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Rent a Toy, Learn a Lesson

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-14 09:11
What would children learn if we made them give away some of their favorite toys after a month? Maybe that ownership and appreciation aren't linked.

Tip of the Day August 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-14 08:33

Include children in discussions of family priorities that reflect values (such as how to spend time or how to stand up for beliefs).

Rainy Day Video Game Rules: Is iPad Monopoly ‘Screen Time?’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-13 13:31
There are only two children at home on this rainy day, and only one child wants to play Monopoly — which brought up a new question. Is playing Monopoly against the iPad really a "video game"?

Tip of the Day August 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-13 08:33

Indulge in a fun activity before your kids go back to school. Some families go to a zoo, amusement park, or water park as a way to signal that “last hurrah” of summer.

Baby Pictures at the O.B.’s Office? No More.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-12 12:02
Because of privacy and legal concerns, there will be no more "baby walls" of patient and family photos in doctors offices.

Helping Children Find Friends in a New Town (That Aren’t Your Friends, Too)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-12 09:53
My children say they've made plenty of friends in our new town. Trouble is, they're all my co-workers. And as awesome as their grown-up friends are, children need kid friends, too.

Weekly Quandary: Is It Impolite to Give a Child a Command?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-08-12 08:56
How do you make the difference between a question and a directive clear for the children in your house?

Tip of the Day August 2

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

National Night Out is Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Attend the community event with your family to get to know your neighbors. Learn more about NNO >>

Tip of the Day August 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-08-11 08:32

Encourage your children to express their feelings, but help them with guidelines on appropriate and inappropriate ways to act on their feelings.

Tip of the Day July 31

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-10 08:31

Teach your kids that mistakes are part of life. Everyone goofs up, and everyone can learn from their mistakes.

If My Son Loves Football, Can He Still Love Me?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-10 08:16
My husband and I consider our family progressive. We're all for boys in pink playing with dolls. But progressive really means letting your children choose what to love, and my son loves football.

Tip of the Day July 30

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-08-09 08:31

Childproof all places where kids play and hang out. Keep them safe.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-08 12:39
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 July 29

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-08 08:34

Don’t let cute behavior or your kids’ impish grins make you back down on boundaries. Be firm.

Need Kids to Follow Instructions? Don’t Ask. Tell.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-08-08 08:28
“Do you want to put on your shoes now?” “Should we have macaroni and cheese for dinner?” “How about you go brush your teeth?” These are not really questions.

If We Link Boys With Bedlam, What Does That Say to Our Girls?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-07 11:14
Our hosts this summer, all parents of girls, shook their heads ruefully as my sons romped. If I hear disapproval of my sons’ behavior in their comments, surely their daughters hear approval of more placid ways.

Tip of the Day July 28

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

Take a family vacation from chores. Declare one Saturday or Sunday “no chores and no errand day.” Then do something fun together.

Simple Solutions for Back-to-School Student Organization (Sorry, No Trapper Keeper)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-08-07 08:02
Once, the Trapper Keeper promised to solve your organizational woes while simultaneously elevating you to cool-kid status. Today's organizational systems should be even simpler (no gadgets required).

Tip of the Day July 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-06 08:35

Find ways to connect with other parents. Get to know them as you watch your kids’ activities.

‘Would You Like Us to Arrest Him?’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-08-06 07:59
After my 15-year-old was flashed on the street, my instinct was to shelter her. She had a stronger response in mind.
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