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. Nature Crafts for Kids: Bringing the Outside In

    Parent and Child Making Fall WreathAs more people become environmentally conscious, the demand for green activities increases. Fortunately, there are ways to practice green living in nearly every aspect of daily life. For example, when working on crafts with your children, consider making nature crafts for kids, which are crafts made from products that occur naturally in the environment.

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  2. Choosing a Preschool

    Mother Taking Son to First Day of PreschoolChoosing a preschool for your kids is no easy task. Your child’s mind is like a sponge in the pre-kindergarten years, so it is no wonder you want to make sure he or she is getting the very best care and education possible during this formidable time. Remember, it is never too early to start looking for preschools, and enrollment in the most prestigious schools fill up fast, so start searching as soon as possible.

  3. Rainy Day Activities for Kids

    Father and Son Playing Chess on a Rainy DayRainy Day Activities used to literally refer to what to do with children kept from their usual outdoor play pursuits. Nowadays, for many parents, it’s a struggle to get the kids to play in the sun and leave the video games behind. But all parents still have those days when space is limited and the kids get bored and restless. Parental and magazine websites are filled with options and ideas, but if your need for rainy day activities is “precipitated” by the loss of electrical power too, you’ll need to check out these sites now while your entire computer Internet equipment works.

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  4. Bring Green Living to Life: Raising Eco-Friendly Kids

    Family Living Green By RecyclingIt seems like everywhere you turn these days, people are talking about “going green.” From using less energy to reducing carbon footprints, buying organic to using fewer chemicals, an earth-friendly lifestyle is in the news – and it looks like this trend is here to stay. And, while green living ideas range from the practical – taking your own, reusable bags to the grocery store – to the slightly more out-there – wearing clothing made from bacteria – one of the best ways for parents to ensure that there’s a sustainable future for their children is by modeling green living behaviors.

    Set a green example for your kids by following these simple living green tips, and soon you’ll have a house full of eco-friendly kids!

  5. The Best Parenting Blogs and Tips On Starting Your Own

    Couple Writing a Parenting Blog on LaptopStarting a family is an especially exciting time, but settling into parenting can find moms and dads feeling overwhelmed and wondering how other parents manage. While the reasons for starting a parenting blog can be as diverse as the individuals who started them, each parenting blog serves a loyal group of readers who look to them for practical advice, humor, encouragement and a sense of community.

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