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With Deployment Looming, How Do You Measure a Year?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-30 09:29
I remember us, the day our daughter was born after my husband's return from Iraq, telling our families that he wouldn't deploy again "until 2015."

Tip of the Day December 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-30 08:31

As much as possible, continue traditions started when your children were younger. Though they are growing and changing, it’s important for them to trust that there is continuity and consistency in life.

The Appeal of the Parent-Child Rom-Com

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-29 15:17
In movies where adults fall for children, parents, nonparents and children alike see an idealized version of what they want in their own family relationships.

Charities That Inspire Kids: Mobile Loaves and Fishes

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-29 12:34
Mobile Loaves and Fishes inspires Claudia Barlow and her daughter, Bailey, to work with a community of homeless and formerly homeless people in Austin, Tex.

Tip of the Day December 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-29 08:33

Remind your child that it’s okay to fail sometimes. Failure is an opportunity to learn about oneself and succeed in the future.

Tip of the Day December 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-12-28 08:32

Include holiday giving (such as giving money to charity) as part of your holiday spending. See which organizations your kids want to support.

A Foster Teen’s Holiday and Uncertain Future

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-12-28 07:39
We have mentored a foster child through many "homes" and placements, and she has spent many holidays with us. This year, she's bonding (we hope) with a new family.

Tip of the Day December 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-12-27 08:33

Respect your child’s time. When you commit to something, follow through or let your child know why you can’t.

Charities That Inspire Kids: Sal’s Shoes

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sat, 2014-12-27 07:55
Sal's Shoes collects used shoes from families to send directly to children who need them.

Tip of the Day December 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-26 08:33

Make holiday celebrations about being with friends and family, rather than focused on gift giving.

Training Children in Insomnia, and Embracing the Enemy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-26 07:50
From the time our boys were babies, we were so desperate for a few hours of respite that we turned our house into a library with a nasty librarian. Now they can't sleep without silence — and I know how well that ends.

Charities That Inspire Kids: St. Baldrick’s

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-12-26 07:20
The St. Baldrick's Foundation inspired two young people to give their passion, and to write in about it.

Tip of the Day December 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-25 08:35

Ask your child to write a list of her or his skills and talents. Then you write down additional strengths that your child didn’t recognize.

Blue-Haired Bingo in Footie Pajamas

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-12-25 04:27
There’s a common perception that with cancer in the house, the mood is all death and dying, gloom and doom. But there can be laughter and humor, too.

Tip of the Day December 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-24 08:32

Model responsible behavior. If you do things that are off limits in front of a child, be ready to give a reason that is not hypocritical.

Eleven, With Down Syndrome, and Still a Santa-Loving Little Girl. Maybe.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-12-24 07:32
My daughter is still a little girl, with a stuffed Piglet and Velcro-fastened shoes. For years, she's dictated her letter to Santa to me. This year, things were different.

Saving the Images of a Perfect Childhood and Deleting the Rest

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-23 11:22
For my daughter’s fifth birthday, I put together a book of photos that I thought captured her short life. And then I realized that every picture I had chosen made it all look perfect.

Dear Santa, Please Bring Daddy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:59
This year, my husband will return from his predeployment work-ups to spend Christmas with us, and my daughter will get her wish. Next year, there will be nothing even Santa can do.

Tip of the Day December 13

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-12-23 08:32

Ask your kids what they enjoy best about getting ready for (and celebrating) the holidays. Incorporate those things into your holiday planning.

Last-Minute Gifts: Monthly Box Subscriptions for Children and Teenagers

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-12-22 13:06
Maybe the perfect gift is one that arrives later, in the form of a monthly delivery of books, geek toys, craft supplies or more.
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