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Tip of the Day February 11

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-20 09:27

Talk about your hopes and dreams for your child with your partner. The more you can be in sync, the easier it will be to parent your child together.

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Still Rescuing Parents

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-19 12:17
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle's "cures" manage to unite reading parents and children in mocking common childhood faults.

Tip of the Day February 10

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-19 09:24

Model and talk about appropriate ways to express love and care. Focus on the relationship aspect of dating with your teen, such as getting to know someone and caring for each other in tender ways, such as holding hands.

An Open Egg Donor, Now Reversing the Role

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-19 08:51
I chose my son by clicking and unclicking a series of boxes, looking for a sperm donor. Fifteen years ago, the roles were reversed: I was an egg donor.

Tip of the Day February 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-18 09:26

Don’t overreact when your child lies to you. Young people will lie if they fear your reaction. If you suspect or know that your child is lying, ask, “Why do you think I might be having trouble believing you right now?” In other words, give them the opportunity to tell the truth.

A Child, Coping, with Autism and Everything Else

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-17 17:21
Every once in a while, I can help him. Mostly by getting off his back about what helps him.

​Advice for Finding Your Groove

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-17 14:59
Getting an email "obsession" under control, focusing on the task at hand, and finding time for gratitude and exercise.

​ Advice for Finding Your Groove

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-17 14:59
Getting an email "obsession" under control, focusing on the task at hand, and finding time for gratitude and exercise.

Love, Panic, Adoption and Jerk-Chicken Knishes

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-17 10:06
I hope most of the stares Evy gets are because she's adorable, but I know that many of them will be because she's a dark-skinned child with white parents.

Tip of the Day February 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-17 09:25

Take kids’ feelings seriously. You may not think it’s a big deal for a sixth grader to fall in love, but it’s a huge deal to your sixth grader. Treat it with the same seriousness as your child does.

What Children Think of the Internet (and Why It Matters)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-16 11:22
Question I haven't yet asked my 5-year-old: is the Internet a more reliable source of information than I am?

Tip of the Day February 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-16 09:26

Find out how your child likes to be touched. Some enjoy playful touch, such as pillow fights and arm wrestling. Others like hugs and cuddling. Everyone is different.

Tip of the Day February 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-15 09:30

Find creative ways to stay close when you’re away from your kids, such as sending homemade cookies or drawing pictures.

Adopted as a Child, Now a Mother, Finally ‘Lucky’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-15 08:53
Countless times, well-meaning friends, relatives, and acquaintances told me I was “lucky” to have been adopted, “lucky” even to live in America.

Tip of the Day February 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-02-14 09:28

When children don’t meet their responsibilities, use logical consequences. For example, if a child gets an allowance for cleaning her bedroom, make sure the room is clean before she gets any money.

Online Dating Rules for My Grandmother: Must Drive, Preferably at Night

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-13 10:44
While my grandmother and I have always been close, her online dating experiment brought us closer, mostly because she called me four or five times a week (she kept forgetting her JDate password).

Tip of the Day February 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-13 09:27

Practice “hearing” on more than one level: Listen to the words your kids are saying, but also tune in to what they are saying with their tone of voice and body language.

Your Turn: A Weekly Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-02-13 02:27
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.

Let Children Change

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-12 12:01
When parents keep expecting our kids to repeat old mistakes, we're saying "you can't change," or maybe "you can't change while I'm still here." Bad plan.

Teaching Students How to Talk Less, and Think More

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-12 10:14
Parents often worry that a teacher calls on some students more than others, or that quieter children are overlooked in the classroom.
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