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Tip of the Day October 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-27 08:34

Present your kids with a variety of options for activities and help them think about which ones best fit their interests.

‘Don’t Expect Dinner.’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-26 13:03
On Monday of my third week back at work after our son was born, I came home and found my husband sipping a beer with a frown, a sauce-stained dish in front of him, and no dinner for me.

Tip of the Day October 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-26 08:33

Start a conversation with your family about communication. Do you all speak positively to each other? Do you trust each other and talk openly? What can you do to improve communication?

Tip of the Day October 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-10-25 08:35

When you and your child disagree, do or say something to show that you still care.

Turn Your Princess-Obsessed Toddler Into a Feminist in Eight Easy Steps

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-24 12:52
Imposing a Women's Studies Curriculum on your Disney Princess. Someday she'll thank you!

Eating Chinese Takeout and Dreaming of Brisket

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-24 10:16
Last week, dinner did not go as planned. But having the plan still helped.

Preparing a Child to Own a Mobile Phone — But Not Always Use It

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:27
Having a phone can create a compulsion to do something when doing nothing is so often the better choice.

Tip of the Day October 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:30

Check in with your partner (and yourself!) periodically to assess whether you are balancing your work and family time the way you want to. List your priorities to help you be realistic about the things you value most.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:19
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.

Looking at Soccer’s Concussion Risk, and Asking It to Change

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-23 15:35
Talking to kids about personal safety is like talking about retirement planning. We can't expect them not to play the game to win—so if heading the ball puts kids in danger, then soccer has to change the rules.

Preparing to Lose My Mind After Giving Birth

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:14
Putting a plan in place does not guarantee that you will have a postpartum mood disorder, or that you won’t. It does guarantee you will know how to get help if you need it.

For Trick or Treaters, Skip the Candy and Give Cash

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-23 08:46
A few houses hand out cash directly to kids. More often, families and dentists buy back the candy for cash. Some parents even haggle for the best stuff.

Tip of the Day October 13

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-23 08:32

Help your children practice coping skills when difficult situations arise.

Pregnant, With ‘No Plans to Have Another Baby’ and No Ready Options

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-22 14:33
"I am a long time poster, but am here now under a different identity as it is much easier to ask for OB/GYN recommendations for having babies rather than terminating a pregnancy."

Diwali, Once Hidden, Now Lit Large

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-22 12:20
When my family and I immigrated in 1977, to be an Indian-American meant replacing curry with bologna and saris with sweaters, and celebrating Diwali invisibly. My daughter's life is very different.

Where Are the American Boy Dolls?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-22 09:58
At the American Girl store, my 8-year-old son was enraptured by the historical dolls. Surely, there were boys in those times, boys who would have saved the day by using their wits or shown great courage in hard times. Where were they?

Tip of the Day October 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-22 08:32

Find ways to teach your children about their cultural heritage, such as through stories or songs.

This Is Not Your Mother’s Marijuana Talk. So What Should We Say?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-21 16:05
Marijuana is legal in some states and under some circumstances, and can now be munched and drunk as well as smoked. How does that change the way we talk about it with our kids?

The ‘Breaking Bad’ Action Figure Outrage-O-Rama

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-21 12:34
“Breaking Bad” action figures probably don't belong in your 6-year-old’s toy box. But you knew that, right?

A Week of Waiting in Nebraska, for a Baby and a Change

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-21 10:29
My first appointment at the midwives' office in Omaha was awash in comfort, even so close to delivery.
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