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Tip of the Day August 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 24 min 22 sec ago

Ask your children and their friends to select a service project. Schedule an event where they can all volunteer together.

Tip of the Day August 26

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Ask what your child thinks of school—some have a strong attachment, while others feel uncomfortable or unattached. Ask your son or daughter which part of school is his or her favorite. (Don’t be surprised if your children answer “recess” or “lunch.”)

Tip of the Day August 25

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 24 min 22 sec ago

Find out if there is another adult who has connected well with your own child. Have they bonded over sports? Do they like the same music? If you can afford it, buy them tickets to attend an event together.

Tip of the Day August 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 24 min 22 sec ago

Be ready for unexpected moments of connection. When your child or another young person starts to talk about something personal, drop everything to pay attention.

Tip of the Day August 23

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 24 min 22 sec ago

Bring your child and one of his or her friends to a museum, concert, or another cultural event that welcomes children.

Tip of the Day August 22

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Remain firm about your expectations as your kids grow, but expect bumps along the way. As kids change schools, go through puberty, and cope with difficulty, their enthusiasm for school and doing well can wane. Be patient but continue to have high expectations.

Tip of the Day August 21

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Think of your teenager as an adult in training. Teach him or her practical things like how to change a tire, prepare a meal, or create a monthly budget.

Tip of the Day August 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 24 min 22 sec ago

Give children freedom to make their own choices (as appropriate for their age) so that they feel they have some control over their lives.

Tip of the Day August 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 24 min 22 sec ago

Set clear expectations about how you want your child to do in school. This isn’t about putting undue pressure on your child. Instead, it’s about expecting your child to do as well as he or she can.

Tip of the Day August 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 24 min 22 sec ago

Talk about the value of education. Even if school isn’t always easy, that doesn’t mean that it’s not important. Emphasize how working hard at school will help your kids succeed.

American Kids, Learning to Aim and Fire

Motherlode Blog Feeds - 1 hour 31 min ago
I've talked to my children long and hard about guns and gun safety. I've made them practice what to say and do. And this summer, three of the four of them learned to shoot.

How Nicole Zeitzer Johnson, Communications Director and Special Needs Parent, Does It

Motherlode Blog Feeds - 3 hours 37 min ago
I have a 7-year-old and a 2-year-old whose seizures mean someone’s eyes have to be on her at every moment. Fortunately I have a great support system and a flexible work arrangement.

Back-to-School Blues

Motherlode Blog Feeds - 7 hours 51 min ago
You know that moment in "A Visitor for Bear" when Bear realizes that as much as he likes his quiet routines, he likes having someone there to laugh at his jokes, too? My children went back to school this morning, and I felt that.

Tip of the Day August 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 9 hours 25 min ago

When you teach your children about the difference between right and wrong, help them learn to listen to their conscience.

Hookup Line. Carpool. Same Rituals, New School.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-26 10:29
Some things are the same no matter where you are: the car pool line (called "hookup" in our new town). The health forms. The classrooms, the desks, the cubbies. It's not Mars, it's just school. They know how to do school.

Tip of the Day August 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-26 08:30

Remember intelligence is not fixed: Effort and persistence when facing challenges are important characteristics of a successful student. Tell your child, “smart is not what you are; smart is what you work to become.”

Weekly Quandary: Revisiting Limits on Screen Time

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:16
It's a constant quandary. A parent writes "I feel like my biggest parenting challenge is the battle against screens taking over my children's lives."

Tip of the Day August 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-25 08:30

Start family traditions and rituals such as family service projects, game nights, seasonal outings, or family meetings.

Tip of the Day August 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-24 08:31

When kids have a good start to the school year and settle in well to school, they tend to be more interested in school and doing their best. Help your kids get a good start by being an involved parent.

In a Stepfamily, Whose Fairness Wins Out?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-24 07:29
In my new husband's family, what was "fair" in family life was governed by seniority. I preferred to rely on egalitarian turn taking. "Fair" turns out to be subject to interpretation.
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