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Give Kids Your Undivided Attention — or No Attention At All

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-06-06 10:22
Either shut your phone and laptop down and be present, or grab the gadgets and get to work. It's the half-measures of attention that don't work for parents or kids.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-06-06 09:35
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 May 28

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-06-06 08:33

Give your child lots of support and approval while he or she is learning independence or taking on a new responsibility.

When the Teacher Is Depressed

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-06-05 11:06
Teaching can be a stressful occupation, and yet there is comparatively little done to protect teachers’ well-being or consider the effect of a teachers’ emotional health on students.

Three Things Students Wish Teachers Knew

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-06-05 10:53
Students wish teachers would be fair, consider homework assignments carefully and with an eye to utility, and treat students like people.

A Brawny Vegetarian Soup Holds Its Own With Meat Lovers

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-06-05 09:03
Martha Rose Shulman, a cookbook author and Times columnist, works with the Ruder family to help them go vegetarian twice a week without even thinking of feeling deprived.

Tip of the Day May 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-06-05 08:30

Greet your child’s friends warmly and be sure to make eye contact. This shows that you care about them and are paying attention.

A Curriculum to Strengthen Students Against Cyberbullying

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-06-04 11:20
Students at the Facing History School in New York City try to understand the circumstances and decisions surrounding larger social injustices and then relate that back to their own experience.

Tip of the Day May 26

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-06-04 08:31

Deal with problems and conflicts in your family while they’re still small.

Telling Congress What Families Need, One City, State or Hearing at a Time

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-06-03 15:26
At a Senate committee hearing, a supporter of paid family leave tries to convince legislators on both sides of the aisle that there's broad bipartisan support for policies that support families.

Sperm Donation is Full of Euphemisms, and an 11-Year-Old is Full of Questions

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-06-03 09:43
When I announced the pregnancy at a family dinner, my father reminded my younger brother that I was "helping out" friends by being their "donor." “But David's gay,” he helpfully reminded the table. “How can they make a baby if they're not having sex?”

Tip of the Day May 25

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-06-03 08:32

Plan family nights to do something fun together. Try out some of these ideas >>

The Computer Code for Parental Feelings of Inadequacy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-06-02 12:06
That steady stream of articles deeming coding "the new lingua franca" and coding education the holy grail for kids flowing by on social media and dropping into your in-box makes coding the hot new parent guilt trip.

Tip of the Day May 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-06-02 08:34

Teach your children how to apologize, explain, negotiate, and resolve conflicts peacefully when relationships run into trouble. More tips on resolving conflicts with kids >>

Tip of the Day May 23

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-06-01 08:32

Know your parenting potholes, such as arguing with your kids in unproductive ways or avoiding important issues. Work to avoid falling in them.

Long After a Divorce, the Question of Family Photographs Lingers

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-06-01 07:36
All of the photographs from my entire childhood were taken while my parents were married. What do I do with them now?

Tip of the Day May 22

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-05-31 08:31

Tell your kids you’re proud of them today. Be specific when you tell them why.

Why Couldn’t My Kids Clean the Kitchen? They Didn’t Have To.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-05-30 12:16
My mistake was not in expecting the kids to do the work. It was in expecting them to do the work I wanted them to do without any work on my part.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-05-30 11:21
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 May 21

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-05-30 08:33

Keep up with the current issues that parents face today. It’s better to be aware of issues and talk about them with your kids—before they possibly affect your family.

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