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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Easing the Transition to Caregiver for an Elderly Parent

    Father and grown son sitting on porchEach situation differs, but the scenarios are similar: One day you turn around and suddenly realize that your parents are getting older and need help with day-to-day living. When this time comes, it can be difficult for everyone involved. Having a plan in place before it’s needed can therefore go a long way toward alleviating some of the stress.

    Before you find yourself taking care of elderly parents, here are some tips to help facilitate the transition to caregiver:

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  4. Finding Work-Life Balance as a Single Parent

    Mother and daughter talking on cell phonesFor a single parent, it can seem as if work never ends. Not only do you play the role of breadwinner and sole provider, but you also play the role of caretaker and homemaker. Without a partner on board to share some of the responsibility, anything that even remotely resembles a work-life balance can seem, well, laughable.

    It’s not uncommon for single parents who work outside of the home to feel guilty for having to spend time away from their children. They will often attempt to offset feelings of guilt by spending every non-working spare or “free” moment with their children.

    It may not be easy, but it is possible – and necessary – to juggle everyone’s schedules and yet manage to find some time for yourself.

    Here are five tips to help single parents find work-life balance:

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  5. Practical Baby Nursery Ideas to Consider

    Nursery door signDesigning a nursery is an exciting part of preparing for your baby’s arrival. And while it can be easy to lose track of time searching for baby nursery ideas online and through baby magazines, there are some practical items that every nursery needs. Here are four important things that all new parents should consider when setting up a nursery.

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