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 make a children’s book with construction paper

    Children making a book using construction paperWhether you need a rainy-day activity or want to share a fun craft idea with your child, a great way to connect and share can be by writing and illustrating an original story.

    The following step-by-step instructions explain how to make a children’s book with construction paper, which can be tailored to any age. Older kids could make the book themselves, although they may need your guidance. Even toddlers who haven’t yet learned to write could help to create a storybook that you’re both sure to treasure.

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  2. DIY Craft: Colored-Sand Art Project for Kids

    Girl doing craftsMany children love to play in the sand. With summer more than half a year away, the weather in your area may still be too cold to make playing in the sandbox a possibility (no matter how much your child may beg or plead!). With a little creativity, though, you can bring the fun of sand indoors for your child.

    This simple sand art project uses basic materials and allows your child to create a colorful, three-dimensional project that could make a wonderful new decoration for his or her bedroom or somewhere else in your home.

    Ready to get started with this easy sand art project?

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  3. DIY Craft: How to Make a Birdhouse from an Eggnog or Milk Carton

    Mother and daughter making birdhouseHelp your child prepare a “welcome home” for the birds next spring with this fun DIY craft – making a birdhouse from an empty eggnog or milk carton.

    This project requires saving in advance some empty eggnog, milk or juice cardboard cartons. Use a half-gallon size for a roomier abode. After the carton is empty, wash it well with soapy water, drain, and dry thoroughly. If the carton has a pouring spout, be sure to save the cap; it’s a good idea to keep extra, pre-cleaned cartons on hand, just in case.

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  4. The Art of Letter-Writing for Kids

    12.7.15-writing-letter-blogpreviewUntil recently, writing a letter – handwritten or typed – was a primary way for keeping in touch with loved ones, or even anybody. Today’s advancements in communications technology provide many other ways to do so, which unfortunately has meant that writing a letter sometimes falls by the wayside.

    Nevertheless, writing a letter still has its place and its advantages, including showing that one knows how to show politeness, respect, appropriate etiquette, knowledge and education, and/or warmth and especial regard for a person. Sometimes writing a letter still can make a difference in social circles and in landing a new job.

    Do your kids know how to write a letter?

    Our accompanying infographic breaks down the components of letter-writing for kids, including the five parts of a friendly letter and how to address an envelope.

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  5. Holiday Traditions Around the World

    Gerber-Life-Slide-1-SlideShare-December-GV-9-11-15Year-end holiday celebrations may involve traditions specific to your family or town or region or country. They provide a wonderful opportunity for teaching children about their heritage – and about holiday traditions around the world.

    Flip through the following images with your child for a glimpse of some holiday traditions in other parts of the globe.

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