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. 7 Warming Ways to Further Teach Children to Be Thankful, Grateful and Kind

    girl thanking grandparents for a birthday presentHoliday season is a good time to foster feelings of gratitude in children. Here’s a list of seven warming ways for perpetuating goodwill and gratitude in all children, young and old:

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  2. Put Gratitude on the Menu This Thanksgiving Day

    Children Ready to Eat Pumpkin PieThanksgiving will be celebrated on November 27 this year, and families and groups of friends will bond at dinner tables across the country. While a big turkey and a smorgasbord of trimmings are featured at most meals, it’s not what’s on the menu that’s important.

    Giving thanks is the true heart of Thanksgiving, which is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. It’s the theme that gives the holiday lasting meaning and resonance across generations.

    So, as autumn winds down, let’s take time to be thankful for the big and little things in our lives.

    Let’s also have some fun, with this Thanksgiving quiz:

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  3. Six Gifts That Won’t Clutter a Home

    six gift ideas for any occasion

    Winter is approaching and with it comes the season of gift giving. That doesn’t mean you have to give friends and loved ones more “stuff,” however. In fact, giving less “stuff” can mean more to the people on your gift list. Here are some affordable gift ideas for all ages, and which keep on giving and won’t cause clutter:

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  4. Clever Tricks & Tips for Parents

     

    clever tricks and tips for parentsBelow are 8 simple tricks, tips and shortcuts (also sometimes known as “life hacks”) that can help make your life as a parent more productive, efficient and easier, and can help save time, money or stress.

     

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  5. Help Your Family to Guard Against Alzheimer’s

    As a parent, it’s important to encourage healthy brain development in your child from infancy onward, and to take steps to keep your own brain and body sharp. Part of the benefit is that doing so can help guard against Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia.

    November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. More than five million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s or another of the great many kinds of dementia, and two-thirds of them are women.

    According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a woman’s “estimated lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s at age 65 is 1 in 6, compared with nearly 1 in 11 for a man. It’s as real a concern as breast cancer is to women’s health, the association notes, point out that women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s during the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.”

    Although we often associate the risk of getting Alzheimer’s with getting older, maintaining a healthy brain should be a lifelong pursuit. By instilling the need for and making good choices, we not only support our own brain growth but also instill in our children some habits that can last a lifetime.

    Here are some brain-boosting activities for you and your child that you can start doing today:

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