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. DIY Nature Crafts

    DIY Fall Nature CraftsIn many parts of the country, when colorful foliage brightens streets and nippy mornings are followed by warm, sunny afternoons, fall has arrived. From back-to-school to hours spent jumping in piles of leaves, autumn is a special time of year for children and adults alike. This fall, bring the beauty of this season indoors with kid-friendly do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that take advantage of nature’s bounty.

  2. Thanksgiving Traditions

    Thanksgiving CustomsFrom turkeys to parades, we look at the customs that make this holiday worth celebrating.

    Whether you spend Thanksgiving Day with family or friends, you’re likely to share longstanding customs. For some, it’s all about the feast. For others, it’s all about football. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions:

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  3. Halloween Family Fun: Costumes, Candy, and Lots of Traditions

    Halloween QuizThe appeal of Halloween’s family fun is no mystery since this autumn holiday blends elements of the harvest and the supernatural, captivating kids and adults alike. Whether it’s candy treats, clever costumes, lively parties or colorful parades, there’s something for everyone in the spectacle and revelry surrounding October 31.

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  4. Home Organizing Tips to Clean Out the Clutter

    Home Organization IdeasEver feel like clutter is going to take over one day? From stacks of mail on the counter to many pairs of kids’ shoes strewn across the floor to piles of laundry waiting to be folded, running a home involves lots of moving parts and never quite enough time to put them all away.

    Whether you live in a small space or large space, you can get your home and your life organized with these simple tips:

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  5. Preparing For Road Trips With a Baby or Toddler

    Family Vacationing With A BabyPerhaps no other family activity strikes more excitement and apprehension in the hearts of new parents than the words “road trip”. Parents or grandparents looking forward to experiencing new places with their family –may also dread the cries of “Are we there yet?” and “I’m boooored!”. And what if these complaints aren’t in the form of words, but come from a crying baby?

    Family road trips generally are wonderful experiences, but add a baby to the mix and it’s a whole new ballgame. From lack of diaper-changing stations at rest stops to the challenge of comforting your baby while driving, traveling with an infant presents obstacles for even the most patient of parents to overcome. With a bit of planning, your next road trip with your baby or toddler can be smoother, less stressful and more enjoyable for the whole family.

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