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. Thoughtful Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week

    Teacher standing in front of classAll across the United States during the first full week in May, parents and students and school systems join forces to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a cumulative and happy way to thank teachers for the all-important work that they do, as the foundation for the world of tomorrow.

    What are some ways for you and your child to honor a teacher during this time? We’ve compiled a few gift ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week that will surely be welcomed:

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  2. 3 Mother’s Day Gifts That Children Can Make

    mothers day gift ideasHomemade Mother’s Day gifts are an ideal way to get your children involved and to add a personal touch that any mother, aunt or grandparent will undoubtedly love.

    The three Mother’s Day gift ideas below mostly involve steps that children can complete, but some steps will require adult assistance. Make sure that a parent is present to guide children through the process, and to help when necessary.

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  3. Affordable Family “Staycation” Ideas

    Father and daughter cook while campingIf expensive vacation trips are out of the cards, opting for a vacation that’s close to home — a “staycation” — might be a perfect fit for your family. Plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy await within driving distance of your home.

    Here are some family ”staycation” ideas:

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  4. How to Teach Children Patience

    Impatient ChildDo your kids interrupt you when you’re speaking, demand a refill at the dinner table, and need constant attention? You’re not alone. It’s natural for kids to be impatient. As a parent, it’s how you address impatience that can mean the difference between raising a patient, well-adjusted child or an impatient child who grows up to be an impatient adult.

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  5. Projects for Teaching Your Child About Earth Science

    Girl holding science projectAh, the school science fair. You probably remember it fondly. Although those days are behind you, your child will at some point need to create and carry out his or her own earth science project.

    There are plenty of earth science projects that will allow your child to learn while also having fun. Here are a few of our favorites:

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