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. Simple Ways to Fit Volunteering at Your Child’s School into Your Schedule

    Parent with flashcards at schoolYoung children can find it exciting to see mom or dad in the classroom, and teachers are always looking for parent volunteers in schools. Volunteering at your child’s school is a great way to show your children how much you value their education and to be involved in what’s going on at school. It can be lots of fun, and there is no shortage of opportunities.

    For busy parents, however, it can be challenging to find the time. Consider these simple ways to make volunteering at your child’s school fit into your busy schedule:

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  2. Reminiscing: Six Least-Favorite Halloween Treats from Childhood

    Children checking out candy from trick-or-treatingDo you remember the excitement of Halloween as a child and going trick-or-treating? Just as exciting (or arguably more exciting) was returning home and checking out the candy you collected. A typical scenario: You dumped your Halloween haul on the dining room table and were surprised to find…an eraser? Although probably well-intentioned, your youthful mind likely thought it was a trick of some sort.

    Join us for a stroll down memory lane as we reminisce about our least-favorite Halloween treats that we received as a child:

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  3. Hosting an All-Ages Halloween Party

    Woman and children in Halloween costumesHalloween sometimes seems like the ultimate holiday for kids, but there are plenty of ways for fun to be had by all. One great way is an all-ages Halloween party.

    Here are some ideas for hosting a Halloween party for all ages, to help ensure that your monster bash is unforgettable for all the little ghouls and grown-up goblins in attendance:

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  4. Seven Family Movies for Halloween

    Family watching scary movieScary movies seem to resurge around Halloween time, but all Halloween movies don’t have to fit that genre. Our round-up of some of the all-time best Halloween movies for families guarantees a great night at home after a late afternoon or evening of trick-or-treating.

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  5. Three Steps for Finding Suitable Child Daycare

    Teacher coloring with studentsAfter the birth of a child, parents sometimes struggle with going back to work and the need to find child daycare, regardless of how many other children they have or how old the children are. For first-time parents, finding and accepting the need for child daycare can seem daunting.

    Knowing that your child is being well taken care of in daycare can help to make the transition easier. Need help finding child care? We’ve broken down the process into the following three steps:

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