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Teaching a Child to Wrangle, Not Reject, Rage

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-30 12:11
Children can’t understand how anger works, or manage it later in life, unless we encourage them to wrestle it with safe people.

I Say ‘Gross.’ They Say ‘Cool.’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-30 10:50
If you have to take two cats and a bag full of wormy pet vomit to the veterinarian, you couldn't find anyone who would enjoy it more than my young companions.

Tip of the Day July 21

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-30 08:34

Maintain a warm, caring relationship with your kids even when they frustrate you.

The Cuckoo Bird and the Baby

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-29 08:39
The cuckoo bird lays its eggs in another bird's nest, then flies off, never to return. Is a sperm donor like the cuckoo bird?

Tip of the Day July 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-29 08:31

Encourage your child to participate in activities that nurture their spirit.

Weekly Quandary: Emotional and Practical Advice for Sending a Child to College

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-07-28 13:04
Parents, what advice do you have for someone sending a child to college for the first time?

Tip of the Day July 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-07-28 08:31

Act in ways that you want your children to act. Don’t just tell them what to do and what not to do.

Tip of the Day July 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-07-27 08:31

When you take your kids shopping, be clear about the budget and what you will and will not buy. Otherwise, it’s easy for kids to pressure you to buy on impulse.

Sticks and Stones, and a Diagnosis in Words That Can’t Hurt Us

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-07-27 07:51
A diagnosis, of autism or anything else, won't make me mourn my daughter, who is different, not dying.

Tip of the Day July 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-07-26 08:34

Get your child a library card in her or his name and go there often to check out books.

Letting a Child Make the Small Sacrifice

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-25 11:38
It's always my instinct to sacrifice for my kids. To step back; to say, you take it, you go, it's ok, I don't mind. My daughter's gift of a horseback ride reminded me that being the giver isn't always the right thing to do.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-25 10:44
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 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-25 08:31

Monitor your kids to keep them safe—and to know what they’re up to. Keep track of them in ways that show kids you’re interested in them, not waiting for them to make a mistake.

Your Teenager on Vacation — and on Social Media

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-24 15:43
Some parents want their teenagers to put their phones down on vacation and connect with their families. But their teenagers might have a different, and valid, sense of what it means to be connected.

Connect with Your Kids While Logging Miles: Purposeful Parenting Tips for Long and Short Car Trips

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:34

By: Becky Post

Many families spend a lot of time in vehicles in the summer, whether it involves a long driving trip or running kids to soccer tournaments. July is National Purposeful Parenting Month and a perfect time to connect with your children occurs in the car.

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Tip of the Day July 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-24 08:34

Play with your children, letting them choose the type of play.

5 Ways To Help Your Kid Not Stink At Math

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-23 13:51
The "new math" curriculum is great — and nearly guaranteed to drive children and their parents understandably insane, because teachers don't know how to teach it yet. Here's what to do to help your child while they learn.

A Dietitian Who Won’t Oversell Nutrition to Her Kids

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-23 12:16
I learned long ago that nutrition information alone doesn't motivate people to eat healthy, and I know telling my children that "broccoli will make them big and strong" could backfire.

Tip of the Day July 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-23 08:32

Answer your kids’ questions. If you don’t know the answer, research it until you do.

Putting the ‘Known’ in Known Sperm Donor

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-22 08:45
The adult daughter of two mothers and a known sperm donor is candid: Much of it was great, but it is complicated.
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