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Teaching Students How to Talk Less, and Think More

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-12 09:14
Parents often worry that a teacher calls on some students more than others, or that quieter children are overlooked in the classroom.

Tip of the Day February 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-12 08:27

With your partner, present a united front to your kids. Even if you disagree privately, work out your differences so that your kids aren’t aware of them. Watch for your kids trying to get something from one parent without the knowledge of the other.

Babies Who Eat to Live, Instead of the Other Way Around

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-11 10:51
Obsessing over a baby who is eating enough for her, but not enough to put her on the weight chart.

Tip of the Day February 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-11 08:28

Encourage your children to pursue their passions, as long as they balance them with school and family time. Performing arts, sports, and other activities can be great, but they can start to take over their lives if their involvement becomes too intense.

Tip of the Day February 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-11 08:28

Think of touch as another way to communicate with your child. Whenever you pat your child on the shoulder, snuggle up to read with him, or hug him, you’re telling your child that you love him.

The Community College/‘Real College’ Divide

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-11 07:36
You know what saddened me when I worked at the community college? Meeting students who sounded apologetic for being there. They had heard the message that community college was not real college, and they listened.

The Military Marriage Trapeze Act

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-10 17:22
Stopping at a highway rest stop, my 4-year-old spotted a group of uniformed Marines paying for snacks. "Mommy!” she exclaimed, “look at ALL those daddies!” We're never really alone.

Shelf, iPad, Bed Table: Reading, January 2015

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-10 14:35
What I bought, what I read, what I thought I'd read and what I put down and never picked back up this January.

Even a ‘Good Baby’ Is Exhausting

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-10 08:54
She's just a baby, albeit a premature baby, doing exactly what a baby her age should do. But that hasn't stopped us from losing sleep over her.

Tip of the Day January 31

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-10 08:28

Family meetings can be great – or horrible! Learning to work together is worth it, though. Try different formats, trade off leading them, and see if they can improve your family’s workflow and communication.

It’s Monday. Why Does It Always Have to Be a Snow Day?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-09 10:29
Monday is my day off. My "me" day. Just me, and my work, alone, in the house. Unless it's a snow day — and this year, Monday always seems to be a snow day.

Tip of the Day January 30

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-09 08:28

2 tips for raising successful kids: —> 1. Establish clear boundaries. 2. Enforce consequences for not abiding by them.

Tip of the Day January 29

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-08 08:33

Develop a network of friends who are willing to step in and “co-parent” on occasion (babysit, pick up a kid from school, grab an item at the store, etc.). It takes a village!

Childhood Heroes: Once Self-Made, Now to the Manner Born

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-08 07:08
Once, the very act of surviving hardship shaped a hero. Now, the powerful, from "Frozen's" Elsa to "The Incredibles," are to the manor born. That's a striking cultural shift.

Tip of the Day January 28

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-02-07 08:33

Try to be ready to listen whenever kids are ready to talk. When they are ready to share an important thought, a tough experience or a difficult question, make yourself available.

Should Children Be Forced to Perform?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-06 10:55
Children need to learn how to read, but do they really need to learn to sing Do-Re-Mi in front of two hundred people with flashing cameras?

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-06 09:09
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 January 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:33

Support your child’s interests and seek out opportunities for them to develop their talents. As they grow older, it may help them make important decisions and life choices.

Shared Custody: So Even on Paper, So Hard on the First Night

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-05 13:56
If there was a mothering switch, I hadn’t yet found the dimmer.

Tip of the Day January 26

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-05 08:32

Make a point to spend 1 on 1 time with your children throughout the week. Consider a “date night” with each child individually on a regular basis.

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