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. How to Introduce Your New Baby to Your Pet

    How to Introduce Your New Baby to Your PetCaring for a pet is often seen as excellent “practice” for raising a child. It’s not uncommon for a couple to adopt a pet together before becoming pregnant. The responsibility and lifestyle adjustments could be a good segue into raising a child.

    For many people, their pets become members of the family, which can be a great thing – until a baby comes along. A new baby can be a big change for everyone. If your family already includes a pet, there are some things that you can do to help your “fur baby” adjust to the new baby you’ll be bringing home soon.

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  2. Benefits of Pets for Kids: Should Our Family Adopt an Animal?

    Young girl lying on couch with pet dogThe companionship of a pet is a unique experience. For many people, a pet can become a member of the family, and for children, having a pet can provide many benefits. Adding a feathered or furry friend to your family can be a wonderful thing, but there are various factors that you should consider before adoption:

    • Do I have enough time to commit to caring for an animal or bird?
    • What kind of pet best fits my family’s lifestyle?
    • Do I have enough money to care for a pet, including for such expenses as food, toys, visits to the veterinarian, and vaccinations?

    To help you determine the answers, do some homework. Resources are available at libraries, bookstores, and online, and by talking with local vets, animal shelters, and friends.

    What are some benefits of having a pet?

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  3. 4 Valentine’s Day Crafts to Make with Your Kids

    Girl with homemade ValentineWhat better way to celebrate the “holiday of love” than by spending time with the people you love!

    The following fun and simple crafts and activities for Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful way to share quality time with your kids. Afterward, be sure to head to our Facebook page to share photos of your children’s creations and of your little ones.

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  4. How to Thwart a Tantrum in its Tracks

    Crying toddlerUnfortunately, temper tantrums tend to be a fact of life when you are a parent of a toddler. Your child could be completely happy one minute, and in the next minute have a virtual total meltdown.

    While tantrums can often test a parent’s patience, consider your child’s situation. Tantrums can be caused by a number of factors, such as the inability of your child to communicate what he or she is feeling, because he or she doesn’t yet know the words; trying to assert independence, which is completely natural for toddlers; or feeling hungry, tired, over stimulated or simply bored.

    Tantrums are inevitable, so here are some tips for handling a toddler’s tantrums without losing your cool.

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  5. Time Management for Parents: How to Organize Multiple Schedules for Multiple Children

    Girl writing on family calendarOrganizing your personal schedule can be challenging by itself. Add to that the schedules of multiple children and any number of their activities, and you could spend days trying to keep track of everything that needs to get done.

    The key to managing multiple schedules is having the right tools and the right mindset. Here are six tips and tactics for time management for parents:

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