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Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-08 12:39
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 July 29

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

Don’t let cute behavior or your kids’ impish grins make you back down on boundaries. Be firm.

Need Kids to Follow Instructions? Don’t Ask. Tell.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-08 08:28
“Do you want to put on your shoes now?” “Should we have macaroni and cheese for dinner?” “How about you go brush your teeth?” These are not really questions.

If We Link Boys With Bedlam, What Does That Say to Our Girls?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-07 11:14
Our hosts this summer, all parents of girls, shook their heads ruefully as my sons romped. If I hear disapproval of my sons’ behavior in their comments, surely their daughters hear approval of more placid ways.

Tip of the Day July 28

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-07 08:34

Take a family vacation from chores. Declare one Saturday or Sunday “no chores and no errand day.” Then do something fun together.

Simple Solutions for Back-to-School Student Organization (Sorry, No Trapper Keeper)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-07 08:02
Once, the Trapper Keeper promised to solve your organizational woes while simultaneously elevating you to cool-kid status. Today's organizational systems should be even simpler (no gadgets required).

Tip of the Day July 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-06 08:35

Find ways to connect with other parents. Get to know them as you watch your kids’ activities.

‘Would You Like Us to Arrest Him?’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-06 07:59
After my 15-year-old was flashed on the street, my instinct was to shelter her. She had a stronger response in mind.

Tip of the Day July 26

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-05 08:32

Encourage your kids to state their views and opinions about issues. Ask questions about what they think, and be supportive of their independent thinking.

Telling the Kids: ‘We’re Moving.’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-05 08:18
Telling my children we were moving from Atlanta to Nashville was easier than I thought it would be. Getting over worrying about how the move would affect them was not.

Tip of the Day July 25

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:32

Notice when kids become jealous of other kids. Help them understand and work through their jealousy.

Weekly Quandary: Sharing — or Not Sharing — a Good Babysitter

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-04 08:14
A parent found, after effort, trial and error, a fabulous babysitter. Now everyone in the neighborhood is trying to get in on the act.

Tip of the Day July 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-03 08:30

Talk with your kids about what they’re seeing in movies and TV shows. Point out what you admire—and what you don’t. Explain why.

The Case for Bribing Kids to Memorize Poetry

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-03 08:08
I offered an hour and 15 minutes of Minecraft in exchange for memorizing a poem, and my son was in.

Seven Tips to Cultivate Love of Reading in Your Children

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-08-02 08:30

By Sarah Willis, Guest Blogger

Reading rates among children have declined over the years. Fortunately, parents can greatly influence children’s reading habits and set kids on the path to becoming lifelong lovers of books.

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Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-01 11:38
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 July 23

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:32

Have predictable times for kids to eat, sleep, play, and relax. Kids thrive with routine.

What to Expect When You Shouldn’t Expect Lunch: A Dad’s Guide to Delivery Day

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-01 08:10
Fathers are vital components of delivery day — except not vital enough that anyone cares if they get hungry or need something.

The Kids Who Don’t Beat Autism

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-31 15:43
Applied behavioral analysis therapy holds the possibility of “beating” autism. Some families will achieve an optimal outcome; they say, some children will become indistinguishable. Our son did not, but there’s a lot besides autism that distinguishes him.

And the Moral of the Story Is: Keep It Positive

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-31 10:27
Do morality tales change children's behavior? Research suggests that emphasizing the positive effects of honesty may, while tales of dire consequences fall on deaf ears.
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