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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).

Tip of the Day September 23

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-02 08:33

If you are angry or frustrated with your child try lowering your voice—speak quietly and slowly and in a quiet place. Lowering your temperature will help lower theirs.

Helping Kids Take Criticism Constructively (Even When It Isn’t Constructive)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-02 08:07
In an attempt to make feedback palatable for children, we construct feedback sandwiches of critical meat between slices of fluffy and comforting praise.

Would a Different Job Make You a Different Parent?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-01 12:31
As parents we spend a great deal of time talking about the effects of work on our home life and how family life impacts our careers. There's a third variable worth considering: how our choice of career affects our family.

Surviving Shots: 12 Tips for Parents and Kids

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-01 10:09
Rare is the child who looks forward to the appearance of the needle, but there are things parents can do to make the experience of getting a shot easier.

Tip of the Day September 22

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-01 08:30

Even though disagreements are not fun (and can make your life more difficult), they mean that you’re raising a child who can make his or her own decisions.

The Power of Place: One Last Thought on Moving

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-30 11:14
Is our new city changing us? Or would we be changing anyway, simply by virtue of growing up, getting older, and evolving in our lives?

Tip of the Day September 21

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:30

Banish pessimistic phrases from your home. Instead of kids saying, “I can’t do it,” have them say, “I’ll figure out how to do it” and “I can do it.”

Tip of the Day September 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:30

Keep a sense of humor about parenting.

Weekly Quandary: Talking Racism and Sexism With Children

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-29 14:08
Parental silence on gender roles and racial differences won't lead to race-blind and gender-neutral children. That doesn't make racism and sexism any easier to talk about. How does your family do it?

Adopted From Russia, Just Days Before the Ban

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-29 09:53
From a visa arriving hours before a government shutdown to staying one mile away from the protests in Red Square against American families adopting Russian children, there were plenty of chances for this adoption to fall apart.
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