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Tip of the Day February 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2015-03-01 09:30

Regularly make a point of saying something positive to your co-parent about his or her parenting techniques. Supporting each other is “key” to good parenting.

Tip of the Day February 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-02-28 09:33

When you need time to concentrate, or for private or serious conversation with someone else, tell your children how long it will take and what you expect from them during that time. When you are finished, let them know they can once again have your attention.

My Dad: Strict. My Daughter’s ‘Papa’? Not So Much.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-27 12:34
My mom tells me that my dad has always been great with children. But that’s not what I remember.

Trust Your Matchmaking Mother. She Only Wants What’s Best.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-27 11:39
Our children have found their colleges and careers. Isn't it time they found their soul mates? Trust us, we can help.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-27 10:00
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 February 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-27 09:32

Start a “thought sharing” tradition. At a meal, bedtime, or another time when there are few distractions, get in the habit of sharing one thing about your day, something interesting you each thought of, a hope or a dream, or another open-ended topic.

Small, Successful Steps Toward Finding Your Groove

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-27 08:29
Readers road-test Christine Carter's simple strategies for settling into a happy and functional routine, both at home and work.

Motherlode’s ‘Celebrity Class of Commenters’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-26 12:39
It's been said many times that "the best thing about Motherlode is the comments."

Tip of the Day February 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-26 09:22

Use “active listening” with your children: Ask good questions, paraphrase what they say to make sure you understand, and show that you empathize with what they are saying.

Among College Students, the Frenzied Competition to Work for No Pay

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-25 10:48
My college freshman's summer plans are keeping her up nights. If she fails to earn a spot supplying free labor, she might have to resort to a paid job.

Tip of the Day February 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-25 09:23

If your children aren’t involved in any out-of-school activities, encourage them to try something new. It’s important for young people to stay involved in these types of opportunities, even if they aren’t the “stars of the show.”

An Outpouring of Love and Onesies

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-24 09:48
There is so much effort and love in all these packages; so much support in all the inquiries. It's shocking, humbling and fantastic.

Tip of the Day February 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-24 09:25

Praise your child when he or she acts in ways that are caring or responsible. Kids need to hear that you’re proud of them and that they are making good choices (even when you’re not happy with all their choices).

Grandmother, Surrogate Mother

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-23 12:43
An update from a mother whose own mother carried her daughter's baby, and gave birth to her own grandchild.

Patricia Arquette: To Every Woman Who Gave Birth to Every Taxpayer

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-23 12:29
Particia Arquette's Oscar speech is dissected, and the message to other women is clear: Shhh.

Tip of the Day February 13

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-23 09:24

Be calm about young love. Be careful not to overreact (and make it a bigger deal than it is) or under react (by dismissing it).

Tip of the Day February 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-22 09:23

Your involvement in school can help your student learn and affect teacher attitudes toward your children, thus creating a more caring school climate.

He Was Ready to Be a Stepdad. Was I Ready to Let Him?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-22 08:06
The first time I let my now-husband "solo" with my 10-year-old daughter, he forgot to feed her, and I "forgot" not to yell at him in front of her. I had to learn to let them become a family.

Air Traffic Control and the Art of Parenting

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-02-21 09:24

By: Becky Post

Search Institute is currently doing a lot of work to help adolescents develop perseverance skills to reach their school and life goals. A precursor to children developing perseverance is executive function, a term that refers to the capacity to control one’s behavior and direct it toward longer-term goals.

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Eavesdropping on the Seventh Grade ‘Instagram Show’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-20 11:37
As a parent, I hate the app, and I too can’t quit it. When my daughter stops following some kid I know, it's like she has killed off a character on my soap opera.
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