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. Transitioning Back to Your Day Job After Maternity Leave

    Mom and Baby BoyReturning to work after maternity leave can be difficult and filled with mixed emotions, even for the most organized of moms. Finding a good caregiver, adjusting to your previous work schedule, and getting yourself and baby ready each morning are just some of the challenges that many new moms face. With a little planning, you can be back on top of your game in no time. Below are a few tips to help make your transition back to work seamless, for both you and your newborn.

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  2. Baby Talk is Much More than Babble

    Baby talk – the soft gurgles, squeals and sounds that babies make before they utter their first words – plays an important role in babies’ language development. Scientists say that parents can help their babies to develop language skills by talking to them.

    In a recent study conducted at the University of Washington, scientists played a recorded series of syllables, similar to that of “baby talk” for babies between 7 and 11 months old, and found that the babies’ brain activity surged as a result.

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  3. New Parents: How to Work Toward a Full Night’s Sleep

    Fussy Baby & Sleepy MomMost moms with a newborn experience and are anxious to progress beyond the agony of sleep deprivation. Early on, often newborns eat frequently, sometimes as often as every two hours. Unless you have a helper who can handle several feedings in a row, you’re unlikely to come close to a “full night” of sleep until baby is closer to 2 to 3 months old.

    In the meantime, here are some tips that may help you catch at least some of the elusive zzz’s you once knew so well:

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  4. Feeling Like ‘You’ Again After Becoming a New Parent

    Mom & NewbornA recent article in The New York Times caused a stir online and, possibly, in many households, too. The article, “The Trauma of Parenthood,” cited recent studies linking new parenthood to depression. Although this is commonly referred to as “postpartum depression,” The Times article said that the depression the studies identified were not hormonal in nature. Rather, the studies linked depression to the activity of parenting and noted that both men and women have similar experiences.

    Parenting can be an all-consuming labor of love. With time, you can get back to feeling like “you” again.

    Here are six tips to help ease the transition into new parenthood:

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  5. How to Prepare Your Child for His or Her First Brother or Sister

    Older Sibling Meeting New Little SisterCongratulations, your family is growing! Each new child brings joy and excitement to your life, but preparing your child for a new sibling can be challenging. You want your first-born to continue to feel special, unique and important, while also welcoming a new baby into the family. It’s essential to recognize what this transition means for you, your child, and your family, and to offer parental guidance to your first-born to help ease the transition into the new role of being an older sibling.

    How you’ll approach preparing your first-born for a new sibling depends on such factors as the age and gender of your first child, and the reasons why your family is changing – such as pregnancy, adoption, step child or foster child – among other factors.

    Use these tips as a guide, adjusting them to meet your particular circumstances:

     

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