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E-Cigarettes May Serve as Gateway to Smoking for Teens, Study Suggests

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-15 10:19
A study published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics seems to add to the evidence that e-cigarettes are doing more to promote nicotine use than to help people quit.

Tip of the Day December 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-15 08:33

Prepare for the holidays with the activities you and your family enjoy the most. Some families love going to a holiday concert. Others enjoy making holiday goodies. Others enjoy making gifts to give.

Tip of the Day December 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-12-14 08:32

Congratulate your children when they resolve a conflict on their own.

There’s So Much to Say About Her Aunt’s Suicide, I Can’t Even Begin.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-12-14 07:10
It’s been more than four months since my sister took her own life, and I still haven’t spoken with my 12-year-old daughter about it.

Tip of the Day December 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-12-13 08:30

Create a holiday budget. List everyone for whom you plan to buy a gift. Set a budget for each person and then follow that budget.

The Unmonitored Baby Is Not Worth Having

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-12 09:15
Reams of data, straight to your smartphone. Imagine being certain your baby needs a diaper change, and determining with 97 percent accuracy if your baby is crying!

Tip of the Day December 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:32

Maintain a positive attitude about education. Don’t reinforce negative attitudes about the value of education by asking questions such as, “Won’t you be glad when it’s winter break?”

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-12 08:01
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.

Racial Bias in Discipline: What If Your Child’s School Is Harder on Some Kids Than Others?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-11 17:16
Black parents may want to believe that society has moved on from racial bias, but that belief can undermine their ability to advocate for their children.

Finding an Overnight Camp That’s Truly Worth It

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-11 11:33
It's camp application season. You’ll want to ask baseline questions about food, safety, staff training and facilities, but what you really want to know is this: Is this a camp that changes lives?

A Photo of a Stillborn Baby, Proof of Life, and Grief and Memory

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-11 08:38
When my brother, a writer, put a stillbirth into his last novel, the scene was a gift to me, a way of making public what had been my too-private loss.

Tip of the Day December 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-11 08:35

Let your children know that you will always be there for them, and work on building strong relationships that are characterized by warmth, boundaries, and respect.

Parents in Europe, Talking to Kids About Sex

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-10 15:50
When parents in European countries have the birds-and-the-bees talk with children and teenagers, it's with less judgment and more trust.

‘Invest in Us,’ and Our Parents, Too

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-10 14:00
Helping low-income children is more politically appealing than helping their parents. But children rarely succeed unless their families have a chance too.

Tip of the Day November 30

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-10 08:31

Be honest about your family’s difficulties. No family is perfect, and every family has its stressors and weaknesses. Talk about these and work through them together.

Colleges, Recruiting Even the Imaginary Students

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-09 12:35
I wasn't surprised by the flood of mail my daughter received from colleges her junior year of high school. The amount of mail her nonexistent brother, "William," received did come as something of a shock.

Tip of the Day November 29

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-09 08:31

Always be clear and consistent about the consequences your kids will face for varying infractions, including lying about bad behavior. Then make sure that you always follow through on those consequences.

Counting the Days: ‘It’s Too Many Whales, Daddy’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-09 08:28
To count down the days of her father's deployment, my daughter and I made a calendar adorned with a whale for each day he'd be gone. She was delighted with her work, until she took in what it meant.

Quandary: Helping Younger Children Love to Give as Well as Get

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-08 12:49
Younger children can be more focused on the possibility of having all their Hanukkah or Christmas wishes granted than on choosing or making with others in mind.

How Witnessing Violence Affects a Child, and How to Help

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-08 09:27
Sixty percent of children in the United States are exposed to violence, crime or abuse on an annual basis, according to a Department of Justice report. When I was attacked last year, my son became one of them.
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