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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.

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.
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