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Weekly Quandary: Changes to a High School Schedule

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-08 09:52
If your student is unhappy, do you encourage the child to advocate for a different schedule, regardless of the official word on allowable changes?

Tip of the Day August 30

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

Look for opportunities—in the car, while doing chores together, or at the dinner table—to ask questions about your child’s classes and teachers.

Tip of the Day August 29

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-07 08:32

Plan and prepare a meal with one of your children. Invite your child’s friend to join you.

Game Plan for a Week of Family Dinners

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-09-07 07:41
Sunday dinner is burrito bowls, but Sunday is also shopping and preparation day for making things easier the rest of the week.

Tip of the Day August 28

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-09-06 08:31

If your child is reluctant to talk about school, try talking to her or his teacher; if there is a problem in the classroom, your child’s teacher can fill you in on the details.

‘Every Night It’s As If We’ve Never Had to Make Dinner Before.’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-05 12:55
Two working parents. Two busy kids. One family that arrives home every evening, starved. Jenny Rosenstrach takes a recipe for chaos and coaches all of us in the planning and preparation needed to turn it into a pleasant nightly meal.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-05 12:22
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 August 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-05 08:32

Ask your children and their friends to select a service project. Schedule an event where they can all volunteer together.

‘Pretesting’ and Other New Ideas to Help Kids Learn

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-04 17:41
New research in learning offers new techniques for students: Play teacher. Take a break. Walk around. Get some sleep.

Tip of the Day August 26

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-04 17:33

Ask what your child thinks of school—some have a strong attachment, while others feel uncomfortable or unattached. Ask your son or daughter which part of school is his or her favorite. (Don’t be surprised if your children answer “recess” or “lunch.”)

Teaching Children Empathy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-04 09:34
Empathy isn't just taking another perspective. Con men can do that. In order to be empathetic, children need to know how to value, respect and understand another person’s points of view, even when they don’t agree.

Tip of the Day August 25

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-04 08:34

Find out if there is another adult who has connected well with your own child. Have they bonded over sports? Do they like the same music? If you can afford it, buy them tickets to attend an event together.

Nine Things to Hate About Packing School Lunches (and How to Fix Them)

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-03 17:43
I choose to pack lunches for my children — but I also choose to make it easier to do.

Weekly Quandary: Should You Push a Child to Play a Sport?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-03 11:25
Have you pushed a child into a sport or onto a team, and was it a success? Or are there other ways of making friends and staying active?

Tip of the Day August 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-09-03 08:34

Be ready for unexpected moments of connection. When your child or another young person starts to talk about something personal, drop everything to pay attention.

Creating a Homework Habit

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-02 13:32
The real point of homework doesn't lie in the completion of the homework. It lies in learning how to sit yourself down and get it done.

Tip of the Day August 23

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:32

Bring your child and one of his or her friends to a museum, concert, or another cultural event that welcomes children.

Homework and Consequences

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:06
I didn’t have to ground him. I just had to carry out our deal. Incomplete homework preparation, no author visit.

Tip of the Day August 22

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-09-01 08:34

Remain firm about your expectations as your kids grow, but expect bumps along the way. As kids change schools, go through puberty, and cope with difficulty, their enthusiasm for school and doing well can wane. Be patient but continue to have high expectations.

Tip of the Day August 21

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-08-31 08:30

Think of your teenager as an adult in training. Teach him or her practical things like how to change a tire, prepare a meal, or create a monthly budget.

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