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Snapchat and Teenagers: What Parents Need to Know

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-02-28 09:31

By: Molly Daniels, Guest Blogger

Forget Facebook and Twitter, the new social media tool of choice is Snapchat. The messaging platform boasted 26 million U.S. users at the end of 2013, according to Pew Research.

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Tip of the Day February 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-02-28 09:31

Challenge yourself and your family members to find something new and interesting to try together if you find yourselves sitting around or watching television too often. How about arts and crafts? Sports? Playing instruments?

Waiting for Disney’s First Gay Teenager

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-02-27 13:08
Whenever a teen crush plot line is enacted on any of the many teen sitcom programs designed for maximum pre-teen appeal, the path to true love may take many agonizing twists and turns, but the "love" will be straight every time.

A Lesson on the Common Core

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-02-27 10:17
The state standards have been in the works since 2009 and are now in place at public schools all over the country. But many parents remain confused about what that means.

Tip of the Day February 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-02-27 09:32

Celebrate kids’ firsts and lasts, such as the first day of school or the last game of a sports season.

Older Fathers: Assessing the Risks

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-02-26 17:51
In the most comprehensive study to date of paternal age and offspring mental health, researchers found that “children born to middle-aged men are more likely than those born to younger fathers to develop any of a range of mental difficulties.” But as with most such research, this investigation comes with many caveats.

The Picky Eater Plan: 12 Ideas to Take Back the Dinner Table

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-02-26 14:23
If a child's eating habits are causing trouble at your dinner table, try these ideas to help you return the family meal focus to conversation and togetherness rather than battles over whether young Sally will eat "just one bite."

Need to Fund School Programs? Just Sell Your Kids’ Clothes

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-02-26 13:31
A website that allows parents to fund a school's "extra" educational programs by selling their children's' "gently used" clothing highlights just how askew our system has become.

Reformed Beet-Hater Frank Bruni: Didn’t Like it as a Kid? Try It Now.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-02-26 10:35
Are there really foods that we don’t like, or just foods that we haven’t liked yet?

Tip of the Day February 17

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-02-26 09:30

Encourage elementary-age children to use words rather than actions to express their needs, worries, or fears.

The Official, if Possibly Unnecessary, End of Acetaminophen Use During Pregnancy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-02-25 17:22
A study says children whose mothers used acetaminophen during pregnancy were at higher risk of receiving a hospital diagnosis of hyperkinetic disorders, but caution is needed in considering its results.

Considering a New G.M.O.: Baby

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-02-25 15:18
An F.D.A. panel will convene to consider a fertility procedure that genetically modifies a fertilized or unfertilized human egg.

The Preschool Parent Interview: An Elevator Pitch for My 2-Year-Old

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-02-25 09:31
Maybe the contrived (some might say insane) atmosphere of the parent-preschool interview was actually helping me to see my daughter as an individual — a useful exercise in "detachment" parenting.

Tip of the Day February 16

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-02-25 09:30

Include your children in family discussions and decisions. Be sure to solicit their opinions if they are reluctant to share them.

Parenting When Even Minimum Wage Is Out of Reach

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-02-24 16:01
I live in Milwaukee. They just raised the minimum wage here, but I don't have a job. There's not many options out there.

More Preschool Could Lead to More A.D.H.D. Diagnoses

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-02-24 14:34
Pressure to show success in state- and federally funded preschools may lead to a similar rise in diagnoses in even younger children.

Tip of the Day February 15

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-02-24 09:30

When your children behave in highly emotional ways, try to stay calm. Often they will follow your lead.

Tip of the Day February 14

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-02-23 09:32

Find lots of ways to show your family members that you love them: leave notes where they will find them, do a chore that isn’t your responsibility, give hugs, be kind to one another.

The Price of a Child I Wouldn’t Let Go

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-02-23 08:40
Eleven years ago, when we learned about our then-unborn son's critical heart defects, we chose to fight for him. I've never regretted that choice, but it's a choice that came at a price measured in time, blood and treasure.
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