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Hindsight, Hospitals and Why We Got the Flu Vaccine This Year

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-15 13:46
I spent three days with my 3-year-old in the hospital last winter, regretting all the justifications I'd given myself for turning down the flu vaccine at the pediatrician's office.

Saying it Loudly: I Had a Miscarriage

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-15 09:34
Why do we rarely talk about pregnancy loss, though the statistics are staggering? Sharing our stories may be the best way to help other families with their grief.

Tip of the Day October 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:34

Display your kids’ artwork in your home.

Even the Tooth Fairy Has Regrets

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-14 15:42
Fall is rushing toward winter, and maybe there just isn't enough fall fun to be had to make up for it.

My Son, the Live Peanut Allergy Science Experiment

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-14 15:36
Our son is allergic to peanuts, and medically supervised experimentation—a byproduct of desperation, and fear—is the best we have to offer him.

Driving Halfway Across the Country to Have a Baby

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-14 10:12
It's a lot of work to pack up your 4- and 2-year old sons and drive home to the Midwest to have a baby, but there are benefits. I'll be surrounded by friends and family, and have room to breathe.

Tip of the Day October 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-14 08:30

Too often when we’re upset, we focus all of our energy on what we want to say, what we want to teach. Take time to listen to your child.

Wanted: Books for Middle Schoolers Who Aren’t Yet ‘Teens’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-13 13:48
“People suddenly assume my seventh grader has become a self-obsessed jerk, lost in her iPhone and touching up her lip gloss. Nothing could be further from the truth. She wants great books, but not necessarily teen books,” and it’s hard to fit the bill.

The ‘Save the Princess’ Message Hurts Boys, Too

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-13 10:08
Do all princes just sort of wander around, hoping for a dragon to slay and a damsel in distress to kiss? What if they are not the rescuing type? What if they are scared of the dragon?

Tip of the Day October 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-13 08:35

Whenever you talk with other parents, be sure to tell them what you like about their kids.

Tip of the Day October 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-12 08:34

Set aside some informal time each day for your family to talk with no distractions, such as a family dinner.

My Toddler, Bartleby

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-12 07:41
The “terrible twos” are merely the beginning of a futile attempt to tame the Bartleby in each of us.

Tip of the Day October 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-10-11 08:32

Create traditions with your kids and keep them.

Celebrate It. Rant About It. Either Way, Dinner Must Be Served.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-10 17:25
Someone has to figure out some way for the family to eat. Here's what our dinners will look like next week.

Unwrapping the Comfort of Sameness With Spanish Immersion Elementary School

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-10 12:29
As a missionary's kid, I grew up in speaking a language not my own and playing with children not like me. To find the same experience for my daughter, I had to make her the outsider.

Ta-dah! We Built You a Hut

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-10 09:50
Every year, while others are mapping out their jack-o'-lantern carvings or dusting off boxes of Christmas decorations in the attic, we are building a hut for Sukkot.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-10 09:15
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.

Strategies for Setting Expectations: Insights from and for Parents

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

By: Dr. Gene Roehlkepartain

Setting expectations for our kids is an ongoing challenge for parents. On the one hand, it’s easy to communicate what we expect. Yet that doesn't necessarily go far enough.

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How Do I Know What’s Bullying and What’s Normal Conflict?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-10 07:06
When my daughter first started school, she raced off to school happily each morning. Until, suddenly, she didn't.

The College Essay Consultant’s Son Has No Shoes

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-09 13:44
It’s much easier to brush off your mother than a stranger who is paid to give advice about your college application essays.
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