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. 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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  2. Diaper Bag Necessities

    Mom Changing Baby's Diaper10 items every diaper bag should have (besides diapers).

    As a new parent, your baby isn’t the only new cargo you’ll be carrying around. With every baby comes a bulky diaper bag chock full of your little one’s greatest necessities. Although you probably know to pack plenty of diapers and wipes for your baby, here are some other necessities that could come in handy.

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  3. Spring Festivities Quiz

    Spring Tree in FieldSay ‘goodbye’ to winter and a hearty ‘hello’ to spring!

    The arrival of spring never fails to raise our collective spirits, the beginning of warmer weather and longer daylight hours. Flowers bloom, leaves sprout, and birds sing with gusto.

    According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, spring 2014 arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20 at 12:57 p.m. EDT. On the first day of spring – the vernal equinox – day and night are each approximately 12 hours long.

    Spring has traditionally been a time to recharge the heart, mind and soul – and to welcome festivals, holidays and all manner of celebrations. Get caught up in the spirit of the season with our spring festivities quiz.

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  4. Dried Flower Art Projects for Springtime

    Dried FlowersThink spring, and flowers immediately come to mind. From crocuses and pansies to tulips and lilacs, spring brings a bounty of color to our winter-weary lives.

    Flowers are the inspiration, as well as the raw material, for some fun art projects. For example, you can use pressed flowers to personalize items such as cards, soaps and candles. You don’t even need a green thumb. A little patience and imagination will spring your creation to life.
     
    These dried flower art projects will ensure your family has a “scentsational” spring:

  5. Easy Ways to Go Green at School

    Green School Supplies in CubbyholesIt’s easy to go green at home by recycling, composting, and bringing your own bags to the grocery store, but once that the kids are off to school, maintaining earth-friendly habits can be a challenge. It’s important to follow the “Three Rs” philosophy both at home and at school: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. After all, 20 percent of Americans –more than 63 million people – attend school each day, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Many schools around the county are striving for better sustainability through solar power construction and rainwater collection. Even if your school hasn’t jumped on to the green bandwagon, these easy ways to go green will help to ensure that your family does its share:

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