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Raising Teenagers: Protect When You Must, Permit When You Can

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-18 13:02
There’s not much we can do to rush neurological maturation along in our teens, but we can help kids practice their burgeoning skills of self-control as they emerge.

Tip of the Day September 9

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-18 08:33

When your children are excited about something, share their excitement.

Tip of the Day September 8

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-18 08:33

Encourage your children to evaluate friends and heroes in terms of their positive or negative influence.

Independence Referendum Is a Win for Scotland’s Children

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-17 23:36
With voter turnout expected to be around 80 percent and polls predicting a thin margin, a glaring message of the referendum has been that every vote counts. For children, that lesson is a victory in itself.

A Surrogate and a Mother: Partners in Pregnancy Share Their Story

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-17 20:45
After cancer, Angela Salerni couldn’t bear a child — but she had frozen embryos. She needed a surrogate: Roshael Rose. It was a perfect match, but it still wasn’t easy.

20 Years After ‘It’s Perfectly Normal,’ What’s Changed?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-17 12:58
If you're looking to start a conversation about sexuality with your child, "It's Perfectly Normal," with its science-based, rigorously researched approach, makes for solid footing on which to begin.

Tip of the Day September 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-17 08:32

Encourage your child to take a leadership role in your community.

To Aid Children’s Cancer Care, Mothers Go Bald

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-16 16:03
To raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research, mothers shave their heads in solidarity with their cancer-affected children.

When the Honeymoon Is Over: Settling Into Real Life After a Move

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-16 09:51
After a few months of treating life in our new town like one big vacation, the reality of everyday life is catching up with us, and everyone — especially the kids — is a little testy.

Tip of the Day September 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-16 08:34

Connect your children with adults who have useful wisdom, such as money management skills or career advice.

Quandary Update: Yes to the Dog, Not Yet to the Baby

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-15 10:19
"Without some of the comments, I'm not sure we'd have Buddy now, and he's brought us so much happiness."

Three Ways to Celebrate ‘Gram & Gramps’ on National Grandparents’ Day

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-15 08:31

By Samantha MacDonald, Web & Social Media Specialist, ParentFurther.com

Did you know that over half of grandparents say that being a grandparent is “the single most important and satisfying thing in their life”?

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Tip of the Day September 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-14 08:31

Model the values you want to pass on to your children. For example, do service projects together as a family. Talk about why you do it.

‘Just a Stepmother’ Sending a Son to College Without Tears

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-14 07:36
Being happy as my stepson leaves us for college isn’t a sign of a lack of connection or love. It's a sign of pride.

Tip of the Day September 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-09-13 08:34

Let your kids know that you recognize and appreciate their talents, capabilities, and discoveries.

The Mechanics of Homework

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-12 20:52
Right now, homework is feeling like an instrument of torture designed to destroy my relationship with my children. But we go through this every September. It will get better.

The End of a Week of Cooking, and a Weekend Plan

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-12 11:13
After a week of cooking, Friday is a night off before weekend meals and planning for next week.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-12 09:14
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 September 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-12 08:33

Give your kids space and respect their privacy when they need it.

When the Problem is Priorities, Don’t Blame Cooking

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-11 11:27
Family dinner isn't, and shouldn't be, something to get through. It's not a way station on the way to some goal. It is the goal, no matter what's on the table — and it ought to be within everyone's reach.
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