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midden

Mother Tongue: Room & Hoard

Using stuff for good

Mother Tongue Hide-and-seek is called cache-cache in France. Back here in New Mexico, it’s spot-on terminology for one of my 4-year-old daughter Sylvia’s special activities. Cache comes from old French and Latin verbs fo...

Saturday, November 15, 2014 by Lauren Whitehurst
MATH

Mother Tongue: Alone Together

Of math, maddening and making connections

Mother Tongue I. Alone My stomach turned in my son’s first-grade classroom last week. Theo and his classmates sat at their tables each facing a worksheet of addition problems. The teacher asked for pencils in the air—...

Monday, October 20, 2014 by Lauren Whitehurst
laughter

Mother Tongue: Knocking Ourselves Out

The developmental journey of jokes

Mother Tongue “I spy with my little eye…” is a good road trip time-kill with little kids, but it doesn’t fill 10 hours. You run out of brown and green things to spy and/or your first-grader secretly spies “the univ...

Friday, September 26, 2014 by Lauren Whitehurst
mother tongue white board

Mother Tongue: Teen Voices 4

Family Dynamics by Maria Campos

Mother Tongue .drop-cap { float: left; color: black; font-size: 75px; line-height: 60px; padding-top: 4px; padding-right: 8px; padding-left: 3px; font-family: Georgia; } It's amazing how you can love someo...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Lauren Whitehurst
Teen-Mikayla

Mother Tongue: Teen Voices 1

How I became a proud teen mom, by Mikayla Trujillo

Mother Tongue .drop-cap { float: left; color: black; font-size: 75px; line-height: 60px; padding-top: 4px; padding-right: 8px; padding-left: 3px; font-family: Georgia; } I got pregnant at the end of my soph...

Monday, August 11, 2014 by Lauren Whitehurst
Teen-Jazmin

Mother Tongue: Teen Voices 2

Love Affairs, by Jazmin Ramirez

Mother Tongue .drop-cap { float: left; color: black; font-size: 75px; line-height: 60px; padding-top: 4px; padding-right: 8px; padding-left: 3px; font-family: Georgia; } I can't call it a surprise. I mean, I...

Monday, August 11, 2014 by Lauren Whitehurst
Teen-Melissa

Mother Tongue: Teen Voices 3

Parallel Lines by Melissa Ruiz

Mother Tongue .drop-cap { float: left; color: black; font-size: 75px; line-height: 60px; padding-top: 4px; padding-right: 8px; padding-left: 3px; font-family: Georgia; } .pull-quote { width: 300px; float: ...

Monday, August 11, 2014 by Lauren Whitehurst
take me to the river

Mother Tongue: Take Me To The River

When the calendar gets too full, leave it behind

Mother Tongue From the right angle, my May iCal page looks vaguely Mondrian. It’s full of grid lines and primary colors indicating events, deadlines, activities and appointments for the whole family. Since May is end-of-sc...

Friday, June 6, 2014 by Lauren Whitehurst
mothertongue

Mother Tongue: Planting a Nuclear Mother’s Day

A mom becomes a daughter again

Mother Tongue This afternoon I’m planting transplants from my mother’s garden. A little time with these muddy lumps of daylilies and veronicas will keep the plants from dying, offer me a precious dirt-fingered break from...

Friday, May 9, 2014 by Lauren Whitehurst

Mother Tongue: Neverending Stories

A mother's procrastination habits are contagious

Mother Tongue The assignment was due the next day. Actually, it was due the day before. In the middle of completing the assignment, it became clear that the draft was twice as long as allowed. I’d have to arrange for anoth...

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Lauren Whitehurst
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