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. Teaching Kids the Difference Between Need and Want

    Mom and daughter shopping for clothesLearning the basic difference between need and want is a skill that your child will carry with him or her well into adulthood. Knowing how to differentiate between the two can help both with your budget today and your child’s future financial success.

    Teaching the difference between need and want can be difficult in some circumstances. As a parent, you want to enable your child to have everything they want in life. However, it’s also important to learn how and when to say no to your child, too.

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  2. Indoor Gardening with Kids: How to Create a Windowsill Herb Garden

    Indoor gardening with kidsSpring has officially sprung. The cold days of winter are hopefully behind us, and with spring comes the promise of warmer weather and new growth. Why not take this opportunity to teach your young children how to plant and care for an herb garden?

    Herbs are not only beautiful, coming in a variety of shapes and colors, but they are pretty easy to grow, which makes them ideal for keeping young children from becoming discouraged. Don’t worry if you have limited space outdoors or if the weather isn’t conducive yet to prolonged outdoor activity. All you need is a windowsill that receives plenty of sunlight.

    This fun project for indoor herb-gardening with kids can introduce your child to gardening from the comfort of your home.

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  3. How to Make a Family Scrapbook with Your Kids

    Mom and daughter scrapbooking togetherLife with children is full of memorable moments and milestones. And, if you’re like many parents, you do your best to try and capture photos of everything as keepsakes for the future. But, what do you do with the photos after you’ve taken them?

    Maybe you print them or have them printed. Maybe you upload them to social media. Or, maybe they sit on your camera or phone until you can find the time to do something with them. Why not turn these photos into a fun arts and crafts project for the whole family?

    Scrapbooking is a fun and budget-friendly way to organize your family photos and create an album that your family is sure to treasure for years to come. Learn how to make a family scrapbook with your kids in seven easy steps.

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  4. Celebrating Accomplishments vs. Bragging about Your Child: The Unspoken Etiquette to Singing Your Kid’s Praises

    Boy with trophyWhen your whole world revolves around your child, you’re often quick to tell anyone who will listen how great your child is. And, with the nature of social media, sharing news of your child’s accomplishments is easier than ever. It’s also easier than ever to fall into the trap of oversharing, and crossing the line from celebration to bragging about your child.

    Sure, you could argue that bragging about your child is one of the rites of passage of being a parent, but there are ways that you can praise your child’s accolades without making other parents or other children feel any less than.

    Consider the following etiquette tips when sharing your child’s accomplishments:

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  5. 4 Ideas for Celebrating Your Child’s Accomplishments

    Family celebrating around dinner tableAccording to Merriam-Webster, an achievement is simply something that has been accomplished through effort – the result of hard work. For children, an “achievement” could refer to any number of things.

    Whether it’s acing a test, nailing an audition or tryout, making the honor roll, or meeting any other goal, it’s important to take the time to recognize and celebrate your child’s accomplishments.

    Here are four ways to acknowledge achievements, big and small, in your child’s life:

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