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Learning to Set a Goal for the Long Run

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-18 14:05
In a conversation they have had countless times since his reading disability was diagnosed in elementary school, a mother and her teenage son search for ways to set goals and "do something that really distinguishes me.”

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-18 12:00
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 April 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-18 08:32

When your child is curious about something, help her or him learn more.

My Daughter, Profoundly Disabled, Needs a School for Children Like Her

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 14:25
The consensus that children with disabilities are best educated in an inclusive classroom is in danger of hardening into dogma that risks re-stigmatizing children with severe or profound disabilities.

What to Do When Your Child Wants Marijuana Stocks

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 10:00
What to do about a child who wants to buy stock in marijuana companies? Should the fact that we probably don’t want our kids consuming the stuff mean that they shouldn’t try to make money off of it either? Three things to think about when it comes to children’s investing decisions.

Tip of the Day April 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 08:32

Plan a progressive party in your neighborhood; ask each family to prepare one snack, and begin the evening at your home. As a group, move from home to home until each family has had a turn to host.

Tip of the Day April 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 08:32

Tell your kids how much you like being with them.

Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-17 07:22
People around me had accepted me and my identity as part of their lives. Me, pregnant, seemed to me likely to throw a wrench into my casual relationships.

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.
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