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. ‘Is the Tooth Fairy Real?’: Deciding whether or not to introduce your child to fictional characters

    Drawing of a tooth fairyEarly in your child’s life, you may face a question that some parents ask themselves and feel a need to answer: Should you introduce fictional characters, such as the Tooth Fairy, to your youngsters? Or, as your child might say, “Is the Tooth Fairy real?”

    There’s of course no clear-cut answer, but there are two basic views concerning what has transitioned during recent decades into a dilemma for some parents:

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  2. Full-Length Video: “Unexpected Life Lessons I’ve Learned From My Dad”

    happy father's day written in crayonWhile we’re growing up, we may be too young to fully appreciate what we learn on a daily basis from our fathers. Sometimes the lessons from dad might be about practical basics, such as how to set up a bank account or how to ride a bike or drive a car. At other times they may have been lighthearted, such as tips about how to wear the same shirt for two days in a row without anybody else realizing it or how to negotiate for the last cookie in the cookie jar.

    Looking back, dad likely gave us some unexpected pointers that we find ourselves using to this day – lessons that we never saw coming and that probably bring a smile to our face whenever we practice them.

    We hope you enjoy watching our video about some unexpected life lessons that some of us have learned from our dads:

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  3. Video: “Unexpected Life Lessons I’ve Learned from My Dad” (Sneak Preview)

    cartoon father and daughter at paradeOh, those funny fathers.

    Although we’re never sure when the moments will happen, we always seem to end up learning unexpected, and sometimes humorous, life lessons from dad over the course of our childhood. Perhaps it’s about how to shoot the perfect crumpled-up paper ball into a waste basket, or how to make the best meal from assorted leftovers. You just never know.

    Watch this sneak preview to see some unexpected lessons, and be sure to check back tomorrow for the full video!

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  4. Places to Take Dad for Father’s Day

    Dad’s baseball cap and gloveFor the upcoming Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, why not think “outside of the box” by giving dad something other than a standard item like tie, cologne or tools? Instead of buying him something, why not take him somewhere? If you’re not sure where to take him, keep it fun, uncomplicated, nearby and inexpensive (since he probably wouldn’t expect an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii).

    Here are some fun and affordable Father’s Day ideas:

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  5. Father’s Day Meals Kids Can Help Make

    Heart-shaped egg on toastYou’ve probably heard the saying, “The quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Whether he’s a gourmet chef or invariably burns the toast, we have yet to meet a dad who doesn’t love a good home-cooked meal.

    Letting dad sleep-in this Father’s Day and cooking him something from the heart can be an easy win. Here are three Father’s Day recipes that children can help you make:

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