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Not Just Unhappy: Signs That Your Child May be Depressed

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-28 08:32

By Amy Williams, Guest Blogger

Unfortunately, depression in children is real. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimates that 5 percent of all children suffer from depression.

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‘Home Alone’ at 7, Safe and Learning to Stay That Way

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-28 08:05
My 7-year-old son asked to stay home while I ran errands in our neighborhood. I agreed, and our experiment was a success — except to those who insisted on seeing encouragement of independence as a "tragedy waiting to happen."

Tip of the Day September 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-09-27 08:34

Greet your children’s friends when you see them, using the name or nickname they prefer. Ask how they’re doing.

A Stolen Video of My Daughter Went Viral. Here’s What I Learned.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-26 11:43
I wanted the video of my 4-year-old talking about equality to be shared. But when it was stolen and shared by strangers, the experience changed how I think about posting images of my children online.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-26 09:29
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 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-26 08:32

Don’t let anyone in your family (including you) watch too much television. Encourage your children to spend their time doing interesting and meaningful activities—some with you, some with their friends, some by themselves.

U.S. Awards Grants to Explore and Evaluate Paid Leave

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-25 14:15
The Department of Labor is putting money behind its push to expand paid family leave in the United States. The issue could be a factor in coming elections — if enough voters ask about it.

The Wage Gap Starts With Less Knowledge, and Lower Expectations

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-25 11:10
The girls of America seem to know less about money than boys, earn less and have lower expectations for their earnings going forward. And their parents may be partly to blame.

Tip of the Day September 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-25 08:35

If you tell your child there will be a specific consequence for a certain behavior, be prepared to follow through. Empty threats will teach your child that you “don’t really mean it” when you set boundaries.

Thanks to Video Monitors, Parents are the New Big Brother

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-24 13:08
Parents who start using video baby monitors to observe infant sleep often continue using them long past a child's babyhood, and children are sometimes aware that they're being watched.

Tip of the Day September 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-24 08:30

Help your child set daily homework goals and suggest a comfortable location where studying will be easier.

Civil Disorder, Out of the Curriculum and Into the Streets

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-24 05:58
Denver students protesting a proposed anti-protest curriculum-review committee appear to have learned lessons about the value of questioning authority, and irony.

How to See More of Your Best Friends? Move Away

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-23 10:48
When the demands of parenthood, career, and general midlife busy-ness made it tough to see friends as much as we wanted to, we moved away, and saw them more.

Ordering Abortion Drugs for Her Daughter Earns a Mother Jail Time

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-23 10:01
On Sept. 12th, Jennifer Whalen, a 39-year-old mother of three, went to jail to begin serving a 9-to-18-month sentence. Whalen’s crime was, in effect, ordering pills online that her older daughter took in the first several weeks of an unplanned pregnancy, when she was 16, to induce a miscarriage. The drugs have been available from a doctor with a prescription in the United States since 2000 and are used around the world to induce miscarriage. Read more.

Tip of the Day September 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-23 08:33

Involve your children in decisions about family spiritual activities.

Weekly Quandary: Whose Last Name?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-22 13:32
Tennessee law forbids combining a mother and father’s surnames into a single name for baby — or giving an infant a mother’s last name without both parents’ “mutual assent.”

Spanking Isn’t Culture. It’s a Cycle of Abuse.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-22 09:50
Adrian Peterson shouldn’t sell himself short. He is where he is today in spite of his father, not because of him, and what he learned from him now threatens his career and his family.

Tip of the Day September 13

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-22 08:32

Make sure your child isn’t over- or under-scheduled. Your child also needs downtime at home, as well as time with you.

Tip of the Day September 12

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-21 08:35

Help your kids to set healthy boundaries so that when someone pressures them to do something against their values and beliefs, they’re more likely to say no.

From Lymphoma Mom to Just Mom, and Holding

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-21 07:30
During chemotherapy, my cancer shifted from being a sad thing to being a sad and annoying thing. No one wanted anything to change, but almost everything did.
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