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Tip of the Day January 24

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Monitor your own comments about other parents and families. Your kids are always listening and we may appear less tolerant than we intend to if we are careless.

Tip of the Day January 23

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Give kids room to make and realize their mistakes. Preventing them from learning from mistakes will build a sense of false security and diminish their ability to manage disappointment.

Tip of the Day January 22

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It can help kids to name feelings to help a conversation move forward. Try something like, “Some kids in this situation might feel angry, sad, or afraid. Do any of those sound true for you?”

Tip of the Day January 21

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Laugh and be silly as a family. Read comic strips, play pretend, play games, sing out loud . . . it’s the small things that hold us together.

Tip of the Day January 20

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While your values and rules are important, giving your kids the room to develop and express their ideas will not only build their confidence, but will make them less susceptible to peer pressure and undue influence.

Tip of the Day January 19

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When misbehavior happens, emphasize the right way to act. Once kids know right from wrong and choose wrong, then it is appropriate to discipline them.

Tip of the Day January 17

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Eat dinner together as often as possible. Try sharing one good and one difficult thing from each person’s day.

Tip of the Day January 16

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Value actions as well as words. Listen to what you teen tells you, and pay close attention to what he does as well as with whom he does it.

Tip of the Day January 15

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Parenting is too much to do alone. Lean on family and friends. Ask others to be a positive force in your child’s life, help enforce boundaries as well as do fun things together with your child.

Tip of the Day January 14

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Think before you speak. Try never to make offhand negative comments (“You’re so lazy!”) as they can have long-term effects on your child’s self image.

Tip of the Day January 13

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When behaviors drive you crazy, give yourself grace. Seek out the wisdom of other parents you admire, try new strategies, and remember you weren’t born knowing how to parent.

Childless, With Regret and Advice: Don’t Wait for the Perfect Picture

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:23
I didn't want to become my mother, so I actively avoided becoming a mother at all until it was too late.

The View from Inside the Stroller

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:31
Diego Acosta López wanted to see what it was like when his son, Ignacio — just shy of 2 — visited New York City for the first time.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:46
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 January 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-23 08:33

Express an interest in your child’s friends and social life. Having the people outside of family who are important to them acknowledged will remind your kids that they are important to you.

A New Nominee for Worst Tween Sitcom on TV

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:25
Instead of a show about the coed and girls' teams our children have grown up with, Nickelodeon offers "Bella and the Bulldogs," an ugly throwback to an era when girls who love sports are always odd girl out.

Tip of the Day January 11

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:34

Don’t give false praise. Be authentic, but kind. Kids can tell when adults are being fake or insincere.

Free of Gluten, but Not of Arsenic (or of Guilt)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-21 16:24
For gluten-free families, the increasing concerns about arsenic and rice are a source of worry and guilt. But how much should parents blame themselves?

When Measles Spreads From Disneyland, It’s a Small World After All

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-21 15:50
A current measles outbreak, now at 48 confirmed cases, began with a visitor to Disneyland, and quickly spread beyond those directly exposed there.

Tip of the Day January 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-21 08:31

Surround yourself with families you admire. Learn what you want and don’t want to do. Be intentional with the choices you make in managing your family.

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