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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. Happy Haunting: Halloween Traditions are filled with tricks and treats

    October 6, 2014

    Girl in Halloween CostumeGet ready to welcome ghosts and ghouls. Prepare to indulge in the gory and the grotesque, and the walking pumpkins. Halloween is upon us again.

    This bewitching holiday marked on October 31 dates back more than 2,000 years, to Celtic celebrations of the harvest and the coming of winter. It was known as “All Hallows’ Eve,” since it fell on the eve of the Christian observance of All Saint’s Day, November 1.

    Halloween is steeped in traditions and customs, and the boundaries blur between the worlds of the living and the dead. This focus on the mystical and macabre has spawned the holiday’s association with scary characters such as ghosts, witches, warlocks, vampires and zombies.

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  2. Six Lessons You Can Learn from your Child

    October 3, 2014

    baby makes a mess playing with spaghettio’sMany parents lament that their children grow up way too fast. The first few years of a child’s life seem to rush by in a flurry of first smiles, foods and shaky steps. When another birthday arrives, parents suddenly realize how quickly their child has grown.

    As you observe your little girl or boy sitting on the floor stacking colorful blocks, or attempting to toddle from one piece of furniture to the next, or engrossed in an effort to get a bite of birthday cake from plate to mouth, think about all of the life skills you’ve taught your child during the course of the past year. Then, take a moment to reflect on the lessons that your child can teach you!

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  3. What Popeye Taught Us About Eating Veggies & More Tips

    October 1, 2014

    boy posing his musclesMany parents remember Popeye the Sailor Man’s undeniably strong muscles and endless ability to save the day. He credited his strength and bravery to none other than spinach, and adults seized an opportunity to offer the green vegetable to their children. “You want to be strong like Popeye, now don’t you?”

    The truth is that this kind of influence does work. With positive creativity and a little inspiration – such as from Popeye – the following tips can help teach our children how to eat more healthfully.

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  4. 30 Ways to Keep Babies Safe

    September 30, 2014

    Life is full of wonderful adventures, and your family will, no doubt, experience quite a few of them. Ensure your children stay safe through the hiking, biking, road trip, vacation, and at-home moments by following these helpful baby safety tips from Gerber Life.


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  5. A New Parent’s Guide: Managing Responsibilities at Home and Work

    September 29, 2014

    business woman busy at desk with babyFor most mothers and fathers, parenting is the most rewarding and important aspect of their lives. Because many parents must also work, striking a balance between a career and home life can be a bit tricky for a new parent. Below are a few ideas to help guide new parents through the transition from bottles and bibs to co-workers and computers.