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Read This Before You Buy Another Holiday Gift (or Goat)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-22 08:40
We cannot use seasonal charitable giving to put a fig leaf over the ways our passion for cheap clothes and toys contributes to the problems we try to help solve with our donations.

Tip of the Day December 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-22 08:34

Answer your children’s questions. If you don’t know the answer, admit it and work together to find it.

Tip of the Day December 11

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-12-21 08:31

This holiday season, ask significant adults in your children’s lives to give gifts of time or activities (such as a trip to a park, an afternoon of baking, or a visit to a museum), rather than material goods.

This Holiday, Don’t Hide the Piercings From Grandma

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-12-21 07:10
Rather than a one-way transfer of my beliefs to them, my kids, now 19 and 16, are teaching me to see the world—and my in-laws—with new eyes.

Tip of the Day December 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-12-20 08:34

Be an example of how to act—don’t just tell your children what to do or what not to do.

Why We Don’t Do the Naughty List

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-19 11:03
I understand why the naughty list helps some parents. But for my anxious daughter, it's the opposite of Christmas magic. Bless the mall Santa who understood that.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-19 10:11
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.

Tip of the Day December 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:34

Monitor your family’s activity and stress levels. When kids feel overwhelmed, they’re less likely to want to do things. Sometimes it helps to say that instead of attending a holiday event for an entire day that you’re only going to stay for three or four hours.

Holiday Concerts and the Anatomy of Melancholy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-18 14:04
Every year, I try to find a way to embrace the ephemeral, cherry-blossom nature of December, and the way it wallops you over the head with the passage of time.

In an Orphanage, But Not Orphaned, in Sierra Leone

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-18 12:03
I thought overseas adoption would be my route to parenthood, but when I visited Sierra Leone, I found the situation there more complex than it seemed.

Tip of the Day December 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-18 08:32

Set a deadline for holiday gift ideas. A big budget buster occurs when your child tells you what he or she desperately wants the night before the holiday and you dash out to find it.

When a Classmate Takes On Santa

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-18 07:43
When a student decides to declare Santa a fraud, there's little a teacher or parent can do.

‘Are You Going to Give Him a White Name?’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-17 13:34
When I was four months pregnant, a friend asked this question casually over lunch. I hadn't yet thought of it that way.

With Three Adults, Two Jobs and One Baby, a Family Is Barely Getting By

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-17 10:10
The house is paid for. The car is paid for. Everything else, we're barely covering. I can't find a job for the life of me—and if I do, who will look after the baby?

Tip of the Day December 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-17 08:31

Interact with your children in loving, respectful, and caring ways, even when you are feeling angry or frustrated.

Pausing for Hanukkah While Everything Else Keeps Going

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-16 16:05
Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas has made me aware of how much easier the outside world makes it to protect one tradition over the other.

A Foreskin in the Right Place at the Right Time

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-16 14:29
Proposed CDC guidelines would have doctors promote the benefits of circumcision in newborns, teenagers and adults, but parents will still make their own decisions—sometimes for unexpected reasons.

Deployment Work-Ups: ‘This Is So Stupid Hard’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:55
An on-again, off-again schedule to deployment is hard on all of us. In a weak moment, I told my husband that it was easier when he's gone, and I regretted it instantly.

Tip of the Day December 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:33

Make the case for family holidays. Even if kids think they’re stupid and boring, point out how they’re something your family does and values. Work to interject activities or rituals that will get your kids more interested.

Live Chat: Prenatal Screening: When a Result Is Not a Diagnosis

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-15 12:41
Join me and New England Center for Investigative Reporting's Elizabeth Daley, along with experts Dr. Kecia Gaither and Athena Cherry this afternoon, Dec. 15, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time, for a live chat about the reliability of prenatal screenings.
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