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There Are More Important Things Than Saving for College

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-20 10:28
There is no shame in having more kids than average. Or in working hard to support them without having money to fund individual college savings accounts, or telling them, “You are your ticket to college. Work hard.”

For Girl Scouts, Debates Over New Badges and Classic Pursuits Continue

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-20 10:15
At a convention, the Girl Scouts promised to reinvigorate the role of the outdoors in the organization, but some have questioned whether new badges mean real change.

Tip of the Day October 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:32

Allow young children to make simple choices, such as wearing black socks or red socks.

Tip of the Day October 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-19 08:31

Set aside one or two nights each week when all family members commit to not scheduling activities outside of the home.

There’s Cancer In My Future. How Am I Supposed to Feel?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-19 07:05
I know I have the BRCA 1 mutation, and I know I have a strong chance of developing ovarian or breast cancer. But I am 32 years old, and I don't know what to do with that knowledge.

Tip of the Day October 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-10-18 08:32

Avoid comparing your children with each other or with kids outside your family.

Family Dinners for a Complicated Week

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-17 14:35
This week features a lot of moving parts at our house, and dinner will not be the focus. But it still has to be planned and provided, even if not necessarily cooked.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:52
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 October 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-17 08:33

Set clear limits on your children’s technology use, and make sure that your kids know the consequences for going over the limits.

Your Child Has Lice? Spread the Word.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-17 07:04
If we want to have any chance at defeating, or better yet avoiding, lice, we’re going to have to be willing to talk about them.

It’s 3 O’Clock. You’re at Work. Where Are Your Kids?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-16 13:24
Many parents have grown so accustomed to the need to cobble together an after-school plan that we overlook the challenge those hours present to families who are already over-stretched.

Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-16 11:56
Sleep is learning, of a very specific kind. "Sleep Study Skills" can help our teenagers game the system — and get enough sleep.

The Mid-Semester Organization Regroup

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-16 09:15
An inspection of a fifth grader's backpack shows that student organization is a work in progress.

Tip of the Day October 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-16 08:32

Ask your child what her or his goals are. Help your child think of how time spent on different activities helps or hinders efforts to reach those goals.

Parent to Parent: When Play Dates Go Wrong

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-15 16:09
When I dropped my child's friend off after a visit, my fellow mother came out onto the driveway. "How'd it go?" The answer was "not well," but I didn't know how, or whether, to say it.

Hindsight, Hospitals and Why We Got the Flu Vaccine This Year

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:46
I spent three days with my 3-year-old in the hospital last winter, regretting all the justifications I'd given myself for turning down the flu vaccine at the pediatrician's office.

Saying it Loudly: I Had a Miscarriage

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:34
Why do we rarely talk about pregnancy loss, though the statistics are staggering? Sharing our stories may be the best way to help other families with their grief.

Tip of the Day October 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:34

Display your kids’ artwork in your home.

Even the Tooth Fairy Has Regrets

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-14 15:42
Fall is rushing toward winter, and maybe there just isn't enough fall fun to be had to make up for it.

My Son, the Live Peanut Allergy Science Experiment

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-14 15:36
Our son is allergic to peanuts, and medically supervised experimentation—a byproduct of desperation, and fear—is the best we have to offer him.
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