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. Welcome Summer! It’s Time to Enjoy Fun in the Sun

    Children Running on BeachSummer is hard to beat. We love the season for its barbecues, baseball, beach days and water sports, and also for its celebrations of family milestones including graduations and weddings. Some of us will get down to earth and create a vegetable garden. Others will take to the trails for hiking or biking. Still others will slap on some sunscreen, plop down in a backyard lounge chair, and enjoy an instant vacation.

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  2. Happy Father’s Day: Let’s Hear It for Dad!

    Father carrying daughterIt’s time once again for dads to take their place in the spotlight. When Father’s Day arrives on June 15, we’ll have many ways to honor the man who gave us life and/or love.

    Americans have been setting aside time in June to celebrate dads since the early 20th Century. However, Father’s Day only became an official observance in 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed the law establishing it as a permanent national holiday. Mother’s Day had already been an official holiday for 58 years.

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  3. Can e-Books Be Bad for Reading Comprehension?

    Young Girl Reading a BookThey could be. A few recent studies indicate that e-books may negatively affect reading comprehension due to the very things that attract kids, including audio and animation. All of this interaction, The New York Times reports, can disrupt reading fluidity and interfere with reading comprehension.

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  4. Summer Mini-Vacations: Budget-Friendly Day Trips and Short Trips for the Next Family Adventure

    family bikingFor families with kids, summer can be long, and hot and – say it with us – borrrrring. Though – if you plan accordingly – you don’t have to spend a lot of time or a lot of money to create a summer full of fun family adventure. Make memories this summer and do some crucial family bonding with a “mini” vacation, perfect for families with kids.

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  5. Mother’s Day Quiz

    family hugging

    Celebrating all the women who enrich our lives!

    It’s such a wonderful rite of spring: the bond we celebrate with our mothers every year on the second Sunday in May. When Mother’s Day arrives this year, we’ll once again pull out all the stops to show how much we care. We’ll say it with flowers, fancy dinners out, hugs, phone calls and cards to express our heartfelt message: “We love you, Mom.”

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