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. The Common Core: What Parents Need to Know

    Students Learning in the ClassroomA new study from the University of Connecticut polled parents about the Common Core, the new education standards that have been enacted in 44 states nationwide to better prepare students for the world of tomorrow. Of the parents who responded, 39% weren’t even aware that the standards existed.

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  2. The Best WORST Dad Jokes of All Time

    the best worst dad jokes of all timeIt often seems that a man’s sense of humor evolves when he becomes a father. He develops a remarkable and uncanny ability to work puns and cheesy one-liners into everyday conversations. His family, often lovingly (and cringingly), is likely to refer to such quips as a “Dad joke.”

    Some people find that Dad jokes are so bad that they’re actually kind of good.

    To celebrate the sense of humor of fathers everywhere, whether it’s corny or wonderful, we’ve compiled some “Best WORST Dad Jokes” supplied by five dads who’ve used them.

    One has to admit…the jokes have “Dad” written all over them.

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  3. 5 Activities to Celebrate Grandparents Day

    Grandma painting with granddaughterIt is said that by the year 2030, one in every five Americans will be older than 65, marking the first time in the United States that people age 65 and older will outnumber children under the age of five.

    As the senior-citizen community continues to grow, it’s important to do what each of us can to honor and promote respect for older generations by people of all ages, in a culture known for emphasizing “youth” and “new” rather than honoring age and wisdom.

    Grandparents Day on Sunday, Sept. 13 is yet another opportunity to do just that. Here are five Grandparents Day activities to help your family celebrate:

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  4. 5 Ways Parents Can Get Involved in their Child’s Education

    Mother helping son with homeworkAs a parent, it can be frustrating when your child seemingly is not receiving the attention at school that you believe he or she needs. Sometimes, the child’s teacher or the school or even the child may be limited in what they can do. Sometimes, the cause may be the quality of the education, or overcrowding in classrooms, or the lack of special education and/or honors classes. Or, sometimes the child may be in need of eyeglasses, or the subject of bullying, or simply bored for lack of a greater challenge.

    What can you do as a parent? Parental support plays a crucial role in childhood education, regardless of a child’s age or grade level.

    Here are some ideas for parental involvement in education that can help your child do well in school:

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  5. Teaching Your Child to be a Creative Thinker and Innovator

    children playing with blocksThe term “innovation” has become an often-heard buzzword. News reports and articles refer to “innovative” companies and encourage more “innovation” from young Americans. “Innovation,” it seems, is everywhere.

    The impact of creativity and innovation has been around since the dawn of time and is a legacy of great thinkers. Now that the ability to innovate is an increasingly desired quality among employers, what does this mean for parents?

    Can parents help their children to develop this trait, or is it inborn? Does it require a well-rounded education? Is it the result of a combination of factors? How can parents encourage their children to come up with ideas and solutions and to embrace traits like curiosity, questioning, exploring, dreaming, reading, learning, as well as thinking creatively, critically and spatially?

    For those wondering how to teach innovation to their children, here are three ways to start:

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