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Tip of the Day February 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-22 08:23

Your involvement in school can help your student learn and affect teacher attitudes toward your children, thus creating a more caring school climate.

He Was Ready to Be a Stepdad. Was I Ready to Let Him?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-22 07:06
The first time I let my now-husband "solo" with my 10-year-old daughter, he forgot to feed her, and I "forgot" not to yell at him in front of her. I had to learn to let them become a family.

Air Traffic Control and the Art of Parenting

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-02-21 08:24

By: Becky Post

Search Institute is currently doing a lot of work to help adolescents develop perseverance skills to reach their school and life goals. A precursor to children developing perseverance is executive function, a term that refers to the capacity to control one’s behavior and direct it toward longer-term goals.

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Eavesdropping on the Seventh Grade ‘Instagram Show’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-20 10:37
As a parent, I hate the app, and I too can’t quit it. When my daughter stops following some kid I know, it's like she has killed off a character on my soap opera.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-20 09:05
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 February 11

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-20 08:27

Talk about your hopes and dreams for your child with your partner. The more you can be in sync, the easier it will be to parent your child together.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Still Rescuing Parents

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-19 11:17
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's "cures" manage to unite reading parents and children in mocking common childhood faults.

Tip of the Day February 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-19 08:24

Model and talk about appropriate ways to express love and care. Focus on the relationship aspect of dating with your teen, such as getting to know someone and caring for each other in tender ways, such as holding hands.

An Open Egg Donor, Now Reversing the Role

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-19 07:51
I chose my son by clicking and unclicking a series of boxes, looking for a sperm donor. Fifteen years ago, the roles were reversed: I was an egg donor.

Tip of the Day February 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-18 08:26

Don’t overreact when your child lies to you. Young people will lie if they fear your reaction. If you suspect or know that your child is lying, ask, “Why do you think I might be having trouble believing you right now?” In other words, give them the opportunity to tell the truth.

A Child, Coping, with Autism and Everything Else

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-17 16:21
Every once in a while, I can help him. Mostly by getting off his back about what helps him.

​Advice for Finding Your Groove

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-17 13:59
Getting an email "obsession" under control, focusing on the task at hand, and finding time for gratitude and exercise.

​ Advice for Finding Your Groove

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-17 13:59
Getting an email "obsession" under control, focusing on the task at hand, and finding time for gratitude and exercise.

Love, Panic, Adoption and Jerk-Chicken Knishes

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-17 09:06
I hope most of the stares Evy gets are because she's adorable, but I know that many of them will be because she's a dark-skinned child with white parents.

Tip of the Day February 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-17 08:25

Take kids’ feelings seriously. You may not think it’s a big deal for a sixth grader to fall in love, but it’s a huge deal to your sixth grader. Treat it with the same seriousness as your child does.

What Children Think of the Internet (and Why It Matters)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-16 10:22
Question I haven't yet asked my 5-year-old: is the Internet a more reliable source of information than I am?

Tip of the Day February 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-16 08:26

Find out how your child likes to be touched. Some enjoy playful touch, such as pillow fights and arm wrestling. Others like hugs and cuddling. Everyone is different.

Tip of the Day February 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-15 08:30

Find creative ways to stay close when you’re away from your kids, such as sending homemade cookies or drawing pictures.

Adopted as a Child, Now a Mother, Finally ‘Lucky’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-15 07:53
Countless times, well-meaning friends, relatives, and acquaintances told me I was “lucky” to have been adopted, “lucky” even to live in America.

Tip of the Day February 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-02-14 08:28

When children don’t meet their responsibilities, use logical consequences. For example, if a child gets an allowance for cleaning her bedroom, make sure the room is clean before she gets any money.

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