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Tip of the Day April 27

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If you get angry, explain why you’re angry. And don’t just give negative feedback, explain it: “This disappoints me because I know you can do a much better job.”

Tip of the Day April 24

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Sometimes tweens and teens need to talk through problems and seek advice from people other than mom or dad. While you don’t want to encourage secretiveness, try to make sure that your child has other caring, responsible adults in his or her life to talk to.

Tip of the Day April 23

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Communication is as much about how we listen as what we say. Listening non-judgmentally to our children as they mature and have more complicated things to say to us can be difficult. But, the better we listen, the more likely our children will be to open up.

Tip of the Day April 22

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When sass and backtalk enter your child’s repertoire (and they will!) calmly but firmly let him know, “In our family we don’t talk to each other that way.” Then be sure to follow that rule yourself!

Tip of the Day April 21

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Find a natural place for regular, pressure-free check-ins with your child. Some families find that conversation flows smoothly while traveling in the car. Others find it easy to chat while on a walk or a run, while washing dishes, or even during commercial breaks.

Tip of the Day April 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 4 hours 24 min ago

Model good communication with your child by having “conversations” with her even before she can speak: talk, ask questions, pause where you would naturally. As she gets older and joins in, remember to make eye contact, listen, and ask questions. Sit down to “chat” every day.

Tip of the Day April 17

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Focus on what you’re doing right. As parents it’s easy to dwell on our foibles and failings. Few have achieved a 4.0 grade point average in parenting – let perfection go and aim for B’s.

Tip of the Day April 16

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Not all guilt is equal. Guilt can undermine confidence, but there’s a difference between useful guilt and false guilt. Useful guilt is our conscience telling us that something important is genuinely out of whack – like when screen time has taken over face-to-face time in the family.

Tip of the Day April 15

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You’re wiser today than you were yesterday. We all make mistakes along the way, but that’s what makes parenting an art form. Children grow up, we figure things out, and we move on.

Tip of the Day April 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - 4 hours 24 min ago

Your kids want you to be confident. As adults, we don’t want to work for bosses who don’t seem to know what they’re doing. The same goes for kids. Confident parents make kids feel secure. Sometimes you just have to fake it ‘til you make it, but that’s OK.

‘Don’t Say, ‘I Promise.” A Foster Child Joins a Family.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - 6 hours 13 min ago
He is both the child whom we’ve been waiting for and the child for whom we could never fully prepare.

Want to Talk With Your Children About Bruce Jenner? Consider Letting Them Talk to You.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-04-27 12:54
Our children may be less surprised or disturbed by Bruce Jenner than we are.

Tip of the Day April 13

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-04-27 08:32

You are the expert – for your child. In your role as a parent you’ve spent a lot of hours watching, listening, experimenting and readjusting. Consider the information and advice you are getting from other trusted sources, but in the end, make parenting decisions based on your own experience and intuition.

Getting In to College Doesn’t Mean Students Are Ready to Go

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-04-27 07:25
Sending a student to college who isn't ready to go is expensive in more ways than one.

How Patrina Felts, Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent and ‘Pageant Mom’ Does It

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sat, 2015-04-25 21:54
A motorcycle-loving mother takes 3 boys, aged 8,10 and 14, to their 3-year-old sister's beauty pageant.

Unconditional Love: The Easiest, and the Hardest Part

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-04-24 15:39
Unconditional love isn't in what we feel or say, it's in what we do, and what our children hear.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-04-24 10:37
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.

Schedule Wonder

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-04-24 09:45
I'm highly dependent on our wall calendar. So when I saw my 10-year-old erasing it, I panicked.

Tip of the Day April 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-04-24 08:32

Support academic success at home. Sit with your kids while they’re doing homework. Support critical thinking by asking your child questions. Encourage reading for pleasure.

How Kelly Darr, Lyft Driver and Special Needs Parent, Does It

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-04-23 10:25
Kelly Darr is a Lyft driver and the single mother of 2 teenagers, one with autism and diabetes.
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