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Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-17 07:52
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 October 7

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-17 07:33

Set clear limits on your children’s technology use, and make sure that your kids know the consequences for going over the limits.

Your Child Has Lice? Spread the Word.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-17 06:04
If we want to have any chance at defeating, or better yet avoiding, lice, we’re going to have to be willing to talk about them.

It’s 3 O’Clock. You’re at Work. Where Are Your Kids?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-16 12:24
Many parents have grown so accustomed to the need to cobble together an after-school plan that we overlook the challenge those hours present to families who are already over-stretched.

Want to Ace That Test? Get the Right Kind of Sleep

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-16 10:56
Sleep is learning, of a very specific kind. "Sleep Study Skills" can help our teenagers game the system — and get enough sleep.

The Mid-Semester Organization Regroup

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-16 08:15
An inspection of a fifth grader's backpack shows that student organization is a work in progress.

Tip of the Day October 6

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-16 07:32

Ask your child what her or his goals are. Help your child think of how time spent on different activities helps or hinders efforts to reach those goals.

Parent to Parent: When Play Dates Go Wrong

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-15 15:09
When I dropped my child's friend off after a visit, my fellow mother came out onto the driveway. "How'd it go?" The answer was "not well," but I didn't know how, or whether, to say it.

Hindsight, Hospitals and Why We Got the Flu Vaccine This Year

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-15 12:46
I spent three days with my 3-year-old in the hospital last winter, regretting all the justifications I'd given myself for turning down the flu vaccine at the pediatrician's office.

Saying it Loudly: I Had a Miscarriage

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-15 08:34
Why do we rarely talk about pregnancy loss, though the statistics are staggering? Sharing our stories may be the best way to help other families with their grief.

Tip of the Day October 5

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-15 07:34

Display your kids’ artwork in your home.

Even the Tooth Fairy Has Regrets

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-14 14:42
Fall is rushing toward winter, and maybe there just isn't enough fall fun to be had to make up for it.

My Son, the Live Peanut Allergy Science Experiment

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-14 14:36
Our son is allergic to peanuts, and medically supervised experimentation—a byproduct of desperation, and fear—is the best we have to offer him.

Driving Halfway Across the Country to Have a Baby

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-14 09:12
It's a lot of work to pack up your 4- and 2-year old sons and drive home to the Midwest to have a baby, but there are benefits. I'll be surrounded by friends and family, and have room to breathe.

Tip of the Day October 4

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-14 07:30

Too often when we’re upset, we focus all of our energy on what we want to say, what we want to teach. Take time to listen to your child.

Wanted: Books for Middle Schoolers Who Aren’t Yet ‘Teens’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-13 12:48
“People suddenly assume my seventh grader has become a self-obsessed jerk, lost in her iPhone and touching up her lip gloss. Nothing could be further from the truth. She wants great books, but not necessarily teen books,” and it’s hard to fit the bill.

The ‘Save the Princess’ Message Hurts Boys, Too

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-13 09:08
Do all princes just sort of wander around, hoping for a dragon to slay and a damsel in distress to kiss? What if they are not the rescuing type? What if they are scared of the dragon?

Tip of the Day October 3

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-13 07:35

Whenever you talk with other parents, be sure to tell them what you like about their kids.

Tip of the Day October 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-12 07:34

Set aside some informal time each day for your family to talk with no distractions, such as a family dinner.

My Toddler, Bartleby

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-10-12 06:41
The “terrible twos” are merely the beginning of a futile attempt to tame the Bartleby in each of us.
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