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Tip of the Day June 29

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-09 08:31

Stop power struggles with your kids by remaining calm. Then offer choices to break log jams.

Summer Camp: The Debate

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-08 13:29
Should you send your children away to summer camp? Reasonable parents can disagree, and Bruce Feiler and I do.

The No Longer Reluctant Sperm Donor

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-08 12:53
When my friends Tori and Kelly first asked me to be their sperm donor, I was reluctant. But I quickly became fully invested in their process, and far more aware of how widespread infertility is.

Weekly Quandary: Children With a Single Focus

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-08 11:33
A parent asks: My 6-year-old gets very passionate about certain topics and tends to focus only on those topics. Should I try really hard to strike more of a balance?

Tip of the Day June 28

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

Break new tasks into small, manageable steps that children can master without becoming too frustrated.

Watching the World Cup, and Watching Children See Dishonesty Pay Off

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:14
We sports fans often think that had it not been for the other team's misbehavior, our team would have won. In soccer, that's more likely to be true—which makes soccer more difficult to watch with kids.

Tip of the Day June 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:32

Recognize the major, positive influence you have on your kids—and on the kids around you.

Tip of the Day June 26

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-07-06 08:32

Talk with your kids when they make money mistakes. (All of them do!) Discuss how to make better money choices next time.

Tip of the Day June 25

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-07-05 08:34

Soothe your kids when they get upset. Teach them how to calm themselves down in healthy ways.

Tip of the Day June 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-04 08:31

Eat a meal as a family. Encourage everyone to talk. Ask about what they’re interested in or what gets them excited.

Three Generations, One Home, One Unavoidable Future

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-03 15:18
Does sharing a home with your parents or in-laws also mean spending more time thinking about death?

If You’re Lighting Fourth of July Fireworks, Who’s Holding the Match?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-03 14:41
When fireworks are legal, it's up to parents to set limits and decide who should be lighting the fuse.

Tip of the Day June 23

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-03 08:32

Instead of thinking only about what you can teach your kids, figure out what they’re teaching you. Adults can learn from children as well.

Tip of the Day June 22

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-02 08:33

Be honest with your kids when you’re feeling sick. Find ways for them to help you, such as bringing tissues or playing quietly.

Tip of the Day June 21

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-01 08:33

Allow kids to succeed and fail. They learn from both.

The Biological Grandparent Trap

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-01 07:40
I'm thrilled that my parents are so excited about Tori and Kelly's baby, but I'm the sperm donor, and not the person raising this baby. I'm working to manage their expectations.

Monday Quandary: Nothing Left at the End of the Day

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-06-30 11:52
Parent seeking advice from other parents: by six or seven o'clock, I'm fried, but my children are needier than ever. How do you cope with the end of the day when the day's been especially tough?

I Think About Divorce a Lot, but Not Because I Want One

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-06-30 08:31
I think a lot about divorce. Not because I want one, but because I want to avoid getting one.

Tip of the Day June 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-06-30 08:30

Encourage your child to set goals in sports, clubs, or other organized activities. Ask if there is anything you can do to help meet those goals.

Tip of the Day June 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-06-29 08:34

Listen to the dreams that your kids have. Help them make their dreams come true.

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