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After a Miscarriage, Seeking Permission to Grieve

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-17 07:01
I bought the milk in the refrigerator while I was still pregnant. When I sent that text, the baby was already dead, and I didn’t know it yet.

Tip of the Day August 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-08-16 08:33

Be understanding when your child has a difficult day.

When Sports and Family Time Conflict, Speak Up

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-15 20:15
Try saying this out loud: “Family and academics are more important than sports, until sports conflict, then sports win.”

How Does a 2-Year-Old Wear Glasses? (Not) Very Carefully.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-15 11:00
I wasn’t happy when the pediatric ophthalmologist ordered up glasses for my toddler. But it wasn’t supposed to be about me.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-15 09:55
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 August 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-15 08:34

Make a big deal about going back to school. When kids see how much you value education, they’re more likely to get excited about it.

Harry Potter Casts a Spell for Tolerance

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-14 13:05
Students who read and discussed a scene from Harry Potter in which the cruel Draco Malfoy calls Hermione a “filthy little Mudblood,” and her friends react with outrage reported more positive feelings about immigrants.

Rent a Toy, Learn a Lesson

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-14 09:11
What would children learn if we made them give away some of their favorite toys after a month? Maybe that ownership and appreciation aren't linked.

Tip of the Day August 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-14 08:33

Include children in discussions of family priorities that reflect values (such as how to spend time or how to stand up for beliefs).

Rainy Day Video Game Rules: Is iPad Monopoly ‘Screen Time?’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-13 13:31
There are only two children at home on this rainy day, and only one child wants to play Monopoly — which brought up a new question. Is playing Monopoly against the iPad really a "video game"?

Tip of the Day August 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-13 08:33

Indulge in a fun activity before your kids go back to school. Some families go to a zoo, amusement park, or water park as a way to signal that “last hurrah” of summer.

Baby Pictures at the O.B.’s Office? No More.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-12 12:02
Because of privacy and legal concerns, there will be no more "baby walls" of patient and family photos in doctors offices.

Helping Children Find Friends in a New Town (That Aren’t Your Friends, Too)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-12 09:53
My children say they've made plenty of friends in our new town. Trouble is, they're all my co-workers. And as awesome as their grown-up friends are, children need kid friends, too.

Weekly Quandary: Is It Impolite to Give a Child a Command?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-12 08:56
How do you make the difference between a question and a directive clear for the children in your house?

Tip of the Day August 2

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

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Attend the community event with your family to get to know your neighbors. Learn more about NNO >>

Tip of the Day August 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:32

Encourage your children to express their feelings, but help them with guidelines on appropriate and inappropriate ways to act on their feelings.

Tip of the Day July 31

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

Teach your kids that mistakes are part of life. Everyone goofs up, and everyone can learn from their mistakes.

If My Son Loves Football, Can He Still Love Me?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-10 08:16
My husband and I consider our family progressive. We're all for boys in pink playing with dolls. But progressive really means letting your children choose what to love, and my son loves football.

Tip of the Day July 30

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-08-09 08:31

Childproof all places where kids play and hang out. Keep them safe.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-08 12:39
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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