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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.

Tip of the Day September 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-29 08:34

Whenever you feel like you’re saying the same thing over and over, stop. What isn’t changing? What could you do differently so that you don’t feel like you’re in a rut?

Not Just Unhappy: Signs That Your Child May be Depressed

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-28 08:32

By Amy Williams, Guest Blogger

Unfortunately, depression in children is real. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimates that 5 percent of all children suffer from depression.

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‘Home Alone’ at 7, Safe and Learning to Stay That Way

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-28 08:05
My 7-year-old son asked to stay home while I ran errands in our neighborhood. I agreed, and our experiment was a success — except to those who insisted on seeing encouragement of independence as a "tragedy waiting to happen."

Tip of the Day September 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-09-27 08:34

Greet your children’s friends when you see them, using the name or nickname they prefer. Ask how they’re doing.

A Stolen Video of My Daughter Went Viral. Here’s What I Learned.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-26 11:43
I wanted the video of my 4-year-old talking about equality to be shared. But when it was stolen and shared by strangers, the experience changed how I think about posting images of my children online.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-26 09:29
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 September 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-26 08:32

Don’t let anyone in your family (including you) watch too much television. Encourage your children to spend their time doing interesting and meaningful activities—some with you, some with their friends, some by themselves.

U.S. Awards Grants to Explore and Evaluate Paid Leave

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-25 14:15
The Department of Labor is putting money behind its push to expand paid family leave in the United States. The issue could be a factor in coming elections — if enough voters ask about it.

The Wage Gap Starts With Less Knowledge, and Lower Expectations

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-25 11:10
The girls of America seem to know less about money than boys, earn less and have lower expectations for their earnings going forward. And their parents may be partly to blame.

Tip of the Day September 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-25 08:35

If you tell your child there will be a specific consequence for a certain behavior, be prepared to follow through. Empty threats will teach your child that you “don’t really mean it” when you set boundaries.

Thanks to Video Monitors, Parents are the New Big Brother

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:08
Parents who start using video baby monitors to observe infant sleep often continue using them long past a child's babyhood, and children are sometimes aware that they're being watched.

Tip of the Day September 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:30

Help your child set daily homework goals and suggest a comfortable location where studying will be easier.

Civil Disorder, Out of the Curriculum and Into the Streets

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-24 05:58
Denver students protesting a proposed anti-protest curriculum-review committee appear to have learned lessons about the value of questioning authority, and irony.

How to See More of Your Best Friends? Move Away

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-23 10:48
When the demands of parenthood, career, and general midlife busy-ness made it tough to see friends as much as we wanted to, we moved away, and saw them more.
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