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Pregnant? Working? A New Resource for Knowing Your Rights.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-29 14:11
An easy-to-use, state-by-state resource for pregnancy and parenting laws.

One Boy, 17 Official Incident Reports and a Better Kind of Discipline

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-29 13:42
Everyone wants kids to be safe in school — even us parents of the "bad" kids. But punitive approaches have high costs: Instead of being helped, misbehaving kids are pushed out. Schools need to try something else.

What to Do When Your Daughter Gets Her Period, Too Young or Right on Time

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-29 13:02
If you're the parent of a girl, inevitably at some point, she will emerge from the bathroom or come home from school and inform you (not in these words) that her menstrual cycle has begun. Be ready.

Tip of the Day October 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-29 07:35

When your child comes to you with a conflict, don’t do all the problem solving yourself. Encourage him or her to develop solutions. (Intervention may be appropriate, of course, if there is a danger of physical injury.)

How Col. Jeanette McMahon, Retired Military Widow, Does It

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-28 11:35
Right after my husband's death, we were all struggling. Now, with two of my sons out of high school and only one living at home, I can finally think about what to do next.

When the Diagnosis Is Rare, Parents May Know More Than Professionals

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-28 11:02
It’s fine for parents to have more expertise than the pediatrician. In fact, sometimes it’s necessary.

A Baby Born Exactly According to Plan, a Thousand Miles From Home

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-28 09:20
Chances are good that Omaha won't matter to my new daughter the way it does to me. But no matter what, it will always be a part of her life story.

Tip of the Day October 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-28 07:31

Continue to show affection to teenagers by spending time with them—even if you’re not doing or talking about anything special.

Schools With No Playgrounds Teach Kids Not to Play

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-27 10:37
When we provide our children with no time or space to play, first graders play anyway. By third grade, in some places, they think they know better.

Weekly Quandary: Does the Introverted Preschooler Need ‘Work’?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-27 09:17
Should a reader help her child "work" on taking pleasure in being with others as well as "exploring/playing by himself" or let him be?

Tip of the Day October 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-27 07:34

Present your kids with a variety of options for activities and help them think about which ones best fit their interests.

‘Don’t Expect Dinner.’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-26 12:03
On Monday of my third week back at work after our son was born, I came home and found my husband sipping a beer with a frown, a sauce-stained dish in front of him, and no dinner for me.

Tip of the Day October 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-26 07:33

Start a conversation with your family about communication. Do you all speak positively to each other? Do you trust each other and talk openly? What can you do to improve communication?

Tip of the Day October 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-10-25 07:35

When you and your child disagree, do or say something to show that you still care.

Turn Your Princess-Obsessed Toddler Into a Feminist in Eight Easy Steps

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-24 11:52
Imposing a Women's Studies Curriculum on your Disney Princess. Someday she'll thank you!

Eating Chinese Takeout and Dreaming of Brisket

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-24 09:16
Last week, dinner did not go as planned. But having the plan still helped.

Preparing a Child to Own a Mobile Phone — But Not Always Use It

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-24 08:27
Having a phone can create a compulsion to do something when doing nothing is so often the better choice.

Tip of the Day October 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:30

Check in with your partner (and yourself!) periodically to assess whether you are balancing your work and family time the way you want to. List your priorities to help you be realistic about the things you value most.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-24 07:19
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.

Looking at Soccer’s Concussion Risk, and Asking It to Change

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-23 14:35
Talking to kids about personal safety is like talking about retirement planning. We can't expect them not to play the game to win—so if heading the ball puts kids in danger, then soccer has to change the rules.
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