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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.

Tip of the Day August 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-09-05 08:32

Ask your children and their friends to select a service project. Schedule an event where they can all volunteer together.

‘Pretesting’ and Other New Ideas to Help Kids Learn

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-04 17:41
New research in learning offers new techniques for students: Play teacher. Take a break. Walk around. Get some sleep.

Tip of the Day August 26

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-04 17:33

Ask what your child thinks of school—some have a strong attachment, while others feel uncomfortable or unattached. Ask your son or daughter which part of school is his or her favorite. (Don’t be surprised if your children answer “recess” or “lunch.”)

Teaching Children Empathy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-09-04 09:34
Empathy isn't just taking another perspective. Con men can do that. In order to be empathetic, children need to know how to value, respect and understand another person’s points of view, even when they don’t agree.
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