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Tip of the Day October 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 1 hour 32 min ago

Follow your child’s lead on Halloween. If he or she wants to go trick-or-treating, find a safe way for this to happen. If your child isn’t interested in Halloween, don’t make a big deal of it.

Tip of the Day October 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 1 hour 32 min ago

When your child comes to you with a conflict, don’t do all the problem solving yourself. Encourage him or her to develop solutions. (Intervention may be appropriate, of course, if there is a danger of physical injury.)

Tip of the Day October 18

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Continue to show affection to teenagers by spending time with them—even if you’re not doing or talking about anything special.

Tip of the Day October 17

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Present your kids with a variety of options for activities and help them think about which ones best fit their interests.

Tip of the Day October 16

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Start a conversation with your family about communication. Do you all speak positively to each other? Do you trust each other and talk openly? What can you do to improve communication?

Tip of the Day October 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 1 hour 32 min ago

When you and your child disagree, do or say something to show that you still care.

Tip of the Day October 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 1 hour 32 min ago

Check in with your partner (and yourself!) periodically to assess whether you are balancing your work and family time the way you want to. List your priorities to help you be realistic about the things you value most.

Tip of the Day October 13

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 1 hour 32 min ago

Help your children practice coping skills when difficult situations arise.

Tip of the Day October 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 1 hour 32 min ago

Find ways to teach your children about their cultural heritage, such as through stories or songs.

Tip of the Day October 11

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 1 hour 32 min ago

Point out when your child is making good decisions regarding friendships and positive choices.

Quandary: Books for Readers Whose Skills Lag Behind Their Age

Motherlode Blog Feeds - 7 hours 7 min ago
Looking for books and strategies to help a behind-the-curve reader find books that interest her, and encourage her to read and improve.

There Are More Important Things Than Saving for College

Motherlode Blog Feeds - 8 hours 36 min ago
There is no shame in having more kids than average. Or in working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts, or telling them, “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.”

For Girl Scouts, Debates Over New Badges and Classic Pursuits Continue

Motherlode Blog Feeds - 8 hours 49 min ago
At a convention, the Girl Scouts promised to reinvigorate the role of the outdoors in the organization, but some have questioned whether new badges mean real change.

Tip of the Day October 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 10 hours 32 min ago

Allow young children to make simple choices, such as wearing black socks or red socks.

Tip of the Day October 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-19 08:31

Set aside one or two nights each week when all family members commit to not scheduling activities outside of the home.

There’s Cancer In My Future. How Am I Supposed to Feel?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-19 07:05
I know I have the BRCA 1 mutation, and I know I have a strong chance of developing ovarian or breast cancer. But I am 32 years old, and I don't know what to do with that knowledge.

Tip of the Day October 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-10-18 08:32

Avoid comparing your children with each other or with kids outside your family.

Family Dinners for a Complicated Week

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-17 14:35
This week features a lot of moving parts at our house, and dinner will not be the focus. But it still has to be planned and provided, even if not necessarily cooked.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:52
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.

Tip of the Day October 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:33

Set clear limits on your children’s technology use, and make sure that your kids know the consequences for going over the limits.

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