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Connect with Your Kids While Logging Miles: Purposeful Parenting Tips for Long and Short Car Trips

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:34

By: Becky Post

Many families spend a lot of time in vehicles in the summer, whether it involves a long driving trip or running kids to soccer tournaments. July is National Purposeful Parenting Month and a perfect time to connect with your children occurs in the car.

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Tip of the Day July 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:34

Play with your children, letting them choose the type of play.

5 Ways To Help Your Kid Not Stink At Math

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-23 13:51
The "new math" curriculum is great — and nearly guaranteed to drive children and their parents understandably insane, because teachers don't know how to teach it yet. Here's what to do to help your child while they learn.

A Dietitian Who Won’t Oversell Nutrition to Her Kids

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:16
I learned long ago that nutrition information alone doesn't motivate people to eat healthy, and I know telling my children that "broccoli will make them big and strong" could backfire.

Tip of the Day July 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-23 08:32

Answer your kids’ questions. If you don’t know the answer, research it until you do.

Putting the ‘Known’ in Known Sperm Donor

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-22 08:45
The adult daughter of two mothers and a known sperm donor is candid: Much of it was great, but it is complicated.

Tip of the Day July 13

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-22 08:30

When you disagree with your kids, point out that you still care about them and that disagreements don’t cancel out love.

Research Suggests Students Adjusting to New School Lunches

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:54
School administrators agree that students complained about new lunch standards when they were first implemented in the fall of 2012—but tell researchers that by spring, the complaints had largely subsided.

Weekly Quandary: Having a Baby, and Getting a Dog

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-07-21 13:09
Should a couple planning on soon having a baby get a dog?

Tip of the Day July 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-07-21 08:33

Give kids an allowance so they can learn how to manage money while they’re young.

Tip of the Day July 11

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-07-20 08:31

Do something unusual to make family mealtimes more fun. Have a picnic outside or on the floor in your living room.

Immaculate Incarceration: A Baby in Solitary Confinement

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-07-20 07:53
According to my mother's prison records, she served around 17 weeks in "The Hole"—solitary confinement. Only for her it wasn’t so solitary. She had me.

Tip of the Day July 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-07-19 08:33

Get your kids outside. Splash in puddles. Run around the yard or playground. Organize a neighborhood game night. Get out and move.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-18 13:19
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.

I’ve Ruined My Boys

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-18 10:50
My sons—and my husband—expect me to wait on them. I can't really blame them. I made my bed. And everyone else's.

Tip of the Day July 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-18 08:32

Ask your kids what they worry about. Then address their concerns.

Playgrounds for Kids Who Can’t Run and Jump

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:30
Knowing how many ordinary pleasures were cut off from my daughter, I was angry when something as common as swinging through the air on a hot summer day was also unreachable because of broken or missing equipment.

Goodbye to Cloth Diapers, and Ideal Motherhood

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-17 11:40
Those washable diapers were part and parcel of the vision I had of myself as a woman and a mother. And when I gave them up, I didn’t know who I was any more.

Tip of the Day July 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-17 08:30

Model safe driving to your kids. Don’t text or use your cell phone. Focus only on the road (and talking calmly with your kids) while you drive.

Easy Ways to Get More Vegetables on the Table, More Often

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-16 12:37
Lots of different types of vegetables and beans can fill a taco, be the excuse for a soup, or top a big bowl.
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