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. Useful Single Parenting Tips

    Single Parent and Son Riding BikesSingle parenting would never be confused with a night on the town or a relaxing picnic, but it need not be overly stressful and/or frustrating. New single parents are most at risk for becoming overwhelmed.

    However, remember, even in two parent households, babies and young children come with a strong “overwhelming quotient.”

    Almost all newer single parents experience feelings of isolation and/or inadequacy. This is normal and this, too, shall pass, if you get yourself organized and committed to excellence. Here are some basic single parenting tips to become more self-confident, under control and comfortable.

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  2. Parenting Tips: Talking To Kids About Adoption

    Mother and Daughter Talking About AdoptionAdopting a child is a life-changing event that induces both excitement and anxiety for potential parents. If you already have children at home, chances are that they are experiencing the same emotions. One of the most important parenting tips for adoptive families with other children is to talk to your kids about adoption and encourage the discussion of emotions and expectations. To help ease the transition for your children, it’s important to maintain an open dialogue with them throughout the adoption process, as well as after your new family member comes home.

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  3. New School Year Ideas: The ABCs of a Great School Year

    Starting the School Year Off RightStarting a new school year on a positive note and maintaining that positivity is important for every student—and every parent, too. After all, a positive experience at school can make all the difference in a child’s confidence and performance. Enjoying school and performing well in the classroom is a goal that mom, dad and child can aim for together.


    A. Before the school year begins

    The steps you take leading up to the new school year can set the precedence for the year ahead. The following new school year ideas have worked for many parents:

  4. Celebrating Father’s Day!

    Celebrating Father’s DayOn Sunday, June 17, families all over the United States will take time to honor the fathers in their lives. Many family members will show how much they love dad by giving him a new necktie, shirt, set of screwdrivers or other similar gifts. Kick off your Father’s Day celebration with this short famous-fathers inspired quiz:

    1. One of our nation’s Founding Fathers, George Washington (who never had children of his own), had wooden dentures. True or false?
    2.  A Harris Poll in 2009 asked the question, “Who is America’s Favorite TV Dad?” Was it Cliff Huxtable of “The Cosby Show,” Mike Brady of “The Brady Bunch,” Archie Bunker of “All in the Family” or Homer Simpson of “The Simpsons”?
    3. What is the nickname of the book/movie featuring the character “Don Vito Corleone”? Father Time, The Godfather or Daddy Warbucks?
    4. Who is known as the “Father of Invention”? Steve Jobs, Leonardo Da Vinci, or Thomas Edison?
    5. In the 1991 movie “Father of the Bride,” who plays the role of the uptight dad George Banks: Ted Danson, Tom Hanks, Steve Martin or Martin Short?

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  5. Unique Father’s Day Gifts That Make Every Day a Father’s Day

    Unique Father’s Day GiftsFather’s Day may come only once a year, but wouldn’t it be nice if your gift could last a lot longer? This year, as you look for the perfect present for the special dad in your life, consider getting one that keeps on giving all year long. Here are five unique Father’s Day gifts that can make dad feel special day after day:

    1. Class-y gifts—Why not give dad a gift of enrollment to a local class for something he enjoys. Maybe he’d like to learn more about computers, cooking, photography, or investing and money management. Find out what he’s interested in and then match him up with a local instructor.

    2. Your delivery is here—“Gift of the month” clubs are a unique Father’s Day gift   and a wonderful way to show dad that, for you every month is Father’s Day–not just June. There are many clubs to select from, choose a club that would be of special interest to dad. Here are just a few possible ideas: wine, cheese, coffee, beer, hot sauce, cheesecake, ice cream, cigars, bbq sauce, and bacon.

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