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. 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:

  2. 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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  3. Homemade Bookmarks: Family fun is always in season.

    Child Picking Spring FlowersSpring is one of the most beautiful and exhilarating times of the year. After the long, cold winter, green grass finally reappears and the flowers bloom once again. Spring is also one of the best seasons to spend quality time with your kids, whether outside or in the comfort of your home. One long-time favorite activity is making homemade bookmarks from pressed flowers.

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  4. Valentine’s Day Quiz

    Valentine's Day Candy HeartsValentine’s Day is all about love, but most people don’t know how the holiday began or what it really means. Test your knowledge by taking our Valentine’s Day quiz:

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  5. Four Valentine’s Day Reminders for Making Your Family Feel Loved

    Mother Hugging DaughterFor many people, family is one of the most important aspects of life. Whether or not you count yourself among those people – when your daily routine gets hectic, you may not make the time to show it. Fortunately, Valentine’s Day is a yearly reminder to stop and set aside time to tell those we love exactly how we feel. Here are four ways you can do just that.

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