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Summer Car Safety: Look Before You Lock, and More

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-11 15:21
The terrible accusations against the father alleged to have intentionally left his toddler to die in a hot car in Georgia make it too easy to mentally file the death under the category "things that will never happen to my family."

Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-11 13:40
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.

‘All My Friends Are White’

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-11 09:23
My son is black, but I’m not. Neither is his mother. We live in Singapore, where we don't have that many friends of any color. I wish I had friends to give my son, but I don't.

Tip of the Day July 2

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-11 08:34

Give your kids some downtime to choose what they want to do.

Tip of the Day July 1

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-11 08:34

Need a summer project to do with your kids? Grow food you can eat like herbs, tomatoes, carrots, or strawberries. All you need is some dirt, a pot, and seeds.

We Tell Kids to ‘Go to Sleep!’ We Need to Teach Them Why.

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-10 11:14
Sleep does so much more for our bodies than preventing us from being tired tomorrow, but most parents don't tell our children that. Educating kids about the importance of sleep leads them to sleep more.

5 Ways to Teach Kids About Money at the Grocery Store

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-10 09:52
We all want things. It's not a character flaw. But financial savvy starts with understanding the difference between "want" and "need."

Tip of the Day June 30

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Thu, 2014-07-10 08:34

Help your kids clean their rooms. Put on music they like and dance (or sing) as your work. Getting your kids to do household chores >>

Parent on a Smartphone, With Almost No Guilt

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-09 13:14
Smartphones can make us more present as parents—or not.

Stir-Fries, Mastered. Next Up, the Easy Vegetarian Gratin

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-09 11:07
Looking for an easy way to incorporate vegetables into a simple summer meal? This week, the meat-loving Ruder family tries a gratin.

Tip of the Day June 29

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Wed, 2014-07-09 08:31

Stop power struggles with your kids by remaining calm. Then offer choices to break log jams.

Summer Camp: The Debate

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-08 13:29
Should you send your children away to summer camp? Reasonable parents can disagree, and Bruce Feiler and I do.

The No Longer Reluctant Sperm Donor

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-08 12:53
When my friends Tori and Kelly first asked me to be their sperm donor, I was reluctant. But I quickly became fully invested in their process, and far more aware of how widespread infertility is.

Weekly Quandary: Children With a Single Focus

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-08 11:33
A parent asks: My 6-year-old gets very passionate about certain topics and tends to focus only on those topics. Should I try really hard to strike more of a balance?

Tip of the Day June 28

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Tue, 2014-07-08 08:30

Break new tasks into small, manageable steps that children can master without becoming too frustrated.

Watching the World Cup, and Watching Children See Dishonesty Pay Off

Motherlode Blog Feeds - Mon, 2014-07-07 12:14
We sports fans often think that had it not been for the other team's misbehavior, our team would have won. In soccer, that's more likely to be true—which makes soccer more difficult to watch with kids.

Tip of the Day June 27

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Mon, 2014-07-07 08:32

Recognize the major, positive influence you have on your kids—and on the kids around you.

Tip of the Day June 26

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sun, 2014-07-06 08:32

Talk with your kids when they make money mistakes. (All of them do!) Discuss how to make better money choices next time.

Tip of the Day June 25

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Sat, 2014-07-05 08:34

Soothe your kids when they get upset. Teach them how to calm themselves down in healthy ways.

Tip of the Day June 24

ParentFurther RSS Feeds - Fri, 2014-07-04 08:31

Eat a meal as a family. Encourage everyone to talk. Ask about what they’re interested in or what gets them excited.

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