

Parents in Europe, Talking to Kids About Sex

Wed, 2014-12-10 15:50
When parents in European countries have the birds-and-the-bees talk with children and teenagers, it's with less judgment and more trust.

‘Invest in Us,’ and Our Parents, Too

Wed, 2014-12-10 14:00
Helping low-income children is more politically appealing than helping their parents. But children rarely succeed unless their families have a chance too.

Colleges, Recruiting Even the Imaginary Students

Tue, 2014-12-09 12:35
I wasn't surprised by the flood of mail my daughter received from colleges her junior year of high school. The amount of mail her nonexistent brother, "William," received did come as something of a shock.

Counting the Days: ‘It’s Too Many Whales, Daddy’

Tue, 2014-12-09 08:28
To count down the days of her father's deployment, my daughter and I made a calendar adorned with a whale for each day he'd be gone. She was delighted with her work, until she took in what it meant.

Quandary: Helping Younger Children Love to Give as Well as Get

Mon, 2014-12-08 12:49
Younger children can be more focused on the possibility of having all their Hanukkah or Christmas wishes granted than on choosing or making with others in mind.

How Witnessing Violence Affects a Child, and How to Help

Mon, 2014-12-08 09:27
Sixty percent of children in the United States are exposed to violence, crime or abuse on an annual basis, according to a Department of Justice report. When I was attacked last year, my son became one of them.

Church on Sunday: Because Spiritual Education Takes More Than Good Intentions

Sun, 2014-12-07 07:21
By the time we reach Sunday – this supposed day of rest – I’ve had it with arguing with my kids. I am tired of saying "no" and "because I said so." I’m tempted to just say, "Fine, let's skip church today." But I don't.