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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.

Thursday Dinner, Faster Than Delivery

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-11 10:25
Salad Pizza: If you've got a ball of whole-wheat pizza dough, you can get dinner on the table faster than you could get it delivered.

Tip of the Day September 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-11 08:31

Ask your child to imagine a hobby or activity he or she might enjoy now and as an adult. Help your child take steps to start doing it (if they’re not already).

A Slower-Paced, but Still Easy, Wednesday Meal

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-10 11:28
Last night's Sausage with Spinach and Bean Mash was easy and "therapeutic." Tonight, pouring sauce on chicken.

Those ‘Mysterious Deadly Virus’ Headlines? Don’t Panic. Do Watch That Cold, and Wash Your Hands.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-10 09:04
Strains of enterovirus circulate every year. This year, the number of children affected is high, but the symptoms themselves (fever and coughing) are consistent with the way this virus has behaved in the past.

Tip of the Day September 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:31

Share stories with your kids about what life was like for you as a young person (dating, school, family, friendships, etc.). Talking about these things may show that you have an understanding of what life is like for them.

A Simple ‘Dump-It’ Meal for a Busy Tuesday

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-09 14:05
A dinner designed for a parent with more on his or her mind than “I wonder if rice wine vinegar or tarragon vinegar would be better here.”

Making New Friends: In Praise of Name Tags

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-09 10:40
One of the most exhausting things about being new to a situation is having to learn everyone’s name. That’s why I love name tags.

Tip of the Day August 31

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

Schedule a monthly family movie night. Take turns picking films, and allow plenty of time for discussion afterward.

A Fast, Simple Dinner for a Monday Night

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-08 11:13
A detailed plan for getting dinner on the table tonight.
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