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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.”

Tip of the Day March 26

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

When your kids get mad, help them to calm down. Then encourage them to say what made them mad and find solutions that work for them.

The Case Against Savings Accounts (but Not Savings)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-03 13:30
Is a savings account a teaching tool, or a "black hole that swallows birthday checks"?

I Refuse to Be Busy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-03 12:08
Most of the time, being "busy" is a choice, and it's a choice I refuse to make.

Research on Children and Math: Underestimated and Unchallenged

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-03 09:30
New research suggests that kindergarteners are capable of learning more advanced math concepts than are offered in most classrooms.

Tip of the Day March 25

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-04-03 08:33

Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Have each family member use a napkin ring that’s unique so you can use the napkins a few times between washings. More green family tips >>

Facing the Skepticism in Adoption, in Qatar and in the U.S.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-02 20:50
In Qatar, skepticism of adoption is such that, after an adopted girl died, her parents were accused of being intent on selling her organs. In the United States, doubts are less grisly but still apparent.

9 Novels Both Girls and Boys Can Love

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-02 13:55
Tired of "boy books" and "girl books?" Nine books (or series) that both the boys and girls in my family have enjoyed.

Recipes for Kids: Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-02 11:44
It’s a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich, with tortillas instead of bread.

Feeding Teenagers: The Days of Control Are Gone

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-02 09:10
I went from getting toddlers to sit still for a 15-minute dinner to texting teenagers to make sure they joined us at the table, and from encouraging them to try new foods to taming their newfound food freedom.

Tip of the Day March 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-04-02 08:32

Get to know the parents of your kids’ friends. Find out what you have in common.

Federal Funding for Maternal and Infant Visits Extended — Briefly

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-04-01 12:35
The Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs enjoy bipartisan support. Locally run programs successfully reduce infant mortality and increase longer term family success. So Congress has extended the funding for the federal-state partnership -- for six months.

If Ivy League Is the Endgame, I’m Not Sure I Want to Play

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-04-01 10:21
"Exmissions" is the opposite of "admissions," and the other parents working to get their offspring into preschool in Manhattan all seemed to have the kind of clear long-term plans that make a school's "top tier hit rate" matter. I wasn't even sure which preschool I liked best, let alone where I hoped Zee would go next.

Tip of the Day March 23

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-04-01 08:32

Find youth activities that get your kids excited. Why balanced kids are happy kids >>

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