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Snow Day Approaches

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-26 12:16
Cookie baking. Board game playing. Snow shoveling. What will you do with your snow day?

Tip of the Day January 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-26 08:31

Parenting is too much to do alone. Lean on family and friends. Ask others to be a positive force in your child’s life, help enforce boundaries as well as do fun things together with your child.

Changing Early Pregnancy Etiquette: Share Good News, and Bad

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-01-25 20:24
When we decided not to tell friends and family about my pregnancy until after the first trimester, we never paused to consider how much we might need those people if something did actually go wrong.

Tip of the Day January 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2015-01-25 08:33

Think before you speak. Try never to make offhand negative comments (“You’re so lazy!”) as they can have long-term effects on your child’s self image.

Tip of the Day January 13

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-01-24 08:32

When behaviors drive you crazy, give yourself grace. Seek out the wisdom of other parents you admire, try new strategies, and remember you weren’t born knowing how to parent.

Childless, With Regret and Advice: Don’t Wait for the Perfect Picture

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:23
I didn't want to become my mother, so I actively avoided becoming a mother at all until it was too late.

The View from Inside the Stroller

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:31
Diego Acosta López wanted to see what it was like when his son, Ignacio — just shy of 2 — visited New York City for the first time.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:46
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 January 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-23 08:33

Express an interest in your child’s friends and social life. Having the people outside of family who are important to them acknowledged will remind your kids that they are important to you.

A New Nominee for Worst Tween Sitcom on TV

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:25
Instead of a show about the coed and girls' teams our children have grown up with, Nickelodeon offers "Bella and the Bulldogs," an ugly throwback to an era when girls who love sports are always odd girl out.

Tip of the Day January 11

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-22 08:34

Don’t give false praise. Be authentic, but kind. Kids can tell when adults are being fake or insincere.

Free of Gluten, but Not of Arsenic (or of Guilt)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-21 16:24
For gluten-free families, the increasing concerns about arsenic and rice are a source of worry and guilt. But how much should parents blame themselves?

When Measles Spreads From Disneyland, It’s a Small World After All

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-21 15:50
A current measles outbreak, now at 48 confirmed cases, began with a visitor to Disneyland, and quickly spread beyond those directly exposed there.

Tip of the Day January 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-21 08:31

Surround yourself with families you admire. Learn what you want and don’t want to do. Be intentional with the choices you make in managing your family.

43 and Pregnant

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-20 14:37
My pregnancy’s viability is still very much in limbo. As am I. I am readying myself for whatever happens, but I am split in a way I have never felt before.

Meeting the Baby, Becoming a Family

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-20 10:39
From the moment we met our daughter, weighing two-and-a-half pounds and wearing a red bow pasted on her head, we could tell she was the fighter and "rock star" we'd been told about.

Tip of the Day January 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-20 08:34

Angry? Frustrated with your child? Try lowering your voice – speak quietly and slowly and in a quiet place. Lowering your temperature will help lower theirs.

Do I Need Screen Time Rules for Other People’s Children, Too?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-19 14:31
It’s my house and my rules, but I’m uncomfortable snatching away a prized possession a child brings over. I'm also uncomfortable with the recent sleepover in which every child spent the night buried in her own screen.

Charities That Inspire Kids: Kiva

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-19 10:30
Diana Williams, a teacher from Surrey, British Columbia, describes the value of making microloans from the classroom.

Tip of the Day January 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-19 08:33

Without pushing or pressuring them, help your kids master something they find challenging. Encourage them and praise them for their effort.

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