Parenting Tips

Advice for raising well-balanced children

When you left the hospital to take your newborn home for the first time, you may have hoped that the baby bag contained some kind of manual giving parental advice on how to handle the next 18-plus years. Then you remembered that babies don't come with a set of instructions for parents on how to teach a child values, resolve a conflict with a sibling or help a child study for an upcoming test. Our tips for parents can help prepare you for various situations, as well as provide ideas for activities that you can enjoy as a family.

  1. New-Parent Fears: Nipping Typical Worries in the Bud

    newborn babyIt’s natural for first-time parents to feel anxious: You’re new at this and haven’t had a chance to gain confidence in your abilities. You’re also not alone in feeling anxious, for many a parent was once in your shoes.

    Take a deep breath, relax and don’t worry, you’ll be fine. Here are some suggestions to help allay typical new parent fears:

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  2. Super Mom! Why Our Mothers are Superheroes

    super momChildren may idolize superhero characters in comic books or on the big screen, but this month we pay tribute to real-life superheroes – mothers!

    The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a superhero as “a fictional hero having extraordinary or superhuman powers; an exceptionally skillful or successful person.” The second definition certainly seems an accurate description of the moms in our lives.

    What makes the mother in your life a superhero? 

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  3. How to Make Restaurant Busy-Bags for Your Toddler

    Toddler sisters coloring in restaurantKeeping toddlers entertained at home can seem like a mission in itself, but how can you keep your little one occupied while trying to enjoy a meal out? It’s a luxury that doesn’t happen too often.

    Enter restaurant busy bags. They’re a great way to help keep your child quietly occupied, whether at a restaurant, or the waiting room of a doctor’s office, or elsewhere.

    A busy bag usually consists of simple, budget-friendly activities that parents can make in advance and keep ready-to-go at a moment’s notice.

    Want to make a busy bag? Here are some suggestions:

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  4. A Parent’s Guide to After-School Jobs

    Teen girl working in coffee shopFor many teenagers, having a job is both a rite of passage and their first venture into the “real world.” What do parents need to know about after-school jobs for teens?

    The U.S. Department of Labor website, Youth Rules!, has a great many resources for teens who are either looking for a job or are currently employed.

    Does your teen want to get a job? Here are some guidelines:

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  5. 4 Tips for an Easier Nap Time with Your Toddler

    Napping toddlerIn the busy life of a toddler, having to stop playtime in order to take a nap may well seem like it’s the end of the world. Nevertheless, most active toddlers need naps.

    Daytime sleep not only is important for a child’s healthy growth and development, but it can also do wonders as a short, refueling break for parents.

    Does your child fight against daily naps? Here are four toddler nap-time tips to help make it go a little more smoothly:

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