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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.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-09 08:25
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.

The One-Word Resolution

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-08 15:29
"A word can’t be broken. It serves as a reminder; a filter. It’s who you want to be instead of what you regret."

The Risk of ‘Material Parenting’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:47
Does dangling goods in front of children as a reward for good behavior or yanking them away as a form of punishment contribute to materialism when those kids grow up?

Talking to Your Teenager About Online Pornography

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:23
Start here: “We need to talk about Internet pornography; there are a few things I want to be sure you know,” and continue to the things your family considers the most important.

Tip of the Day December 29

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2015-01-08 08:33

Expect more conflict over boundaries as kids go through transition stages, such as beginning to walk, first going to school, entering puberty, or becoming more independent during the high-school years.

For January, Cooking the Pantry (and Freezer, and Fridge) Dry

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-07 15:00
In keeping with the frugal spirit of January, this month, we’ll be buying little, and using up a lot.

‘Redshirting’ Kindergarten-Age Kids Can Lead to Regrets

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-07 14:30
Because wealthier, better educated parents ‘redshirt’ while others don't, a kindergarten classroom can include 4-year-olds who have never been to preschool and can’t sit still, and 6-year-olds who are fluently reading chapter books and ready for advanced math.

When GoFundMe Is the Safety Net

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-07 11:35
Families and parents using GoFundMe for what should be small setbacks like car repairs and rent increases have been all over my social media of late.

Tip of the Day December 28

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2015-01-07 08:31

Be consistent with the boundaries you set and what you do when they’re violated. Kids are quick to pick up on rules that you don’t enforce.

The Child-Averse Sperm Donor

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-06 12:04
I could lose a finger or two and still count on one hand the number of kids I’ve had more than a passing conversation with in my life. What if I can’t connect with children, even those that share my biological imprint?

Resolutions for a Year of Change in a Military Family

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-06 09:13
With deployment hanging over our heads, 2015 will come with incredible challenges for our marriage, our children and ourselves. I'm resolving to take care of myself as well as my children, accept help when we need it, give it where we can and appreciate our beautiful mess.

Tip of the Day December 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-01-06 08:30

Notice and comment when your child does something well. Be specific.

6-Year-Olds at the Spa: Understandable, Not Laudable

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-05 14:38
Those spas for little girls aren't really about little girls at all. They're about parents looking for something special in a world where very little is “special” anymore.

Tip of the Day December 26

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-01-05 08:30

Let your child earn more freedoms as he or she shows more responsibility.

In Fervent Support of the ‘Gap Year’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-01-04 07:00
I worried that my daughter's decision to take a gap year would mean she'd never go to college. I shouldn't have.
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