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. Developing Good Homework Habits

    Young Girl Doing HomeworkAccording to the Center for Public Education website, “the average amount of homework across all grade levels is less than an hour per night.”

    Although the difficulty of homework assignments may vary, depending on the grade level, subject, school or individual teacher, the following tips can help get your child into the habit of doing homework:

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  2. Happy Father’s Day

    Dad, Sons Celebrating Father's DayCelebrate dad with this Father’s Day quiz.

    He’s always been there for you. He’s the guy who gave you life, held your hand, and then launched you on your own path. He’s your father.

    The paternal bond is like no other, and that’s why we take time every third Sunday in June to celebrate fatherhood. On that day we’ll also show our appreciation for grandfathers, uncles and other surrogate “dads” who, by word and deed, have been our mentors.

    Let’s take a look at some well-known fathers and sons and fathers and daughters, past and present.  Answer our Father’s Day trivia questions to test your knowledge about these famous fathers, and their unique legacies to their kids.

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  3. Father’s Day Ideas for Kids

    Father's Day Activities for the FamilyLaunch a family time capsule with dad.

    We all look for ways to preserve memories of special times with our loved ones. One Father’s Day activity everyone will love is creating a family time capsule together.

    This shouldn’t be a solo project. Make the kids and dad part of the fun. Brainstorm which family mementos and treasures to stow away, so that a future unearthing will induce smiles all around.

    Here’s how to start this fun Father’s Day activity, along with a few suggestions for what to stash in the time capsule:

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  4. Family Fun Crafts: The Wonder of the Shoebox

    Family Making CraftsLeonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” This timeless quote certainly rings true when it comes to kids’ craft projects. Instead of running down to the store to pick up a complex – and expensive – craft kit, just grab a shoebox and some art supplies and you’ve got a world of easy, family fun crafts just waiting to be explored.

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  5. Nature Crafts: Natural Easter Egg Dyes

    Naturally Dyed Easter EggsAll of those Easter egg dye kits in the grocery stores seem convenient enough – especially considering how quickly they produce vibrant – although unnatural – hues of Easter eggs designed to make any child’s eye’s light up. After all, dying Easter eggs is a childhood rite of passage. But surely there is a way to make beautiful dyed Easter eggs without resorting to artificial coloration? If you enjoy living green and teaching your children more natural ways of enjoying the beauty of nature, consider using natural Easter egg dyes this year using all-natural ingredients.

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