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Tips for Talking to Your Kids about Alcohol

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 17:34

By: Gene Roehlkepartain, Guest Blogger

Alcohol use by teens is sometimes considered a “gateway” to a wide range of other high-risk activities, including premature sexual activity and illegal drug use.

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Tip of the Day April 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 17:34

Notice when your kids are acting differently and talk to them about it.

Tip of the Day April 16

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Ask other parents about family activities they enjoy doing. Then try something they recommend.

Tip of the Day April 15

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It’s okay to get overwhelmed from time to time as a parent. Be patient with yourself.

Tip of the Day April 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 17:34

Give young people appropriate and important responsibilities within the family. For example, ask a younger child to help an adult do laundry, or ask an older child to prepare a meal.

Tip of the Day April 13

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Encourage your kids to ask questions about life, death, and other spiritual issues. More tips for fostering spiritual development >>

Tip of the Day April 12

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Schedule family time on a regular basis so that everyone isn’t always going in different directions.

Tip of the Day April 11

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Take time to talk with your child about the new things you are learning, and ask her or him to tell you about what she or he is learning. Get more ideas for supporting learning in your family >>

Tip of the Day April 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 17:34

Find positive role models for your kids. They’re in your community, your kids’ school, and at your work place.

Tip of the Day April 9

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When your child is curious about something, help her or him learn more.

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

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:25
The consensus that children with disabilities are best educated in an inclusive classroom is in danger of hardening into dogma that risks re-stigmatizing children with severe or profound disabilities.

What to Do When Your Child Wants Marijuana Stocks

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 10:00
What to do about a child who wants to buy stock in marijuana companies? Should the fact that we probably don’t want our kids consuming the stuff mean that they shouldn’t try to make money off of it either? Three things to think about when it comes to children’s investing decisions.

Tip of the Day April 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 08:32

Plan a progressive party in your neighborhood; ask each family to prepare one snack, and begin the evening at your home. As a group, move from home to home until each family has had a turn to host.

Tip of the Day April 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 08:32

Tell your kids how much you like being with them.

Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 07:22
People around me had accepted me and my identity as part of their lives. Me, pregnant, seemed to me likely to throw a wrench into my casual relationships.

Recipes for Kids: Bananas, Cold and Custardy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-16 09:16
Whip up plain frozen bananas and end up with a creamy, dreamy dessert.

Tip of the Day April 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-16 08:33

Talk about how you decide when to spend money and why. Teach your kids how to budget. More tips for teaching kids money management >>

The Decision: One Child, One School

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-04-15 09:00
Parents are notoriously anxious yet clueless with their first child. With the preschool decision, I felt additional pressure because after a recent ectopic pregnancy, it looks as if Zee will be our only child.

Tip of the Day April 5

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Tell other parents when you see their child doing something responsible or generous. Try to find opportunities to say positive things more often than you report misbehavior.

When Not to Speak Your Second Language to Your Children

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-04-14 11:00
As I fed, changed and rocked our daughter, I practiced my Tagalog phrases—until I sat in on a conference session on early language development, and found out that that's exactly what I shouldn't do.
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