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‘You’ve Done Everything You Can’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-06-17 11:26
In the past, I’d never understood people who said they were done, who gave up on their dream of having their own genetic children. But as I thought of the future, I could not imagine going on.

At the Cutting Edge of Gay Family Law

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-06-17 09:05
In the past, second-parent adoptions have been standard in the gay community. But a court recently ruled that such adoptions were neither “necessary nor available” for gay married couples since a "presumption of parenthood" exists.

Tip of the Day June 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-06-17 08:33

Listen to and guide your children as they sort through their values. Use examples and questions to help them explore topics such as honesty or equality.

Climbing Out of the Darkness of Maternal Mental Illness

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-06-16 19:39
A community and an event for women experiencing maternal mental illness, those who have passed through it, and their family and friends.

Whose Dress Code Is It, and Why?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-06-16 13:06
The best school dress codes aren't about students and sexuality, but about placing school on the list of places where there are standards, and where the freedom to do whatever we want, whenever we want shouldn't and doesn't apply.

Tip of the Day June 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-06-16 08:33

Praise more; criticize less.

Tip of the Day June 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-06-15 08:32

Expose your kids to a wide range of activities and subjects so they can discover what interests them.

The World’s Best Father Gets a Close Shave

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-06-15 06:57
Daughter Alice Bee has some special pampering planned for the World's Best Father.

Tip of the Day June 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-06-14 08:31

Avoid being the only parent in your kids’ lives. Find other adults who can help your kids grow up well.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-06-13 11:08
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.

A Lost Father, and a Daughter Who’s Not Ready to Let Him Go

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:56
The Friday before Father's Day last year, my dad, an Alzheimer's patient, wandered off from my mother at the grocery store. I'd been saying goodbye to him for almost a decade, but I wasn't ready to lose him.

Tip of the Day June 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-06-13 08:32

Be firm about rules and limitations that keep kids safe. Discuss the reasons why you are not willing to negotiate certain rules.

Kids and Parents: Happy to Move Up, Sad to Say Goodbye

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-06-12 14:03
I think of summer as a happy time of year—which is why I'm annually blindsided by the small sorrows of graduations and change.

Parental Collusion on Spending and Rules: Harder Than It Sounds

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-06-12 08:48
Here’s the tricky part about trying to form a cabal to stomp the seeds of perceived materialism: It’s awfully hard to be the first person who speaks up.

Tip of the Day June 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-06-12 08:30

Dwell on what children do right instead of what they do wrong.

Lasagna with Red Chard Satisfies a Meat-Loving Family

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-06-11 11:43
As they enter their second week of adding two vegetarian meals weekly, a meat-loving family finds a lasagna they love, and prepares to try a Big Bowl with black beans, greens, avocado and salsa fresca.

Tip of the Day June 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-06-11 08:33

Parent with your spouse or partner. Create a united front so that kids know what to expect (instead of who to play against whom).

Tip of the Day June 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:34

Ensure that your mealtimes are phone-free and gadget-free zones. Turn gadgets off and turn on the conversation while you eat.

Tip of the Day May 31

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:34

If your kids will be spending their summer riding bikes, trikes, and skateboards, make sure they have helmets that fit and they wear them every time they ride.

Who’s Your Mommy? We Don’t Know — Yet

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:23
Although Kelly is carrying their daughter, we won't know until she arrives who the biological mother is. For now, it's father's baby; mother's maybe.
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