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Weekly Quandary: Should Siblings Spectate?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-19 12:18
Is sibling attendance at a brother or sister’s sports or other events part of being a supportive family, or “dragging them along?”

And Then The Dog Died: Things You Can’t Plan for When Planning a Move

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-19 10:53
I thought I’d planned for all the changes coming our way when my family moved to a new city. Then — silly me — I realized you can’t plan for the unexpected.

Tip of the Day August 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-19 08:31

Find a way to celebrate the first day—or first week—of school. By making it a celebration, you’re showing your kids that you value their education.

Viral Video Parents and Non-Photo Sharers Debate

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-18 10:45
Is sharing videos and pictures a violation of a child’s right to privacy, or a simple act to remain connected to friends and family?

Tip of the Day August 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-18 08:32

Accept your kids as they are.

Tip of the Day August 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-17 08:32

If you haven’t started already, begin helping your child get into a school routine. Have predictable bed times, meal times, and wake-up times.

After a Miscarriage, Seeking Permission to Grieve

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-17 07:01
I bought the milk in the refrigerator while I was still pregnant. When I sent that text, the baby was already dead, and I didn’t know it yet.

Tip of the Day August 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-08-16 08:33

Be understanding when your child has a difficult day.

When Sports and Family Time Conflict, Speak Up

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-15 20:15
Try saying this out loud: “Family and academics are more important than sports, until sports conflict, then sports win.”

How Does a 2-Year-Old Wear Glasses? (Not) Very Carefully.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-15 11:00
I wasn’t happy when the pediatric ophthalmologist ordered up glasses for my toddler. But it wasn’t supposed to be about me.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-15 09:55
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 August 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-15 08:34

Make a big deal about going back to school. When kids see how much you value education, they’re more likely to get excited about it.

Harry Potter Casts a Spell for Tolerance

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-14 13:05
Students who read and discussed a scene from Harry Potter in which the cruel Draco Malfoy calls Hermione a “filthy little Mudblood,” and her friends react with outrage reported more positive feelings about immigrants.

Rent a Toy, Learn a Lesson

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-14 09:11
What would children learn if we made them give away some of their favorite toys after a month? Maybe that ownership and appreciation aren't linked.

Tip of the Day August 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-14 08:33

Include children in discussions of family priorities that reflect values (such as how to spend time or how to stand up for beliefs).

Rainy Day Video Game Rules: Is iPad Monopoly ‘Screen Time?’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-13 13:31
There are only two children at home on this rainy day, and only one child wants to play Monopoly — which brought up a new question. Is playing Monopoly against the iPad really a "video game"?

Tip of the Day August 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-13 08:33

Indulge in a fun activity before your kids go back to school. Some families go to a zoo, amusement park, or water park as a way to signal that “last hurrah” of summer.

Baby Pictures at the O.B.’s Office? No More.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-12 12:02
Because of privacy and legal concerns, there will be no more "baby walls" of patient and family photos in doctors offices.

Helping Children Find Friends in a New Town (That Aren’t Your Friends, Too)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-12 09:53
My children say they've made plenty of friends in our new town. Trouble is, they're all my co-workers. And as awesome as their grown-up friends are, children need kid friends, too.

Weekly Quandary: Is It Impolite to Give a Child a Command?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-12 08:56
How do you make the difference between a question and a directive clear for the children in your house?
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