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. I’m Pregnant! Tips for Preparing for a New Baby

    When a woman discovers she is going to be a mother, excitement, joy and curiosity are just a few of the many emotions she might feel. Among the many questions she will wonder about, a few of her primary concerns are proper nutrition, how to prepare for a newborn, and medical next steps.

    Below you will find a few tips to help answer some of these important questions so that she might feel peaceful and prepared during her 40-week journey to motherhood.

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  2. Creative Uses for Leftover Halloween Candy

    Halloween candy leftoversHalloween has passed, leaving behind a mound of lingering treats in the homes of many families. To help keep your children (and you) away from too much sugary indulgence, here are some helpful hints for making good use of leftover candy:

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  3. Consoling a Child Who is Frightened by Halloween and Other Nightmares

    mother consoling a child who was having a scary dreamHalloween can mean costumes, candy, parties and scary movies, but it also can be a tricky time to be a parent. Nightmares sparked by scary movies and costumes can leave your child with dreams that are less than sweet.

  4. Preparing for the Flu Season

    mother taking care of child with fluFootball games, colder temperatures and the start of the holiday season are all exciting parts of Fall. In addition, Fall also marks the start of the flu season. Are you prepared?

    Historically, outbreaks of influenza can begin as early as October and peak flu activity occurs during February according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To help safeguard your family against this viral disease, and so that they can fully enjoy the activities that these fun months have to offer, take the following preventive measures to reduce your chances of catching the flu:

  5. Dear Me When I Grow Up: An Adventure in Inspiration

    child writing a letter to future selfIn a child’s mind, the world is a playground of possibilities. Their utopian aspirations allow them to grow up to become an astronaut, or a famous fashion designer, or to get married, have kids and live in a house with a white picket fence.

    Dreaming of an ideal or exciting future is part of the wonder of childhood, and so this imaginative age is the perfect time to help children realize that they have the power to affect their future.

    A wonderful and fun way for parents and teachers to encourage kids to explore what they’d like for their future to include is to have the children write a letter (or letters) to their future self. In it, have them describe their goals and aspirations and what they’d like their life to be like when they’re grown up.

    Here are some sample questions that children can use to start their brainstorming:

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