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Recipes for Kids: Bananas, Cold and Custardy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-16 09:16
Whip up plain frozen bananas and end up with a creamy, dreamy dessert.

Tip of the Day April 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-16 08:33

Talk about how you decide when to spend money and why. Teach your kids how to budget. More tips for teaching kids money management >>

The Decision: One Child, One School

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-04-15 09:00
Parents are notoriously anxious yet clueless with their first child. With the preschool decision, I felt additional pressure because after a recent ectopic pregnancy, it looks as if Zee will be our only child.

Tip of the Day April 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-04-15 08:32

Tell other parents when you see their child doing something responsible or generous. Try to find opportunities to say positive things more often than you report misbehavior.

When Not to Speak Your Second Language to Your Children

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-04-14 11:00
As I fed, changed and rocked our daughter, I practiced my Tagalog phrases—until I sat in on a conference session on early language development, and found out that that's exactly what I shouldn't do.

Tip of the Day April 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-04-14 08:34

Make your home a safe haven where young people can—and want to—hang out. More tips on how to be involved in your child’s peer relationships without being controlling >>

I Have No Idea How Many Calories Are in My Grandmother’s Gefilte Fish

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-04-13 09:00
For my daughters, food isn't a troublesome source of calories demanding its weight in exercise. It's holidays, it's funny stories, it's seasons. It's my grandmother's gefilte fish, and all of us cooking it together.

Tip of the Day April 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-04-13 08:34

When life gets hard, be honest about it with your kids. The way you react to hardship teaches them a lot.

Tip of the Day April 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-04-12 08:30

Notice when your kids pull away from you. Find out why without invading their privacy.

The Sixth Stage of Grief: Buying a Puppy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-11 15:45
My adorable son has grown tall, lean and hairy. This explains, in part, the decision to add something unambiguously cute to our life. But Phoebe distracts us from more than just that.

Pay the Babysitter Over $1,900 This Year? You Owe It to Her to Put Her On the Books

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-11 14:37
Think paying taxes on the babysitter is a "one-percenter" problem? Think again, because if we parents don't pay taxes on our babysitters, it isn't just our problem.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:59
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.

One Baby, Five Nationalities

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:59
My infant son is eligible for five citizenships, and the choice of which passports to apply for turned out to be about much more than visas, paperwork and taxes.

Tip of the Day April 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:31

Consider April Fool’s Day to be a holiday to teach kids appropriate ways to pull harmless pranks, be silly, and enjoy themselves. Click here for simple tips for April Fool’s Day fun >>

Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-10 18:46
Researchers find that students’ reading comprehension was lower when they read books on electronic devices.

Why Students Are Tested, and Why Some Parents Opt Out

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-10 09:15
Schools haven't been penalizing families who opt out, whether as an objection to standardized testing or to avoid the anxiety high-stakes testing elicits in some children.

Tip of the Day March 31

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-10 08:33

Remind your kids to do their homework and to do all of it well. More tips for school success >>

Knives, Not Guns, at a School Near Pittsburgh

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-09 14:13
Who would minimize a knife attack in which a single young person was able to injure 20 others with the thought "it could have been a lot worse?" Anyone who has come to expect the verb in the headline to be "shoots," not "stabs."

Recipes for Kids: Congee

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-09 13:49
Congee is a thick Chinese soup made with rice, which sort of explodes as it cooks.

Parents Should Coach Academics as Seriously as They Do Sports

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-09 09:08
Train little Seymour for the 2028 Olympics, and people might laugh. But prepare Sofia for the 2028 International Math Olympiad, and they'd think you were crazy.
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