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In a Stepfamily, Whose Fairness Wins Out?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-24 07:29
In my new husband's family, what was "fair" in family life was governed by seniority. I preferred to rely on egalitarian turn taking. "Fair" turns out to be subject to interpretation.

Tip of the Day August 13

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-08-23 08:31

Forget your worries sometimes and try to concentrate only on your kids.

A 6-Year-Old Shouldn’t Inherit a Stiff Upper Lip

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-22 11:38
My mother was sent away from her mother during the Blitz. She was expected to be stoic, and she expected the same from me. Now, I’m trying not to pass her dismissal of all fears on to my daughter.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-22 10:56
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 August 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-22 08:34

Create a homework spot. Ideally you should find a place where you can sit right next to your child. You can pay bills, do work, or read while your child studies.

Simple Student Routines for Back-to-School Success

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-21 11:47
Establishing routines like a weekly regroup (with trash can and storage at hand), evening organization and nondigital bedtimes set the stage for a successful year.

Tip of the Day August 11

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-21 08:32

Say more positive things to your family than negative ones.

Casting Call: Rethink Family Dinner With Jenny Rosenstrach

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-20 17:31
During the week of Sept. 8, we’ll be coaching a real family through real family dinners in real time – seven new meals in seven days – and we hope that you’ll cook along with us.

How Dekiema Pogue, Military Spouse and Administrative Assistant, Does It

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-20 14:43
A flexible schedule and an equally flexible employer help make this military spouse's sometimes solo parenting easier.

Tip of the Day August 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-20 08:32

Ask your children what they like and don’t like about their daily routines. Together figure out changes to improve them.

Weekly Quandary: Should Siblings Spectate?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-19 12:18
Is sibling attendance at a brother or sister’s sports or other events part of being a supportive family, or “dragging them along?”

And Then The Dog Died: Things You Can’t Plan for When Planning a Move

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-19 10:53
I thought I’d planned for all the changes coming our way when my family moved to a new city. Then — silly me — I realized you can’t plan for the unexpected.

Tip of the Day August 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-19 08:31

Find a way to celebrate the first day—or first week—of school. By making it a celebration, you’re showing your kids that you value their education.

Viral Video Parents and Non-Photo Sharers Debate

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-18 10:45
Is sharing videos and pictures a violation of a child’s right to privacy, or a simple act to remain connected to friends and family?

Tip of the Day August 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-18 08:32

Accept your kids as they are.

Tip of the Day August 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-17 08:32

If you haven’t started already, begin helping your child get into a school routine. Have predictable bed times, meal times, and wake-up times.

After a Miscarriage, Seeking Permission to Grieve

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-17 07:01
I bought the milk in the refrigerator while I was still pregnant. When I sent that text, the baby was already dead, and I didn’t know it yet.

Tip of the Day August 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-08-16 08:33

Be understanding when your child has a difficult day.

When Sports and Family Time Conflict, Speak Up

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-15 20:15
Try saying this out loud: “Family and academics are more important than sports, until sports conflict, then sports win.”

How Does a 2-Year-Old Wear Glasses? (Not) Very Carefully.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-15 11:00
I wasn’t happy when the pediatric ophthalmologist ordered up glasses for my toddler. But it wasn’t supposed to be about me.
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