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You Can Freeze Your Eggs. You Can’t Freeze Time.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-24 12:15
Apple and Facebook have started a useful conversation with the novel perk of enabling employees to freeze their eggs. But I have a message for women considering this option: it may not work.

Tip of the Day November 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-24 08:30

Teach your children how to care for special things—such as toys, books, or plants—by themselves.

Tip of the Day November 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-24 08:30

Emphasize participation in sports and activities more than competition.

Tip of the Day November 13

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-11-23 08:32

Be honest when you lose your temper. All parents do sometimes. It’s good for kids to see that adults aren’t always perfect.

Our Marriage Ended. Our Family Did Not.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-11-23 07:49
Of course we tried staying together for the sake of our son. Until one night, during one of our fine-tuned feuds, our shouting woke up the baby.

Tip of the Day November 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-11-22 08:34

Know that teaching a child to resolve conflicts peacefully takes a long time. Kids need to practice, and they need to practice often. Keep reminding them what to do when they’re upset and want to fight.

Soaking Cranberries, and Heading Into Thanksgiving Week

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:30
Isn't the rule that no one has to cook anything over Thanksgiving week that isn't for Thanksgiving?

Why This Troop Leader Quit the Girl Scouts

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-21 10:49
As a former Girl Scout Troop Leader, I have a theory about why membership is dropping. It's not the badges. It's not the cookies. It's the endless, endless forms.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-21 10:13
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 November 11

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-21 08:35

Actively honor Veteran’s Day with your family by attending a parade, making cards for veterans, or hanging the flag. Discuss why you recognize the holiday with your kids.

H Is for Helicopter, G Is For Guilt — What’s Your Modern Parent Letter?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:47
If Q is for Quinoa, E is for Equipped (for Everything) and M is for Meltdown, what's your nominee for the modern parent's alphabet?

‘Why Is This Happening in Your Life?’ Parents in the Child Welfare System Need to Be Heard

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-20 11:32
The news tends to dwell on the tragedies, but most children who enter foster care go home to parents—like me—who repair their families and refuse to give up hope.

Conversation Starters for Beyond the Thanksgiving Table

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-20 09:41
Talking about gratitude and giving around the Thanksgiving table is a great time to start a new family tradition: jump starting better conversations every night.

Tip of the Day November 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-20 08:32

Look for fun moments! Many experts emphasize finding “teachable moments,” but don’t overlook the fun ones in the process.

It’s a Boy, and It’s Okay to Be Disappointed

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:17
When the ultrasound technician found that white blob between the legs of my baby on the computer screen, I cried.

Three Girls? ‘I Feel Sorry for Their Father’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:17
Almost everywhere we go— a hike on a mountain trail, a restaurant, an art museum-- unsolicited comments about the same sex of my children follow.

Pregnant With a Boy? Even in 2014, Some Call That ‘Lucky’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:16
I was pregnant: I didn’t want to engage people in a discussion on gender. I wanted to take a nap. Still, I was alarmed to hear repeatedly that it was somehow preferable to have a boy instead of a girl.

Tip of the Day November 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-19 08:34

Talk about how bad things happen to people. Every person, at some point in life, will struggle with a difficult situation. What matters is how you react and work through the difficulty.

‘He’s Gone.’ A Daddy, Deployed

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-18 10:40
In this moment, just after their father has been deployed, I can't safeguard their hearts; I am unable to spare these tears. It's a powerless feeling, before the sun is up.

Tip of the Day November 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-18 08:32

Be clear about what’s really funny and what’s not. As kids develop a sense of humor, they’ll push the boundaries. Be clear about what’s inappropriate and why.

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