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Sometimes a Cardboard Sled Is All You Need

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-03-18 11:09
Defeating the late-winter-blues with duct tape.

Tip of the Day March 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-03-18 08:34

Cook together! Although cooking can be messy, kids often have a blast when they cook something with you that they’re really excited to eat.

Tip of the Day March 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-03-17 17:32

Discover ways to have fun when your kids want you to do something over and over and over. After awhile, games can become stale to you—but still fun to your kids. Find a way to inject some fun into activities that become routine for you.

After I.V.F.: Pregnant, but Still Stuck in the Past

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-03-17 15:08
Every time I tell someone I’m pregnant, I think, “What if I have to tell them I'm not?”

A Wireless Baby and a Father, Getting Wired In

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-03-17 10:18
We took Evy off of her apnea monitor this week, and out in public for the first time.

Tip of the Day March 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-03-16 17:32

Focus on your overall parenting goal: raising successful, competent kids. You cannot do this if you’re never setting limits.

Beauty Tips for Girls, From Lego

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-03-16 11:26
The new "Lego Club Magazine" features a page of "Beauty Tips" for its 5-12 year old audience.

Tip of the Day March 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2015-03-15 17:32

Encourage your kids to try different forms of physical activity. Exercise isn’t fun if it’s boring—or if it becomes a chore. Keep trying different types of exercise until your child finds something that interests her.

‘I Miss My Daddy. Divorce Stinks.’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-03-15 07:09
My ex-husband and I are over, and that’s as it should be. But there’s one person who’s not buying that this divorce is “for the best”: our daughter.

Tip of the Day March 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-03-14 17:32

Recognize that kids will act out when they’re stressed or you’re stressed. Take time to calm down and strategize about what you really want from your kids (such as helping them grow up well) rather than what you immediately want from them (such as becoming quiet).

Tip of the Day March 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-03-13 17:31

Balance the amount of times you say yes and the times you say no to your child. You don’t want to refuse everything your child asks for, but you also don’t want to give in every time. Work on making your yeses more about creative ways to assert your values and boundaries in a positive way.

Got College Admissions Frenzy? Read ‘Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-03-13 08:57
Who our children are when they go to college matters a whole lot more than the name on the sweatshirt.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-03-13 08:06
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 March 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-03-12 17:33

Make your home a fun place. Some families put up a basketball hoop. Others create an area for teens to hang or play video games. Some have scrapbooking supplies or other crafts for kids. Others stock the fridge.

A Stay-at-Home Parent Is Not a ‘Luxury’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-03-12 08:40
Why am I a luxury while the things we’ve chosen to do without are “necessities” that demand a second income?

Tip of the Day March 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-03-11 17:32

Be sensitive to what embarrasses your child. Young teens in particular can be extremely self-conscious. Connect with them in playful ways but notice when your child’s mood starts to change.

Turning Chores Into Habits

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-03-11 13:05
One reason our chore systems always descend into chaos is that it's never clear what our children need to do, or when.

In Switzerland, Parents Observe. In the U.S., Hovering Is Required.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-03-11 08:11
Thanks to hovering American parent culture, the La Grange Library food fight wasn't just between a 3-year-old and an 18-month-old. It was also between their mothers.

Tip of the Day February 28

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-03-10 17:35

Don’t ask children if they’ve told the truth; this can corner them into telling another lie. Instead, say something like, “It can be hard to tell the truth sometimes. It’s okay for you to make a mistake, but it isn’t okay for you to lie about what happened.”

Deployment Is Confusing for Children, Which Makes Children Hard on Parents

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-03-10 14:58
He wouldn’t go to bed. He just wouldn’t go to bed. Finally, I asked him why. His answer caught me by surprise. “I miss my daddy!”
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