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When Did ‘Teaching Independence’ Become ‘Possible Neglect’?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-15 16:41
Parents in Maryland are being investigated for allowing their children to walk home from a park unsupervised. When did we abandon this idea that our children should learn to move about in the world without our hovering presence, and what have we lost?

Skipping School for Vacation: Good for Families, or Bad for Students?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-15 09:54
I’m a parent. I have taken my children out of school for family events and other trips. I am also an educator, and I have seen the havoc these absences can wreak on students and their teachers.

Tip of the Day January 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:31

Capture in words and photos the moments of your life with your child. Record them, keep them, and share them at the end of the year.

Cooking From the Freezer and Pantry: Miscellaneous Pork and Chicken Posole

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-14 13:48
"Cooking the pantry dry" requires a lot of improvisation, and not a lot of recipes.

Why One ‘Cookie Mom’ Still Loves the Girl Scouts

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-14 11:59
I should be dreading the upcoming cookie season, my fifth as cookie mom. Instead, I feel like shouting, “Bring on the Do-Si-Dos!”

Students Eat More Healthy Foods When Recess Is Held Before Lunch

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:51
In studies, giving students recess immediately before lunch rather than immediately after was correlated with a decrease in food waste and an increase in the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten at lunch. But many schools still resist the change.

Tip of the Day January 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-14 08:31

Try new activities to help your child step outside of his or her comfort zone. For example: Conquer a fear of heights with indoor rock climbing.

New Report Urges Less Intervention in Births

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-13 10:51
"If overtreatment is defined as instances in which an individual may have fared as well or better with less or perhaps no intervention," says a new report, "then modern obstetric care has landed in a deep quagmire."

Suburban Poverty, Hidden on Tree-Lined Streets

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-13 09:23
Maybe, back when we had so much more of it, I left enough money in a coat pocket to buy the gallon of milk I can't afford now.

Tip of the Day January 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-13 08:30

Empower your child! Listen to his or her ideas and provide appropriate opportunities for your child to participate in decision-making.

Quandary: When Cousins Aren’t Friends

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-12 17:13
How do you help a child navigate continuing, but always fluctuating, family relationships — or should you just resolutely stay out of the way?

Child With Symptoms? App Lets You Text Doctors, With No Guarantees

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-12 15:28
A variety of apps and online services put you in touch with medical providers, but users should be aware of who they're talking to (or texting with).

Harsh Critics in Public Spaces, Judging Only What They See

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-12 11:56
Strangers like to tell me what I’m doing wrong as a parent, or at least give me hard, critical looks, all the time. But there's a big part of our story they often don't know.

Tip of the Day January 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-12 08:31

Together, create a list of your family’s favorite healthy snacks and meals. Work to integrate these into your regular eating habits to stay healthy.

Tip of the Day January 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2015-01-11 08:33

Set high, but realistic expectations. Make sure you set goals that help your kids reach their personal best.

Spying on College Life, via Yik Yak

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-01-11 07:40
Yik Yak is like an unofficial newsfeed from a college, targeting just that campus. It is definitely not the view you get at Parents and Family Weekend.

Tip of the Day January 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-01-10 08:30

For New Year’s, have a family gathering and go around the group, letting each person share one favorite memory from the past year and one struggle he or she overcame. Go around the circle again and let everyone share one goal for the new year.

Sleep’s Marketing Problem: You ‘Have To’ Go to Bed.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-09 09:09
Sleep needs a new ad campaign, and parents need to sell it. Why don't we remind our children of how good it feels, and how good it is for us, instead of the way we tend to insist on it?

Tip of the Day December 31

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-09 08:34

Help your kids set New Year’s resolutions and stick with them. Talk about the ups and downs of change and how resolutions can be easy to accomplish on some days and not on others.

Tip of the Day December 30

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-09 08:34

Show courtesy to family members in public and at home.

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