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Time to Leave the N.I.C.U. Behind

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-03 11:28
We’re as ready as we’re ever going to be to have Evy home with us. We want to be the ones who know her best; right now, the nurses know her much better than we do, because they care for her 85 percent of the time.

Tip of the Day January 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2015-02-03 09:33

Monitor your own comments about other parents and families. Your kids are always listening and we may appear less tolerant than we intend to if we are careless.

Want More Vaccinated Kids? End Religious and Personal Exemptions.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-02 19:53
There is no need to silence or punish parents who choose not to vaccinate their children. If we end exemptions to vaccine requirements for public school attendance, most parents will make a different choice.

Vaccination: How Personal Belief Came to Outweigh Public Health

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:14
The history of the fallacy that led to the current spread of vaccine resistance.

Two Things I Won’t Be Buying Based on Their Super Bowl Ads

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-02 11:45
You made us sad for no reason at all, Nationwide. Low.

Tip of the Day January 23

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2015-02-02 09:32

Give kids room to make and realize their mistakes. Preventing them from learning from mistakes will build a sense of false security and diminish their ability to manage disappointment.

Tip of the Day January 22

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-01 09:35

It can help kids to name feelings to help a conversation move forward. Try something like, “Some kids in this situation might feel angry, sad, or afraid. Do any of those sound true for you?”

Home Schooling, and Teaching, a Child with Down Syndrome

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2015-02-01 08:09
In school, nothing our son did was seen as typical. At home, I’m able to see him as more than a diagnosis, and he’s able to learn.

Tip of the Day January 21

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2015-01-31 09:34

Laugh and be silly as a family. Read comic strips, play pretend, play games, sing out loud . . . it’s the small things that hold us together.

Daughter to Disney: I’ll Take the Tiara, You Keep the Prince

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-30 11:11
Answering questions from the Fairy-Godmothers-in-Training at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a tiny princess reveals that a tiara and hair extensions didn’t change the kid underneath.

Tip of the Day January 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:34

While your values and rules are important, giving your kids the room to develop and express their ideas will not only build their confidence, but will make them less susceptible to peer pressure and undue influence.

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:36
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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