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. Nurturing Your Child’s Dreams and Ambitions

    Boy wearing police hatAsking your child what he or she wants to be when all grown up can be a lot of fun for parents as well as for the child. The imaginations of young children can be astounding. One week your child may want to be a firefighter, and the next week a great chef, and the next week a professional athlete. By giving children the tools to realize their ambitions, we can show them that, with some work and planning, their dreams are attainable.

    Here are some ways to help nurture your child’s dreams:

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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