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Dear Teenagers: Come Babysit. Please.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-06 14:19
I get it. You're busy with iPhones and iPads and WhatApp and whatnot. But couldn't you do all those things from the comfort of my home for $10 (or so) an hour?

Tip of the Day October 28

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-06 08:33

Establish routines that simplify the whole family’s “comings and goings.” This may include a specific homework time; a consistent, soothing bedtime routine; preparing lunches the night before; and eating breakfast together to kick off the day.

The Child Who Declares ‘I Want to Be Rich’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-06 08:21
It's a statement that makes some parents uncomfortable — what are we teaching them, if that's the goal? It's still worth talking about honestly.

While Some Parents Volunteer Too Much, Others Feel Excluded

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-05 14:36
Language barriers and perceived race and class barriers can mean that when it comes to volunteering, some parents stay home—and feel unable to help their children achieve.

Paid Sick Leave: On Four Ballots, and Undefeated

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-05 11:35
Paid sick leave was on four ballots last night. All four initiatives passed, even in Massachusetts, which now has both a Republican governor and the nation's strongest requirements for paid sick leave.

Raising Invisible Kids: Not Everyone Needs to Be Famous

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-05 09:48
So many young people think: Why would I want to work backstage when I can vie to be the front person? But "backstage" work (literally or metaphorically) can lead to a more fulfilling and even more successful life.

Tip of the Day October 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-05 08:32

Ask your child what they would like to do this weekend that would cost little or no money. Then, do it!

‘Not Rescuing’ Our Kids Shouldn’t Mean Letting Them Flounder

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-04 12:57
I understand why so many of the smartest women I know are proudly carrying the no-rescue flag. Hovering and rescuing isn't a good way to raise kids. But do we really need to leave them to flounder alone?

Tip of the Day October 26

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-04 08:31

Emphasize how Halloween is about having fun; it’s not just a holiday to get a lot of candy. Squeeze in some quality time with your child by doing other Halloween activities that take the focus off the candy, such as carving pumpkins and looking for costumes together.

‘What You Sign Up For’ When You Marry Into the Military

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-04 08:20
As we prepare for my husband's deployment, the first since the birth of our two children, a not-so-sympathetic friend asks, “But you had to know what you signed up for, right?”

Writer, Rejected for a Retail Job, Is Embraced and Vilified on Facebook

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-03 16:19
A story of a failed marriage and financial implosion provokes equal and opposite reactions on Facebook. Why?

When the Message on Marijuana Is Still ‘Just Say No’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-03 12:13
While some families may approach it differently, there remain excellent reasons for taking a 'Just Say No' stance on marijuana use and teens — without expecting that to end the conversation.

A Family’s Truth About Marijuana Depends on the Family

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-03 12:12
Reporting on five families with wildly divergent ideas about what to teach their kids about marijuana, from no tolerance to offering to roll the joints and make nachos.

Tip of the Day October 25

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-03 08:30

Tell your children you love them often, but show them you love them through your actions every day. It’s easy to say, “I love you”, but the little, everyday things you model (like patience, kindness, courage, and persistence) are really what make a difference in the long run.

Tip of the Day October 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-11-02 08:32

Monitor your activity level. Yes, you will always have a long to-do list. Discern what really needs to be done—and what can wait (so you can spend some time with your child).

When a Teacher Is Arrested for Child Pornography, Students Will Talk

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-11-02 06:37
When a teacher at my children's elementary school was arrested, the school sent an email asking parents to have older children keep quiet to protect the younger kids. But it's impossible to put a stop to playground talk.

Tip of the Day October 23

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-11-01 07:30

Be clear about your values and why you have the values that you do. Kids can’t resist negative peer pressure if they don’t know what’s right—and what’s wrong.

Candy. It’s What’s for Dinner.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-31 12:51
I'll be cooking next week, but I'm sure not cooking tonight!

More Children Means More Work Productivity, Study Suggests

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-31 12:12
Researchers found that over the course of a 30-year career in academia, both female and male economists who were parents outperformed academic economists without children at almost every stage of their careers.

An Illustrated Guide to Eight Kinds of Halloween Candy You Won’t Like and Should Give to Me Immediately

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-31 11:01
Heath bars. Twix. Reeses. Spree. Seriously, you'd just hate those. Isn't your bucket getting awfully heavy anyway?
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