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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.
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.
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.
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.
Fri, 2014-12-05 11:46
The winners of The Learning Network's Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest.
Fri, 2014-12-05 11:33
One morning, my daughter found a scarf in my purse and declared, “Mama, let me do your scarf so you can look Muslim.” She said this in the same way you might say, “Let me do your hair so you can look beautiful.”
Fri, 2014-12-05 10:21
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.
Fri, 2014-12-05 09:10
In our time, for my generation, for those parents whose skin is not white, the coming-of-age conversation is not about the birds and the bees. It is a conversation about race.
Thu, 2014-12-04 15:58
Our school zone includes the best restaurants, coffee shops and brew pubs and some of the most jaw-dropping house prices in the city, and yet, for our pride in all things “local,” our little school has been neglected by the population it was meant to serve.
Thu, 2014-12-04 12:32
It's easy for older parents to mock the new generation of wearable devices available to parents of infants—but the prospect of all that information must be tempting, if parents can get the gadgets to work.
Thu, 2014-12-04 10:55
If the goal is to explain the news in a way that helps children understand the world they live in, this morning, I failed.
Thu, 2014-12-04 10:26
Social emotional learning is what allows students control their behavior, understand how their personal behavior impacts others, and enables them to empathize and collaborate with others.
Wed, 2014-12-03 18:06
Just as breast-feeding is the best nutrition for my son, being a college-educated mom is one of the best things I can do for my son’s future. These facts go together in my mind, and in social science, yet they fail to come together on my campus.
Wed, 2014-12-03 12:42
The trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree at the White House will be illuminated with animated patterns using code generated on Google's Made with Code website.
Wed, 2014-12-03 10:22
A company with no ties to Detroit's African-American community plans to promote breast-feeding and economic empowerment among mothers by encouraging them to sell their excess breast milk.
Tue, 2014-12-02 14:02
We're not much for planned dinner conversations, but tonight, each of our kids will present a charity they'd like to support for Giving Tuesday, and try to persuade the rest of the family to get on board.
Tue, 2014-12-02 13:48
Tell us which charities inspire your children, and your family, to give time and money to a cause.
Tue, 2014-12-02 10:52
For someone who ascribes so much value to being present, living in constant countdown mode while waiting for my husband's returns feels ironic at best, overwhelming at worst.
Mon, 2014-12-01 15:02
Frosting three dozen cupcakes for school while helping with a science project and answering your email? Welcome to the modern parent's alphabet.
Mon, 2014-12-01 13:25
For years, I've been listening as my once-vibrant father transfers his frustration with his chronic ailments onto me. But when I hang up the phone, I hang up his dissatisfaction, too.