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Intensive Thanksgiving

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-26 11:27
Before he lost his ability to speak, one of my son’s favorite questions was, "Mommy, what are you thankful for?" Over the Thanksgiving we spent in the intensive care unit, I continued to answer the question he could no longer ask.

Tip of the Day November 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-26 08:32

Ask your children to read to you as they learn to read. Show them that you are excited about their reading.

The Giving Tree: ‘Take What You Want, Leave What You Can’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-11-26 05:35
Stocking the branches of the Giving Tree with candy, gloves and small gifts kept us busy, and grateful, all season long.

Talking About Racism With White Kids

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-25 18:24
Having an “uncomfortable” talk with your white children about privilege, bias and racism? Good.

Covering the Ferguson Verdict Protests, With Kids in the Minivan

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-25 15:01
My 5-year-old has become a veteran of the protests I often cover as a journalist, so much so that she has her own explanations. “Did they shoot someone again, Mama?” she asked. “His parents must be very, very sad. It's like that boy in the pictures in Times Square, remember?”

Traveling Solo With Children, and Playing the Deployment Card

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-25 10:38
With my husband deployed, my days of team man-on-man defense are over. I'm playing zone with two toddlers, and traveling, as we will this week, is the hardest game of all.

Tip of the Day November 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-11-25 08:32

Know that there will be times when parenting is overwhelming and stressful. That’s true for all parents. You’re not alone.

How Will You Talk With Your Sons About Tamir Rice, Shot in the Park After Waving a Toy Gun?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-24 14:43
When my son asked why it mattered what color the boy was, I told him. It matters because many, many people see something different, when they look at a boy who looks like Tamar Rice, than when they look at a boy who looks like you.

You Can Freeze Your Eggs. You Can’t Freeze Time.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-24 12:15
Apple and Facebook have started a useful conversation with the novel perk of enabling employees to freeze their eggs. But I have a message for women considering this option: it may not work.

Tip of the Day November 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-24 08:30

Teach your children how to care for special things—such as toys, books, or plants—by themselves.

Tip of the Day November 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-24 08:30

Emphasize participation in sports and activities more than competition.

Tip of the Day November 13

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-11-23 08:32

Be honest when you lose your temper. All parents do sometimes. It’s good for kids to see that adults aren’t always perfect.

Our Marriage Ended. Our Family Did Not.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-11-23 07:49
Of course we tried staying together for the sake of our son. Until one night, during one of our fine-tuned feuds, our shouting woke up the baby.

Tip of the Day November 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-11-22 08:34

Know that teaching a child to resolve conflicts peacefully takes a long time. Kids need to practice, and they need to practice often. Keep reminding them what to do when they’re upset and want to fight.

Soaking Cranberries, and Heading Into Thanksgiving Week

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-21 14:30
Isn't the rule that no one has to cook anything over Thanksgiving week that isn't for Thanksgiving?

Why This Troop Leader Quit the Girl Scouts

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-21 10:49
As a former Girl Scout Troop Leader, I have a theory about why membership is dropping. It's not the badges. It's not the cookies. It's the endless, endless forms.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-21 10:13
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 November 11

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-11-21 08:35

Actively honor Veteran’s Day with your family by attending a parade, making cards for veterans, or hanging the flag. Discuss why you recognize the holiday with your kids.

H Is for Helicopter, G Is For Guilt — What’s Your Modern Parent Letter?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-20 13:47
If Q is for Quinoa, E is for Equipped (for Everything) and M is for Meltdown, what's your nominee for the modern parent's alphabet?

‘Why Is This Happening in Your Life?’ Parents in the Child Welfare System Need to Be Heard

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-11-20 11:32
The news tends to dwell on the tragedies, but most children who enter foster care go home to parents—like me—who repair their families and refuse to give up hope.
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