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Tip of the Day October 25

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-11-03 08:30

Tell your children you love them often, but show them you love them through your actions every day. It’s easy to say, “I love you”, but the little, everyday things you model (like patience, kindness, courage, and persistence) are really what make a difference in the long run.

Tip of the Day October 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-11-02 08:32

Monitor your activity level. Yes, you will always have a long to-do list. Discern what really needs to be done—and what can wait (so you can spend some time with your child).

When a Teacher Is Arrested for Child Pornography, Students Will Talk

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-11-02 06:37
When a teacher at my children's elementary school was arrested, the school sent an email asking parents to have older children keep quiet to protect the younger kids. But it's impossible to put a stop to playground talk.

Tip of the Day October 23

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-11-01 07:30

Be clear about your values and why you have the values that you do. Kids can’t resist negative peer pressure if they don’t know what’s right—and what’s wrong.

Candy. It’s What’s for Dinner.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-31 12:51
I'll be cooking next week, but I'm sure not cooking tonight!

More Children Means More Work Productivity, Study Suggests

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-31 12:12
Researchers found that over the course of a 30-year career in academia, both female and male economists who were parents outperformed academic economists without children at almost every stage of their careers.

An Illustrated Guide to Eight Kinds of Halloween Candy You Won’t Like and Should Give to Me Immediately

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-31 11:01
Heath bars. Twix. Reeses. Spree. Seriously, you'd just hate those. Isn't your bucket getting awfully heavy anyway?

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-31 07:50
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 22

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-10-31 07:32

Ask your co-parent what you can do to ease her or his stress level.

At This House, Only the Kids in Good Costumes Get Good Candy

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-30 12:45
Should you reward those who obey the unwritten rules of Halloween — dress up, be a child, say "trick-or-treat" — with better sweets?

Sororities: Sisterhood, With More Than One Price Tag

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-30 11:32
Sorority life is expensive, and not all the costs are financial.

Why Teenagers Cut, and How to Help

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-30 08:47
In the mind of a teenager who self-injures, cutting helps regulate emotions, and strategies that might help most teens can backfire.

Tip of the Day October 21

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-30 07:34

Know that your kids will get bored. It’s part of growing up. As their brains go through changes, children go through periods when they are able to easily find things to do—and times when they aren’t.

Tip of the Day October 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-10-30 07:34

Follow your child’s lead on Halloween. If he or she wants to go trick-or-treating, find a safe way for this to happen. If your child isn’t interested in Halloween, don’t make a big deal of it.

Pregnant? Working? A New Resource for Knowing Your Rights.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-29 14:11
An easy-to-use, state-by-state resource for pregnancy and parenting laws.

One Boy, 17 Official Incident Reports and a Better Kind of Discipline

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-29 13:42
Everyone wants kids to be safe in school — even us parents of the "bad" kids. But punitive approaches have high costs: Instead of being helped, misbehaving kids are pushed out. Schools need to try something else.

What to Do When Your Daughter Gets Her Period, Too Young or Right on Time

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-29 13:02
If you're the parent of a girl, inevitably at some point, she will emerge from the bathroom or come home from school and inform you (not in these words) that her menstrual cycle has begun. Be ready.

Tip of the Day October 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-10-29 07:35

When your child comes to you with a conflict, don’t do all the problem solving yourself. Encourage him or her to develop solutions. (Intervention may be appropriate, of course, if there is a danger of physical injury.)

How Col. Jeanette McMahon, Retired Military Widow, Does It

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-28 11:35
Right after my husband's death, we were all struggling. Now, with two of my sons out of high school and only one living at home, I can finally think about what to do next.

When the Diagnosis Is Rare, Parents May Know More Than Professionals

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-10-28 11:02
It’s fine for parents to have more expertise than the pediatrician. In fact, sometimes it’s necessary.
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