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One Baby, Five Nationalities

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:59
My infant son is eligible for five citizenships, and the choice of which passports to apply for turned out to be about much more than visas, paperwork and taxes.

Tip of the Day April 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-11 08:31

Consider April Fool’s Day to be a holiday to teach kids appropriate ways to pull harmless pranks, be silly, and enjoy themselves. Click here for simple tips for April Fool’s Day fun >>

Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-10 18:46
Researchers find that students’ reading comprehension was lower when they read books on electronic devices.

Why Students Are Tested, and Why Some Parents Opt Out

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-10 09:15
Schools haven't been penalizing families who opt out, whether as an objection to standardized testing or to avoid the anxiety high-stakes testing elicits in some children.

Tip of the Day March 31

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-10 08:33

Remind your kids to do their homework and to do all of it well. More tips for school success >>

Knives, Not Guns, at a School Near Pittsburgh

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-09 14:13
Who would minimize a knife attack in which a single young person was able to injure 20 others with the thought "it could have been a lot worse?" Anyone who has come to expect the verb in the headline to be "shoots," not "stabs."

Recipes for Kids: Congee

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-09 13:49
Congee is a thick Chinese soup made with rice, which sort of explodes as it cooks.

Parents Should Coach Academics as Seriously as They Do Sports

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-09 09:08
Train little Seymour for the 2028 Olympics, and people might laugh. But prepare Sofia for the 2028 International Math Olympiad, and they'd think you were crazy.

Tip of the Day March 30

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-09 08:32

Find ways to help your kids connect with your extended family: grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and others. Tips for getting relatives involved >>

Family Disaster Preparedness

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:11
Any family who has weathered a severe storm knows it's easier if you're prepared. But I admit it—we're not. No stockpile of water, no emergency plan. Are you?

Measuring Motherhood, One Preschool Application at a Time

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-04-08 10:19
I felt proud of the way I'd navigated through the Manhattan preschool maze we'd chosen — until my friend Jamie one-upped me, as I thought she had a hundred times before.

Tip of the Day March 29

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-04-08 08:34

Teach your kids how to make good decisions. Explain that making good decisions sometimes means changing your mind.

Judge the ‘Rebel Heart’ Sailboat Parents, or Envy Them?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-04-07 14:51
Are parents raising children in extreme circumstances, like on a sailboat crossing the Pacific Ocean, bringing children into their chosen way of life or selfishly exposing them to unnecessary risk?

Tip of the Day March 28

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-04-07 08:30

When your rules differ from others, point it out to your child and explain why you have the rules that you do.

Tip of the Day March 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-04-06 08:32

Notice when your kids are empathetic. Point out that you like this, and encourage their empathy to grow.

Jesus Lives, but Should He Live in My Front Yard?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sat, 2014-04-05 21:47
As a young adult Christian whose political views are left of center, working in higher education where intellect is the only religion, I'm constantly negotiating how much of myself to share. My daughter has no such doubts.

Teaching Text-Obsessed Teen Drivers that "It Can Wait"

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-04-05 08:31

By: Kimberly Owens, Guest Blogger

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than nine people are killed each day due to accidents caused by distracted driving, along with more than 1,000 others injured by simply not paying attention to the road.

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Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-04 14:49
[SHARETOOLS]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.

Seeking College Application Essays About Money From This Year’s Seniors

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-04 13:19
Ron Lieber, the Your Money columnist for The New York Times, is looking for college application essays about money, work and social class from this year's high school seniors.

One Word That Should Never Follow ‘I Love You’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-04-04 12:38
Let’s be honest, when you add this word, the purpose of the statement is to communicate everything except “I love you.”
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