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Tip of the Day October 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-10-11 07:32

Create traditions with your kids and keep them.

Celebrate It. Rant About It. Either Way, Dinner Must Be Served.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-10 16:25
Someone has to figure out some way for the family to eat. Here's what our dinners will look like next week.

Unwrapping the Comfort of Sameness With Spanish Immersion Elementary School

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-10 11:29
As a missionary's kid, I grew up in speaking a language not my own and playing with children not like me. To find the same experience for my daughter, I had to make her the outsider.

Ta-dah! We Built You a Hut

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-10 08:50
Every year, while others are mapping out their jack-o'-lantern carvings or dusting off boxes of Christmas decorations in the attic, we are building a hut for Sukkot.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-10 08:15
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.

Strategies for Setting Expectations: Insights from and for Parents

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-10 07:31

By: Dr. Gene Roehlkepartain

Setting expectations for our kids is an ongoing challenge for parents. On the one hand, it’s easy to communicate what we expect. Yet that doesn't necessarily go far enough.

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How Do I Know What’s Bullying and What’s Normal Conflict?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-10 06:06
When my daughter first started school, she raced off to school happily each morning. Until, suddenly, she didn't.

The College Essay Consultant’s Son Has No Shoes

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-09 12:44
It’s much easier to brush off your mother than a stranger who is paid to give advice about your college application essays.

Found Money: Return, Rejoice or Share?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-09 08:47
One morning last month, I turned the corner with my 8-year-old daughter and there, on the sidewalk, lay a teaching moment waiting to happen in the form of a crumpled $20 bill.

Tip of the Day September 30

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-09 07:34

Teach children to be responsible for their own behavior and to be considerate of others.

What’s Really for Breakfast?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-09 06:01
If I were faced with a photographer coming to my house to take pictures of breakfast, I'd be very tempted to do it up right.

Heading the PTA, and Challenging the School Board in Colorado

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-08 15:03
Being President of Jefferson County PTA in the midst of the controversy over the U.S. History curriculum has been a wild, exhilarating, if taxing and nerve-wracking, ride.

An Over-the Counter At-Home Conception Aid

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-08 13:44
Women exploring conception aids have a new over-the-counter option.

As Lobbyists and Politicians Shout It Out Over School Lunch, Can Parents Be Heard?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-08 07:46
Big Food lobbying dollars and heated partisan politics threaten the first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in decades. Can parents be heard above the din?

Tip of the Day September 29

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-08 07:30

Be firm and fair, taking care not to overreact when rules are broken. Keep in mind that appropriate, consistent consequences will teach your child to accept responsibility for her or his actions, while harsh punishment will most likely cause resentment.

With Black Students, Some Schools Are More Ready to Punish Than Help

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-07 14:41
My son's school seemed to see him as a bad child, not a child with needs the school could help to address.

The Surprising Value of Journaling an Ordinary Day

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-07 12:26
If you keep a journal, it's not the record of the momentous events that will bring you the most pleasure later. It's the little things.

‘Where Are You Delivering?’ Omaha.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-07 09:18
We are traveling – by car, as a family – 1,200 miles so that I can give birth in Omaha, which is where I am from. The waiting lists to be a part of midwifery practices on the East Coast and the overbooked schedules of its clinicians wore me down.

Tip of the Day September 28

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

Encourage your kids to forgive others. Yes, they can still stand up for themselves, but a generous spirit is a forgiving spirit.

Challenged by My Catholic School’s Choices, and Challenging It in Return

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-10-06 13:54
When I first heard what happened to Barb Webb, a married lesbian and teacher at my former Catholic high school who, after 9 years of teaching there, was fired after she announced her pregnancy, I was shocked—and then I wasn’t.
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