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As Lobbyists and Politicians Shout It Out Over School Lunch, Can Parents Be Heard?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-08 08:46
Big Food lobbying dollars and heated partisan politics threaten the first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in decades. Can parents be heard above the din?

Tip of the Day September 29

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-08 08:30

Be firm and fair, taking care not to overreact when rules are broken. Keep in mind that appropriate, consistent consequences will teach your child to accept responsibility for her or his actions, while harsh punishment will most likely cause resentment.

With Black Students, Some Schools Are More Ready to Punish Than Help

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-07 15:41
My son's school seemed to see him as a bad child, not a child with needs the school could help to address.

The Surprising Value of Journaling an Ordinary Day

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-07 13:26
If you keep a journal, it's not the record of the momentous events that will bring you the most pleasure later. It's the little things.

‘Where Are You Delivering?’ Omaha.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-07 10:18
We are traveling – by car, as a family – 1,200 miles so that I can give birth in Omaha, which is where I am from. The waiting lists to be a part of midwifery practices on the East Coast and the overbooked schedules of its clinicians wore me down.

Tip of the Day September 28

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-07 08:30

Encourage your kids to forgive others. Yes, they can still stand up for themselves, but a generous spirit is a forgiving spirit.

Challenged by My Catholic School’s Choices, and Challenging It in Return

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-06 14:54
When I first heard what happened to Barb Webb, a married lesbian and teacher at my former Catholic high school who, after 9 years of teaching there, was fired after she announced her pregnancy, I was shocked—and then I wasn’t.

Picture Day Quandary: Can She Wear the Tiara?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-06 10:59
A reader asks: my 7-year-old daughter announced last week that she would be wearing a tiara for picture day. This was not ok by me, but I decided to keep silent. What would you have done?

The Issue With Sexting Isn’t the Sex. It’s the Text.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-06 09:15
"I’ll show you mine, you show yours" has been around for a long time. It’s the medium that makes it different and scary.

Tip of the Day September 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-06 08:31

Remember your goal and purpose: you want to raise a child who succeeds in life. Knowing where you’re headed often helps you deal with the day-to-day routine.

Tip of the Day September 26

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-05 08:31

Help your children find inspirational, positive role models.

Stepmother: Not Evil. Not Perfect. Not Mom.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-05 07:54
I was certain I would be the perfect stepmother, part Mary Poppins, part Maria from "The Sound of Music," as I helped to intertwine our families.

Tip of the Day September 25

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-10-04 08:33

When a disagreement occurs, work through only that problem. Don’t pull in other issues that may be bothering you.

Not a ‘PTA Mom’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-03 10:57
Before my son started school, I shared my parents' hippie view of the P.T.A. as a perfect-parent filled hassle and just another part of The Establishment trying to squelch creativity out of learning.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-03 10:22
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.

The Family Table: Slow-Cooker Tacos, Sesame Noodles and Meatloaf

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-03 10:13
What family dinner really looks like at our house: tacos, noodles, slow-cooker curry with mixed success and a meatloaf from the freezer.

Tip of the Day September 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-03 08:31

Encourage an older sibling to mentor a younger sibling in something they know how to, like reading, learning left from right, or basic math. Compliment their work together, both learning and teaching.

In Defense of Sparkle Science

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-02 16:36
It's not necessary to create an arbitrary dividing line between "serious" science and everything else. For some children, learning about the science behind sparkly things is their way in to a whole world of technology.

Dear Parent: A Student May Have Been Exposed to the Ebola Virus

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-02 11:15
In an atmosphere of uncertainty, an excess of caution can seem perfectly reasonable. So were the parents who removed their children from schools in Dallas because of the fear of Ebola wrong?

Fairy House for Sale. No Financing.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-02 10:34
“I’m interested in buying a fairy house,” I told the first branch of the phone tree at Bank of America Home Loans. In August, the company agreed to pay a $16.65 billion penalty for its role in selling bonds based on make-believe mortgages. I felt that I had gone to the right place. Read more (and watch the slide show).
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