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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. Projects for Teaching Your Child About Earth Science

    April 20, 2015

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

    April 17, 2015

    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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  3. Parenting College-Age Children

    April 13, 2015

    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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  4. Teach Your Child to Spell & Pronounce His or Her Name

    April 10, 2015

    Babies wearing nametagsAs soon as your child learns to speak, you’ll want to help him learn to pronounce and spell his or her name. Start with his or her first name and then, once he or she has got that down, you can move on to his middle and last name. Following are some fun activities and tips you can use to teach him his name:

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  5. Is Preschool Right for Your Child?

    April 9, 2015

    Preschool student smilesIf you’ve started thinking about preschool for your child, you’ve probably found yourself wondering: When did this process get so complicated? With preschool waiting lists and 13-page applications not entirely out of the ordinary, finding the right preschool is no longer a straightforward decision. Believe it or not, there are even preschool admissions coaches now!

    However, before you hire a consultant for your two-year-old, you probably have another question when it comes to this early step in your child’s education. It’s a question that a lot of parents are likely to consider but might be embarrassed to ask. While it is often phrased in several ways, it usually boils down to something like this: Is preschool necessary?

    As it turns out, that question is more complicated than it first appears. Here are some things you’ll likely want to consider when it comes time to answer that question:

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