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Well Family: A New Name and New Home for Motherlode

PhotoCredit Lars BlackmoreWhen The New York Times started Motherlode in 2008, the name was a play on words that marked our entry into the world of parenting blogs. But like many readers, I questioned the name of a parenting report that, by definition, seemed to exclude half of all parents. O...

Whether Our Foster Child Stays or Goes, He Is Loved

PhotoCredit Illustration by Abigail Gray Swartz“Can you tell me again, Mommy? Can you tell me who decides whether I get to stay here?” I turn to see my 4-year-old foster son staring at our house through the back window of my car. We’ve just returned from dropping my 5-year-old biological son,...

The School Conference Blues

PhotoCredit Getty ImagesMiddle school parent-teacher conferences are tomorrow and I can’t bring myself to think about going. It’s not the two hours I’ll wait sitting on hard chairs in the hallway, anticipating my allotted five minutes of playing musical chairs with each teacher. It’s that I haven...

When Another Child Wants to Be Friends and Yours Does Not

PhotoCredit iStockSometimes every parent needs advice. For our occasional advice column, we post readers’ questions that we know (or at least suspect) plague more than one parent. You — the readers — provide the advice: How have you made this work better in your family? I invite an expert ...

A Family Adds Five Children, Special Needs and All

PhotoMembers of Diane Stanley’s family gathered in the courtroom on the day the five youngest children were adopted.Credit Diane Stanley has seven children in her home: her biological son, Cooper, 18; her foster son, David, 22, who is intellectually disabled; and five younger childre...

Calorie Counts on the Kids’ Menu

PhotoCredit Tony Cenicola/The New York TimesOne kid-favorite Panera cinnamon crunch bagel: 430 calories. Add a medium low-fat strawberry banana smoothie (260 calories) or even just a lemonade (240 calories), and your 7-year-old is well into his 1,600-calorie budget for the day. Of c...
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