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Tip of the Day November 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-12-07 08:32

Plan a simple, family service event for Thanksgiving weekend. Volunteer with your child at a nearby animal shelter, nursing home, or community center.

Church on Sunday: Because Spiritual Education Takes More Than Good Intentions

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-12-07 07:21
By the time we reach Sunday – this supposed day of rest – I’ve had it with arguing with my kids. I am tired of saying "no" and "because I said so." I’m tempted to just say, "Fine, let's skip church today." But I don't.

Tip of the Day November 26

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-12-06 08:32

Discuss with your kids the importance of traditions and why certain customs are important to pass down through the generations. The trick, however, is to balance meaningful traditions and new activities.

15-Second Vocabulary Videos

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-05 11:46
The winners of The Learning Network's Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest.

‘Mama, Let Me Do Your Scarf So You Can Look Muslim’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-05 11:33
One morning, my daughter found a scarf in my purse and declared, “Mama, let me do your scarf so you can look Muslim.” She said this in the same way you might say, “Let me do your hair so you can look beautiful.”

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-05 10:21
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.

When Talk of Racism Centers on Black and White, What Does a Brown Parent Say?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-05 09:10
In our time, for my generation, for those parents whose skin is not white, the coming-of-age conversation is not about the birds and the bees. It is a conversation about race.

Tip of the Day November 25

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-05 08:33

Get the family together and have an “I’m grateful for” brainstorming session. Try to list as many things as you can think of that you’re grateful for. Creating a list often reminds us of how much we take for granted.

Why I’m Glad We Chose the ‘Underprivileged’ Local School

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-04 15:58
Our school zone includes the best restaurants, coffee shops and brew pubs and some of the most jaw-dropping house prices in the city, and yet, for our pride in all things “local,” our little school has been neglected by the population it was meant to serve.

The Smart Nursery Offers More Information, Not More Sleep

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-04 12:32
It's easy for older parents to mock the new generation of wearable devices available to parents of infants—but the prospect of all that information must be tempting, if parents can get the gadgets to work.

I Can’t Explain

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-04 10:55
If the goal is to explain the news in a way that helps children understand the world they live in, this morning, I failed.

Playing Nicely With Others: Why Schools Teach Social Emotional Learning

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-04 10:26
Social emotional learning is what allows students control their behavior, understand how their personal behavior impacts others, and enables them to empathize and collaborate with others.

Seven Things Families Appreciate about Being Together

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-04 08:30

By: Dr. Jenna Sethi, Guest Blogger

What do you like most about being with your family? In our November webinar, Nurturing Strong Family Relationships During the Teenage Years, we asked webinar participants to tell us what they enjoy most about being together as a family.

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A Young Mother, Feeling Unwelcome on Campus

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-03 18:06
Just as breast-feeding is the best nutrition for my son, being a college-educated mom is one of the best things I can do for my son’s future. These facts go together in my mind, and in social science, yet they fail to come together on my campus.

Kids and Coding Light Up the White House Christmas Trees

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-03 12:42
The trees surrounding the National Christmas Tree at the White House will be illuminated with animated patterns using code generated on Google's Made with Code website.

Inviting African-American Mothers to Sell Their Breast Milk, and Profiting

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-03 10:22
A company with no ties to Detroit's African-American community plans to promote breast-feeding and economic empowerment among mothers by encouraging them to sell their excess breast milk.

Tip of the Day November 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-03 08:35

Try getting kids and adults to interact more this Thanksgiving. Consider creating a different seating arrangement at your holiday table. Place a child from a different family between a different adult.

Giving Tuesday: Where Would Your Children Give?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-02 14:02
We're not much for planned dinner conversations, but tonight, each of our kids will present a charity they'd like to support for Giving Tuesday, and try to persuade the rest of the family to get on board.

Looking for Charities That Inspire Kids and Families

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-02 13:48
Tell us which charities inspire your children, and your family, to give time and money to a cause.

This Holiday, Together; the Next, Apart

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-02 10:52
For someone who ascribes so much value to being present, living in constant countdown mode while waiting for my husband's returns feels ironic at best, overwhelming at worst.
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