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Raising, and Understanding, the Class Clown

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-03-05 17:16
Making people laugh makes my son feel good, and feeling good is better than feeling uncomfortable when you don't know what to do or how to do it. I know, because I do the same thing.

How Can I ‘Talk to My Kids About Vaping’ if I Don’t Really Know What That Means?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-03-05 15:25
I thought I needed to talk to my children about e-cigarettes, but I don't even have the name right. In fact, I don't even know the right verb.

Tip of the Day February 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-03-05 09:31

Intentionally start conversations with your kids about honesty, friendships, giving to others, and making tough decisions so that you can hear how their values are taking shape.

It’s Harder to Age in Hollywood. Where Is It Harder to Raise Kids?

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-03-04 17:02
Hollywood makes going to extremes to maintain even the false illusion of a youthful face seem natural. Do some parts of the country push us to similar extremes when it comes to raising families?

Learning the Rules of the Preschool Application Game

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-03-04 11:11
In the world of elite Manhattan preschool applications, you have to find a way to play the game without letting the results matter too much — to you, or to your child.

Tip of the Day February 23

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-03-04 09:33

Realize that in order to learn from mistakes, children have to make mistakes. Don’t blow up when they make a poor choice. Don’t rescue them from natural consequences.

Tip of the Day February 22

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-03-03 09:31

Help your children understand the difference between what we can and can’t control. For example, we can control what we say and do; we can’t control what other people say and do.

Tip of the Day February 21

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-03-02 09:32

Teach your children that kids who pressure them to do things they know they shouldn’t do are not true friends at all. Talk about times when you had to let go of a friendship that wasn’t helpful to you.

How the ‘Trophy for Just Showing Up’ Is Earned

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Sun, 2014-03-02 08:57
The participation trophy may be considered a sorry relic of the self-esteem movement. But to me, it represents a season of struggle.

Tip of the Day February 20

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-03-01 09:32

Allow your child to express their opinions on various subjects, even (or especially) if they differ from yours. Kids feel supported when they know you value their opinions.

Getting Up in the Night Is Your Wife’s Job

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-02-28 10:41
When I complained to my mother about how little sleep I was getting when my oldest son was an infant, she asked me why I'd get up in the night — that, she said, was my wife's job. Six years later, I'm still getting up in the night, but now I'd give her a different answer.

Snapchat and Teenagers: What Parents Need to Know

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-02-28 09:31

By: Molly Daniels, Guest Blogger

Forget Facebook and Twitter, the new social media tool of choice is Snapchat. The messaging platform boasted 26 million U.S. users at the end of 2013, according to Pew Research.

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Tip of the Day February 19

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-02-28 09:31

Challenge yourself and your family members to find something new and interesting to try together if you find yourselves sitting around or watching television too often. How about arts and crafts? Sports? Playing instruments?

Waiting for Disney’s First Gay Teenager

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-02-27 13:08
Whenever a teen crush plot line is enacted on any of the many teen sitcom programs designed for maximum pre-teen appeal, the path to true love may take many agonizing twists and turns, but the "love" will be straight every time.

A Lesson on the Common Core

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-02-27 10:17
The state standards have been in the works since 2009 and are now in place at public schools all over the country. But many parents remain confused about what that means.

Tip of the Day February 18

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-02-27 09:32

Celebrate kids’ firsts and lasts, such as the first day of school or the last game of a sports season.

Older Fathers: Assessing the Risks

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-02-26 17:51
In the most comprehensive study to date of paternal age and offspring mental health, researchers found that “children born to middle-aged men are more likely than those born to younger fathers to develop any of a range of mental difficulties.” But as with most such research, this investigation comes with many caveats.
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