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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.

Tip of the Day February 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-02-12 09:27

With your partner, present a united front to your kids. Even if you disagree privately, work out your differences so that your kids aren’t aware of them. Watch for your kids trying to get something from one parent without the knowledge of the other.

Babies Who Eat to Live, Instead of the Other Way Around

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-11 11:51
Obsessing over a baby who is eating enough for her, but not enough to put her on the weight chart.

Tip of the Day February 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:28

Encourage your children to pursue their passions, as long as they balance them with school and family time. Performing arts, sports, and other activities can be great, but they can start to take over their lives if their involvement becomes too intense.

Tip of the Day February 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-11 09:28

Think of touch as another way to communicate with your child. Whenever you pat your child on the shoulder, snuggle up to read with him, or hug him, you’re telling your child that you love him.

The Community College/‘Real College’ Divide

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-02-11 08:36
You know what saddened me when I worked at the community college? Meeting students who sounded apologetic for being there. They had heard the message that community college was not real college, and they listened.

The Military Marriage Trapeze Act

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-10 18:22
Stopping at a highway rest stop, my 4-year-old spotted a group of uniformed Marines paying for snacks. "Mommy!” she exclaimed, “look at ALL those daddies!” We're never really alone.

Shelf, iPad, Bed Table: Reading, January 2015

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-10 15:35
What I bought, what I read, what I thought I'd read and what I put down and never picked back up this January.

Even a ‘Good Baby’ Is Exhausting

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-10 09:54
She's just a baby, albeit a premature baby, doing exactly what a baby her age should do. But that hasn't stopped us from losing sleep over her.

Tip of the Day January 31

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-10 09:28

Family meetings can be great – or horrible! Learning to work together is worth it, though. Try different formats, trade off leading them, and see if they can improve your family’s workflow and communication.

It’s Monday. Why Does It Always Have to Be a Snow Day?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-09 11:29
Monday is my day off. My "me" day. Just me, and my work, alone, in the house. Unless it's a snow day — and this year, Monday always seems to be a snow day.
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