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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Celebrating Earth Day: Outdoor Activities Your Kids – and the Environment – Will Love

    Kids exploring the great outdoors Although initially begun as a holiday in the U.S. only, Earth Day is now celebrated in 192 countries each year. As part of those celebrations, many choose to take the day and spend time outdoors or plant trees in their communities. Without a doubt, it’s a wonderful opportunity to both spread awareness about the issues threatening our planet and to begin working to solve them.

    In addition to being a great day to help our environment, Earth Day is also an excellent time to begin to teach your children about nature, while doing so in a manner that is enjoyable for them as well. Of course, not every child will find spending all day planting saplings inherently enjoyable. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to design fun outdoor activities that children of all ages will enjoy.

    Here are some great outdoor activities that will keep your child engaged, while helping them learn at the same time:

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  5. Parenting College-Age Children

    Mom & College Age DaughterAs recent high school graduates prepare for college or full-time work, they may be ready to break from the reins of family life and discover who they are away from the family nest. This can be extremely challenging for parents who are used to helping their children deal with every drama and emergency, real or imagined.

    College-age children still need parental guidance and support. The question is how to support them and how much support to give.

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