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. Bring School Lunches To Life

    Introducing color and creativity when preparing school lunches can be a great way to make sure your children look forward to what you have packed in their lunch boxes for this important mid-day meal. Here are a few ideas to help you make school lunches fun:

    creative lunch ideas to look like a hungry caterpillar

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  2. Ways to Childproof Your Home That Parents Sometime Overlook

    baby walking up stairsParents of small children know the importance of childproofing their home. As babies grow, they develop into curious crawlers and toddlers, causing parents to need to carefully secure certain parts of their home. This typically includes putting latches on cabinets and putting a cover on electrical outlets. There are some additional areas of a home that parents can childproof to help keep their little explorers safe:

  3. Car Seat Safety Checklist

    A happy baby in a safe car seatGuidelines for safe car seats for children continue to change in the footsteps of new studies and technology. The latest recommendations and laws are based on what works and what doesn’t.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), many people who believe that they have the correct car seat for their child actually don’t. In addition, three out of four children in child safety seats aren’t properly secured or aren’t restrained at all because the seats have not been properly installed, notes the NHTSA.

    Your child also may be at risk if your car seat is outdated or is a hand-me-down because the seat may be damaged, recalled, or missing important parts.

    To help ensure that your child travels safely in a car, refer to the car-seat safety checklist below, based on recommendations from the NHTSA.

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  4. Tips: Green is the New Black-to-School

    girls recycling newspaperDuring the past decade, technology has greatly impacted the way that kids learn in a classroom. In addition to desktop computers and television, many schools now use tools such as video conferencing and tablet computers to help bring lessons to life.

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  5. Making Chores Less of a Bore

    father and daughter washing dishes togetherMotivating children to help around the house is not always easy. What if you could motivate your children to undertake household projects more enthusiastically?

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