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Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-04-03 10:28
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.

Proving Parental Love, on Snowshoes and Roller Coasters

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-04-03 10:12
The four-day mountain trek seemed like a winning entry in the sweepstakes called: ‘How do you get your teenager to appreciate you?

Tip of the Day March 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-04-03 08:30

Young teenagers are heavily influenced by their friends. They’ll claim that “they’ll die” if they don’t have a smart phone or some other gadget. Don’t be quick to give in—set standards for what you believe is best for your child.

The Problem With Math Problems: We’re Solving Them Wrong

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-04-02 14:55
Taking math from memorization to problem solving, and getting stuck along the way.

When the Politics of ‘Religious Freedom’ Divides Families

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-04-02 12:16
What's the debate on "religious freedom" bills really about, and will it take place at your table this weekend?

On World Autism Awareness Day, Gratitude — and a Wish List

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-04-02 11:08
If you're born with autism, where you live makes a big difference.

Tip of the Day March 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-04-02 08:34

Set a good example. Exercise with your kids. If that isn’t possible, model what you value by getting involved in some type of physical activity. Stick with it and talk about it.

‘Scrapbooking’ Our Children Into Facebook

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-04-01 16:53
How to give your baby her own Facebook page without breaking the rules.

If an Expert in Day Care Can’t Find a Good One, Can Anyone?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-04-01 12:12
Here I was, an “expert” in childcare, and yet I knowingly left my own baby in a mediocre program.

Tip of the Day March 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-04-01 08:30

Your kids may be quick to point out how your rules aren’t like other family’s rules. Be firm. Explain that your family is different. Emphasize how you want your kids to grow up well.

Quantity Time Begets Quality Time, and Parents Spend Enough of Both

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-03-31 15:55
It's time to look at our family calendars as half full, not half empty.

Not an Adoption Diary. Yet.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-03-31 09:24
The guy I was in January would not have sung a burp-related version of "Let It Go."

Tip of the Day March 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-03-31 08:32

Create a toy exchange with other parents you know. Instead of buying all kinds of toys for your kids, have each family buy different toys. Then periodically swap them out. That way your kids will feel like they’re often getting new toys—without you having to buy them.

The White House and Paid Leave: Let Flowers Bloom

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-03-30 12:07
The Department of Labor focuses on encouraging cities, states and employers to "Lead on Leave."

As Jobs Become Scarce, Teenagers Drive Farther to Find Work

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-03-30 09:42
Is a job for a teenager worth the price of a long commute?

Tip of the Day March 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-03-30 08:30

Learn the names of your neighbors when you’re outside or when your kids are playing outdoors.

The Truck That Sparked Our Marriage Back to Life

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-03-29 07:54
Phase 1 of our married life was over. We needed to figure out what came next.

My Daughter Loves the ‘Pioneer Woman,’ Who Is All That I Am Not

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-03-27 11:15
A televised cooking show about a life that's far from ours has enraptured my 8-year-old.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-03-27 09:01
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 March 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-03-27 08:30

Encourage kids to try different sports to see what interests them. Children can benefit from playing soccer or basketball, participating in gymnastics or martial arts, or doing other age-appropriate sports.

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