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How Nicole Zeitzer Johnson, Communications Director and Special Needs Parent, Does It

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-27 14:20
I have a 7-year-old and a 2-year-old whose seizures mean someone’s eyes have to be on her at every moment. Fortunately I have a great support system and a flexible work arrangement.

Back-to-School Blues

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-27 10:06
You know that moment in "A Visitor for Bear" when Bear realizes that as much as he likes his quiet routines, he likes having someone there to laugh at his jokes, too? My children went back to school this morning, and I felt that.

Tip of the Day August 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-27 08:32

When you teach your children about the difference between right and wrong, help them learn to listen to their conscience.

Hookup Line. Carpool. Same Rituals, New School.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-26 10:29
Some things are the same no matter where you are: the car pool line (called "hookup" in our new town). The health forms. The classrooms, the desks, the cubbies. It's not Mars, it's just school. They know how to do school.

Tip of the Day August 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-26 08:30

Remember intelligence is not fixed: Effort and persistence when facing challenges are important characteristics of a successful student. Tell your child, “smart is not what you are; smart is what you work to become.”

Weekly Quandary: Revisiting Limits on Screen Time

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-25 13:16
It's a constant quandary. A parent writes "I feel like my biggest parenting challenge is the battle against screens taking over my children's lives."

Tip of the Day August 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-25 08:30

Start family traditions and rituals such as family service projects, game nights, seasonal outings, or family meetings.

Tip of the Day August 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-24 08:31

When kids have a good start to the school year and settle in well to school, they tend to be more interested in school and doing their best. Help your kids get a good start by being an involved parent.

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.
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