Childhood Obesity Leads to Unnecessary Surgeries



A pediatric surgeon sees the parents of obese children opting for the quick symptom fix of gallbladd… You can find further on this from the source… here




Learning to Set a Goal for the Long Run

In a conversation they have had countless times since his reading disability was diagnosed in elemen… You can find further on this from the source… here

My Daughter, Profoundly Disabled, Needs a School for Children Like Her

The consensus that children with disabilities are best educated in an inclusive classroom is in dang… You can find further on this from the source… here

Recipes for Kids: Bananas, Cold and Custardy

Whip up plain frozen bananas and end up with a creamy, dreamy dessert. You can find further on this from the source… here


The Decision: One Child, One School

Parents are notoriously anxious yet clueless with their first child. With the preschool decision, I… You can find further on this from the source… here

When Not to Speak Your Second Language to Your Children

As I fed, changed and rocked our daughter, I practiced my Tagalog phrases—until I sat in on a conf… You can find further on this from the source… here

I Have No Idea How Many Calories Are in My Grandmother’s Gefilte Fish

For my daughters, food isn’t a troublesome source of calories demanding its weight in exercise. It’s… You can find further on this from the source… here





The Sixth Stage of Grief: Buying a Puppy

My adorable son has grown tall, lean and hairy. This explains, in part, the decision to add somethin… You can find further on this from the source… here

Pay the Babysitter Over $1,900 This Year? You Owe It to Her to Put Her On the Books

Think paying taxes on the babysitter is a “one-percenter” problem? Think again, because if we parent… You can find further on this from the source… here

Why Students Are Tested, and Why Some Parents Opt Out

Schools haven’t been penalizing families who opt out, whether as an objection to standardized testin… You can find further on this from the source… here


Knives, Not Guns, at a School Near Pittsburgh

Who would minimize a knife attack in which a single young person was able to injure 20 others with t… You can find further on this from the source… here

Judge the ‘Rebel Heart’ Sailboat Parents, or Envy Them?

Are parents raising children in extreme circumstances, like on a sailboat crossing the Pacific Ocean… You can find further on this from the source… here

Jesus Lives, but Should He Live in My Front Yard?

As a young adult Christian whose political views are left of center, working in higher education whe… You can find further on this from the source… here


Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

[SHARETOOLS]Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this wee… You can find further on this from the source… here

The Case Against Savings Accounts (but Not Savings)

Is a savings account a teaching tool, or a “black hole that swallows birthday checks”? You can find further on this from the source… here

9 Novels Both Girls and Boys Can Love

Tired of “boy books” and “girl books?” Nine books (or series) that both the boys and girls in my fam… You can find further on this from the source… here





Federal Funding for Maternal and Infant Visits Extended — Briefly

The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs enjoy bipartisan support. Locally ru… You can find further on this from the source… here

How to Talk to Your Teenager About Pornography

Even researchers who can’t point to definitive evidence that pornography harms teenagers say parents… You can find further on this from the source… here

A Sperm Donor, Uncertain of What It Is to Be ‘Bio-Dad’

After a request from friends, a 29-year-old gay man explored the possibility of becoming a sperm don… You can find further on this from the source… here


Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how i… You can find further on this from the source… here

3 Things Parents Wish Teachers Knew: We Can Handle the Truth

Teachers wish parents knew that our children can do more than we let them, while parents wish teache… You can find further on this from the source… here

‘In Hindsight, Is Stay-at-Home Parenting Something You’d Recommend?’

Into a field of parents looking to return to the workforce after taking time off for family reasons,… You can find further on this from the source… here


Rejected From a Preschool, a Toddler Is Fine. Her Mother Is Getting There.

I know the New York City preschool application process we’re going through is preposterous. That doe… You can find further on this from the source… here

Baby M Grew Up, But Surrogacy Remains Controversial

Nearly 30 years after a United States court first considered it, many questions surrounding surrogac… You can find further on this from the source… here

I Didn’t Want My Son to Have Dwarfism. Not Really.

I have rare form of dwarfism, and I never expected to be able to have a child—but once I was pregn… You can find further on this from the source……


Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Welcome to Motherlode’s second official weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this… You can find further on this from the source… here

Reader Questions, Answered: Returning to Work After a Career Break

Times readers ask career development experts for guidance on returning to the workforce after a brea… You can find further on this from the source… here

EchoAge and Other Better Ways to Do Birthday Presents

EchoAge enables children to get one sizeable cash gift to use for a special birthday present while g… You can find further on this from the source… here





Does Texting at a Stop Sign Count?

Even teenagers who say they “don’t text and drive” pull out the phone at every red light, and many o… You can find further on this from the source… here

The White House Pastry Chef Is Moving to a New Kitchen

Bill Yosses took the White House from the bottomless cookie plate to a granola bar without nuts, cho… You can find further on this from the source… here

If Acne Doesn’t Bother My Son, Why Should It Bother Me?

For three afternoons a week in sixth grade, I was “Zit Face.” But no one says a word to my son about… You can find further on this from the…


Can an Insecure Parent Raise a Secure Child?

In classroom after classroom on our school tour, I saw the same thing: no desks. Can a collaborative… You can find further on this from the source… here

The Dog’s One Big Headache, but My Kids Adore Her

She’s a 125-pound nervous, incontinent beast with a carpet-destroying digestive system, but I can’t… You can find further on this from the source… here

Terran Lyons, McDonald’s Crew Trainer, on Raising 2 on the Minimum Wage

I work the night shift. It’s a good job, except they pay us so little. It would be easier except rig… You can find further on this from the source……


‘Are Parents Better Lovers?’

Now that I’m a mother — a single mother, a dating mother — I have come to believe, tentatively t… You can find further on this from the source… here

Scholastic Gives Kids a Video-Game Power-Up

Scholastic News published an article telling children that video games are good for your brain. Shou… You can find further on this from the source… here