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Tip of the Day January 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-20 08:34

Angry? Frustrated with your child? Try lowering your voice – speak quietly and slowly and in a quiet place. Lowering your temperature will help lower theirs.

Do I Need Screen Time Rules for Other People’s Children, Too?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-19 14:31
It’s my house and my rules, but I’m uncomfortable snatching away a prized possession a child brings over. I'm also uncomfortable with the recent sleepover in which every child spent the night buried in her own screen.

Charities That Inspire Kids: Kiva

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:30
Diana Williams, a teacher from Surrey, British Columbia, describes the value of making microloans from the classroom.

Tip of the Day January 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-19 08:33

Without pushing or pressuring them, help your kids master something they find challenging. Encourage them and praise them for their effort.

‘That’s My Sister!’ Taking a Twin’s Gender Fluidity in Stride

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-01-18 07:13
One of my twins was born a boy but, for the moment at least, identifies a girl; wearing dresses, using the girls' restroom, crying if referred to as "he." Only one person has handled all of this with ease: her twin sister.

Tip of the Day January 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-01-17 08:31

Limit tech time. Look for ways to get your kids involved in activities that are physical, creative and interactive.

Tip of the Day January 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-16 08:31

Listen. Don’t judge! If your child feels comfortable coming to you with problems, you can help her solve problems and make decisions that she may not be mature enough to make on her own.

That’s Your Child’s Homework Project, Not Yours

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-16 07:15
“I wanted to tell you how much I loved seeing something actually made by children,” our librarian said of my sons' entry into the Peeps diorama project, which looked more like a train wreck than Mem Fox's "Where Is the Green Sheep?"

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-16 07:05
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.

When Did ‘Teaching Independence’ Become ‘Possible Neglect’?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-15 16:41
Parents in Maryland are being investigated for allowing their children to walk home from a park unsupervised. When did we abandon this idea that our children should learn to move about in the world without our hovering presence, and what have we lost?

Skipping School for Vacation: Good for Families, or Bad for Students?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-15 09:54
I’m a parent. I have taken my children out of school for family events and other trips. I am also an educator, and I have seen the havoc these absences can wreak on students and their teachers.

Tip of the Day January 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:31

Capture in words and photos the moments of your life with your child. Record them, keep them, and share them at the end of the year.

Cooking From the Freezer and Pantry: Miscellaneous Pork and Chicken Posole

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-14 13:48
"Cooking the pantry dry" requires a lot of improvisation, and not a lot of recipes.

Why One ‘Cookie Mom’ Still Loves the Girl Scouts

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-14 11:59
I should be dreading the upcoming cookie season, my fifth as cookie mom. Instead, I feel like shouting, “Bring on the Do-Si-Dos!”

Students Eat More Healthy Foods When Recess Is Held Before Lunch

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:51
In studies, giving students recess immediately before lunch rather than immediately after was correlated with a decrease in food waste and an increase in the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten at lunch. But many schools still resist the change.

Tip of the Day January 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-14 08:31

Try new activities to help your child step outside of his or her comfort zone. For example: Conquer a fear of heights with indoor rock climbing.

New Report Urges Less Intervention in Births

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-13 10:51
"If overtreatment is defined as instances in which an individual may have fared as well or better with less or perhaps no intervention," says a new report, "then modern obstetric care has landed in a deep quagmire."

Suburban Poverty, Hidden on Tree-Lined Streets

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-13 09:23
Maybe, back when we had so much more of it, I left enough money in a coat pocket to buy the gallon of milk I can't afford now.

Tip of the Day January 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-13 08:30

Empower your child! Listen to his or her ideas and provide appropriate opportunities for your child to participate in decision-making.

Quandary: When Cousins Aren’t Friends

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-12 17:13
How do you help a child navigate continuing, but always fluctuating, family relationships — or should you just resolutely stay out of the way?
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