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Tip of the Day March 2

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Make your home a fun place. Some families put up a basketball hoop. Others create an area for teens to hang or play video games. Some have scrapbooking supplies or other crafts for kids. Others stock the fridge.

Tip of the Day March 1

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Be sensitive to what embarrasses your child. Young teens in particular can be extremely self-conscious. Connect with them in playful ways but notice when your child’s mood starts to change.

Tip of the Day February 28

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Don’t ask children if they’ve told the truth; this can corner them into telling another lie. Instead, say something like, “It can be hard to tell the truth sometimes. It’s okay for you to make a mistake, but it isn’t okay for you to lie about what happened.”

Tip of the Day February 27

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When you know your young child has lied (and they all do at times), point it out. Explain why it’s wrong to lie. Talk about how important it is to be honest.

Tip of the Day February 26

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When you fudge the truth, admit it and apologize. This sounds simple, but it is not always easy.

Tip of the Day February 25

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Call your children’s attention to times when their words and actions don’t match and times when they do. Encourage them to do the same for you.

Tip of the Day February 24

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You are both teacher and role model of positive values. The ways in which you talk about values and live by them will strongly influence your children’s development of them, especially when your children become teenagers.

Tip of the Day February 23

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Think about your children’s passions and interests. Look for ways they can make a difference in those areas. Do they love dogs? How about helping them collect pet food or soft rags for an animal shelter? Are they passionate about music? Let them share their talent in a family talent show.

Tip of the Day February 22

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It’s important to be involved as a family in events or activities, even if you are separated or divorced. If possible, this could mean setting aside differences and attending your child’s performance or school conference together.

‘My Friend Has a Son Who Is Autistic’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-03-02 13:37
At first, I didn’t get that the clumsy idle talk was an attempt at showing compassion.

Why Schools Should Undermine Moral Teachings

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-03-02 12:29
All men are created equal. True or False ... or Opinion?

Tip of the Day February 21

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:31

Teach children about integrity in simple ways. For example, explain, “When someone thanks you for doing something you didn’t do, it’s important to say so. You can say, ‘Thanks for thanking me, but my brother did it.’”

Tip of the Day February 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-03-02 08:31

Be willing to apologize to your parenting partner when it’s appropriate. If your child was within earshot of an argument between your partner and you or witnessed negative behavior, let them hear the apology as well.

Tip of the Day February 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2015-03-01 08:30

Regularly make a point of saying something positive to your co-parent about his or her parenting techniques. Supporting each other is “key” to good parenting.

Tip of the Day February 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-02-28 08:33

When you need time to concentrate, or for private or serious conversation with someone else, tell your children how long it will take and what you expect from them during that time. When you are finished, let them know they can once again have your attention.

My Dad: Strict. My Daughter’s ‘Papa’? Not So Much.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-27 11:34
My mom tells me that my dad has always been great with children. But that’s not what I remember.

Trust Your Matchmaking Mother. She Only Wants What’s Best.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-27 10:39
Our children have found their colleges and careers. Isn't it time they found their soul mates? Trust us, we can help.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-27 09:00
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 February 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-27 08:32

Start a “thought sharing” tradition. At a meal, bedtime, or another time when there are few distractions, get in the habit of sharing one thing about your day, something interesting you each thought of, a hope or a dream, or another open-ended topic.

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