1. Minding Your P’s and Q’s: An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Manners to Children

    Young girl drinking teaPhrases such as “Don’t put your elbows on the table,” “Chew with your mouth closed,” and “Please say ‘Excuse Me’ if Mommy is talking to someone and you need her attention,” are probably all too familiar to children and parents. When trying to instill good manners in their children, parents may often feel like a broken record and that they’re not getting through to their kids.

    It’s important to remember that polite behavior, like many other behaviors, is not something that your children are born knowing but rather something that they are taught, and that they learn during successive stages of development

    Here are some age-appropriate guidelines for teaching manners to children:

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  2. How to Soothe a Teething Baby

    teething babyAs many parents can attest, an infant’s baby teeth making their debut through delicate pink gums is often accompanied by crying, fussing, and the child’s overall discomfort. According to the Mayo Clinic, most babies begin the natural process of teething at around 6 months old.

    If your infant exhibits any of the following symptoms, it’s likely that teething is imminent:

    • Chewing on solid objects
    • Drooling
    • Crankiness and irritability
    • Swollen gums
    • Loss of appetite
    • Trouble sleeping

    Here are some tips from the Mayo Clinic on how to soothe a teething baby:

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  3. Simple Ways to Fit Volunteering at Your Child’s School into Your Schedule

    Parent with flashcards at schoolYoung children can find it exciting to see mom or dad in the classroom, and teachers are always looking for parent volunteers in schools. Volunteering at your child’s school is a great way to show your children how much you value their education and to be involved in what’s going on at school. It can be lots of fun, and there is no shortage of opportunities.

    For busy parents, however, it can be challenging to find the time. Consider these simple ways to make volunteering at your child’s school fit into your busy schedule:

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  4. Stanger Danger 101: What to Teach Your Child and How

    Girl on monkey barsIt’s important to teach skills to children for handling potentially dangerous situations. One common parenting rule is telling your child never to talk to strangers. This might seem like a correct thing to teach, but you may not be equipping your child with enough information to handle some circumstances, and you might be instilling more fear than necessary.

    What are some instances when your child might have to talk to a stranger? Teaching kids about “stranger danger” goes beyond cautioning never to speak to a stranger. It helps to teach kids that they don’t need to worry about strangers; they just need to know what to do.

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  5. Three Steps for Finding Suitable Child Daycare

    Teacher coloring with studentsAfter the birth of a child, parents sometimes struggle with going back to work and the need to find child daycare, regardless of how many other children they have or how old the children are. For first-time parents, finding and accepting the need for child daycare can seem daunting.

    Knowing that your child is being well taken care of in daycare can help to make the transition easier. Need help finding child care? We’ve broken down the process into the following three steps:

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