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Bittersweet Sixteen

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-14 08:02
There are lots of milestones as kids move through adolescence: 10, when you enter double digits; 13 when you become a teenager; 18 when you finish high school. But when you are a kid with a driver’s license and access to a car, 16 is a game changer.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-14 07:55
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.

Adoptees Like Me ‘Flip the Script’ on the Pro-Adoption Narrative

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-13 13:19
I don’t know how to solve the broader problems with adoption, or even my own. But I’m relieved that more adoptees are finding a way to talk about the reality: not all adoptions end in rainbows and bubbly baby smiles.

To A.P. or Not to A.P., That Is the Question

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-13 10:49
Advanced Placement courses can be a real boon to students motivated by intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. But for students looking to please their parents or for those in pursuit of transcript padding and other false academic idols, A.P. courses can be an unpleasant and unhealthy slog.

Tip of the Day November 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-13 08:34

Give kids the chance to tell the truth. Instead of accusing, ask: Do you think it might be hard for me to believe what you just told me?

When All Else Fails, Embryo Adoption Offers Hope

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-12 13:59
After four years of infertility and many failures, this little baby popsicle of an embryo was our best hope at finally becoming parents.

A Soon-to-Be Grandma, Ready to Learn

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-12 10:48
This spring, my older daughter announced that she was pregnant. And I realized almost immediately that I knew nothing about today's birthing or parenting issues. I had a lot of catching up to do.

Tip of the Day November 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-12 08:32

Don’t expect all of your children’s learning to happen in school. Keep stretching their minds with stories, games, and activities that deepen their thinking.

This Veterans Day, Read (and Listen to) Family Stories

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-11 12:13
Military experience was once common. Many of us grew up surrounded by parents and family who had served. Now, military life seems removed from the everyday for many of us. Here, for Veteran's Day, stories of military family.

On Veterans Day, Offering Gratitude and Accepting It

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:40
When I told the man at the baggage counter that my husband was deployed, he immediately replied, "Thank you for your service." I didn't quite know how to respond.

Tip of the Day November 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-11 08:35

Your beliefs about your children’s competence affect their confidence and ability to learn.

Quandary: When the Tests Are Overwhelming, What’s Next?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-10 16:07
Most schools conduct some form of standardized testing. What helps a child who finds the tests stressful, and when is the testing too much?

Our Real ‘Mommy’ (and ‘Daddy’) Problem: Your Children Are Your Problem

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-10 14:20
What happens when children are considered the adorable lifestyle choice of a nation of "mommies?" No one else needs to worry about the needs of those children—or of any children.

Our ‘Mommy’ Problem and Mine

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-10 10:29
As a new mother, newly laid off, it quickly became painfully clear that the life I’d imagined for myself once upon a time—as a professional, wife, and mother—had been a modern-day fairy tale.

Tip of the Day October 31

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-10 08:33

Ask your teenager if he or she wants to help hand out candy on Halloween. Some teenagers enjoy doing this, and it’s a fun way to spend time together.

Tip of the Day October 30

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-11-09 08:34

Take your kids trick-or-treating in your neighborhood on Halloween. This is one of the few holidays that encourages you to connect with your neighbors.

Managing Chaos: Tips for Parent Coaches and Volunteers

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-11-08 08:35

By: Becky Post

If you have a child in an out-of-school-time sport or club, you may have been recruited to coach or lead that activity.

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A Week of the Tried-and-True

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-07 14:47
In today's episode of "The Triumph of the Well-Stocked Kitchen," our heroine runs out of bread and chicken broth, but is able to save the day on both occasions. The exciting weekly cooking routine of this mother of four.

You ‘Can’t Imagine Life Without Kids’? I Can.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-07 14:44
If I want to grocery shop, there is the Leo Factor — will a bagel appease him, or will this require juice? I fantasize about not needing to consider that, and that doesn't make me unworthy of being a parent.

Slower Cabs, and Safer Children: New York City Reduces Speed Limit to 25

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-07 13:28
The families of young victims of traffic violence advocated for a slower speed limit in New York City, and won. Not everyone is happy about it.
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