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Tip of the Day December 17

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Respect your child’s time. When you commit to something, follow through or let your child know why you can’t.

Tip of the Day December 16

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Make holiday celebrations about being with friends and family, rather than focused on gift giving.

Tip of the Day December 15

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Ask your child to write a list of her or his skills and talents. Then you write down additional strengths that your child didn’t recognize.

Tip of the Day December 14

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Model responsible behavior. If you do things that are off limits in front of a child, be ready to give a reason that is not hypocritical.

Tip of the Day December 13

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Ask your kids what they enjoy best about getting ready for (and celebrating) the holidays. Incorporate those things into your holiday planning.

Tip of the Day December 12

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Answer your children’s questions. If you don’t know the answer, admit it and work together to find it.

Tip of the Day December 11

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This holiday season, ask significant adults in your children’s lives to give gifts of time or activities (such as a trip to a park, an afternoon of baking, or a visit to a museum), rather than material goods.

Tip of the Day December 10

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Be an example of how to act—don’t just tell your children what to do or what not to do.

Tip of the Day December 9

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Monitor your family’s activity and stress levels. When kids feel overwhelmed, they’re less likely to want to do things. Sometimes it helps to say that instead of attending a holiday event for an entire day that you’re only going to stay for three or four hours.

Tip of the Day December 8

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Set a deadline for holiday gift ideas. A big budget buster occurs when your child tells you what he or she desperately wants the night before the holiday and you dash out to find it.

When a Classmate Takes On Santa

Motherlode Blog Feeds - 4 hours 1 min ago
When a student decides to declare Santa a fraud, there's little a teacher or parent can do.

‘Are You Going to Give Him a White Name?’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-17 13:34
When I was four months pregnant, a friend asked this question casually over lunch. I hadn't yet thought of it that way.

With Three Adults, Two Jobs and One Baby, a Family Is Barely Getting By

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-17 10:10
The house is paid for. The car is paid for. Everything else, we're barely covering. I can't find a job for the life of me—and if I do, who will look after the baby?

Tip of the Day December 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-17 08:31

Interact with your children in loving, respectful, and caring ways, even when you are feeling angry or frustrated.

Pausing for Hanukkah While Everything Else Keeps Going

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-16 16:05
Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas has made me aware of how much easier the outside world makes it to protect one tradition over the other.

A Foreskin in the Right Place at the Right Time

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-16 14:29
Proposed CDC guidelines would have doctors promote the benefits of circumcision in newborns, teenagers and adults, but parents will still make their own decisions—sometimes for unexpected reasons.

Deployment Work-Ups: ‘This Is So Stupid Hard’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:55
An on-again, off-again schedule to deployment is hard on all of us. In a weak moment, I told my husband that it was easier when he's gone, and I regretted it instantly.

Tip of the Day December 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:33

Make the case for family holidays. Even if kids think they’re stupid and boring, point out how they’re something your family does and values. Work to interject activities or rituals that will get your kids more interested.

Live Chat: Prenatal Screening: When a Result Is Not a Diagnosis

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-15 12:41
Join me and New England Center for Investigative Reporting's Elizabeth Daley, along with experts Dr. Kecia Gaither and Athena Cherry this afternoon, Dec. 15, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time, for a live chat about the reliability of prenatal screenings.

Prenatal Testing: When a Result Is Not a Diagnosis

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-15 11:25
An investigative report found that doctors and patients are misinterpreting new prenatal tests and failing to understand how often a positive screen can be a false alarm.
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