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. Preparing for the First Ride Home with a New Baby

    Crying Newborn in Car SeatWhen you’re a new parent, it’s common to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do before and after the baby is born, since you will not find user instructions or an owner’s manual. Your nurses will be helpful, as well as friends and family, but people sometimes forget what it’s actually like to be a new parent and so may take for granted much-needed advice.

     

    Because you have many things on your mind when you’re trying to buckle-in baby for the first ride home, it’s wise to handle major preparations in advance. Here are some key points to remember:

     

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  2. Are You Reading Too Many Parenting Books?

    Pregnant Woman Reading Parenting BookScores of parenting books are published every year, often with opposing titles and recommendations. Every parent wants to do right by their children, and many are turning to parenting books in order to gain skills, knowledge and ideas.

    Can parenting books hurt more than they help?

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  3. Realizing Your Childhood Dreams: Ways for Achieving your Life’s Goals

    Boy Pretending to be an Astronaut Each person’s goals and ambitions are unique. Some are challenges of will and self, such as running a marathon; others require great skill, such as being a professional musician; while still others may, in part, be based on luck or on being in the right place at the right time, such as getting to meet a famous person or winning the lottery.

    If you’re open to opportunities, you can make realizing your childhood dreams a reality. Here are some tips on how to get there:

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  4. 10 Nostalgic Toys from Your Childhood

    Toys have a way of taking you back to your younger self, to the days when you were carefree and green to the ways of the world. If you were growing up during the 1980s or ’90s, you likely knew the lyrics to the “Full House” theme song, associated back-to-school shopping with florescent unicorn folders, and would save a week’s worth of allowance to buy a set of limited-edition Pogs. Are you a child of the mid-1980s to early ’90s? Here are 10 toys you probably loved and may still be hoarding in your attic:

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  5. Bringing the Family Together, Peacefully

    Family Arriving at Grandma’s HouseGrowing up, you may have watched TV holiday specials in awe as families gathered around a feast or a decorated tree and talked about the greatest gift of all being love. What about family members who you may love, but whose behavior you may not always like?

    When people come together from different sides of the family – and different walks of life –  an opera often ensues.

    Help to diffuse it by following these tips for keeping the peace in your household this holiday season:

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