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Baby’s First Year

The first year of Baby’s life is one of the most exciting—and stressful—times for a parent. They have so many adjustments to make, worries to quell and learning to do.

Volunteering

Volunteering is a wonderful way to teach children the value of helping others and provide a feel-good activity for the family to enjoy together.

Keeping Kids Safe in a Crowd

It's every parent's worst nightmare. One second your child is by your side, then a momentary distraction, and your child is gone.

Timely Parenting Research:

What does the latest research say about the potential harm of parents’ online sharing, the concerns about prepackaged, processed meals and the benefits of outdoor family time?

Timely Parenting Research:

What does the latest research say about the diet of U.S. children, the best toys for kids’ development and what adults really think about working versus staying at home to raise a family?
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Bust Toy Boredom

As a culture, we often give in to the more, more, more idea, the idea that if our children are complaining about being bored, well then, they must need more or different toys.

Bringing Back Family Game Night

Researchers today are finding that all of that lighthearted play years ago actually led to some serious child development benefits, because board games are rich in learning opportunities.

Five Ways to Go Green When Packing a Lunch

Pack lunch using green living ideas.

Six Ways to Help Kids Use Social Media in a Healthy Way

Social media is now the hippest hangout for kids, even as young as elementary school age. Parenting this generation of digital kids means we need to know how to help them navigate social media in a healthy, positive and safe way.

I Think You're Ready

The small shifts in how we communicate with children encourage responsibility too.

Making it through a meltdown

What are some strategies to use to help prevent meltdowns?

Delivered…Now What?

What should you expect in the whirlwind of minutes and hours following your baby’s much-anticipated arrival?

Nap Know-How

Nap time can be a battle between parent and child that leaves you everyone exhausted rather than rested. And so parents search for suggestions to make things go more smoothly, ultimately resulting in more rest for everyone.

Choosing Baby’s Name

Naming your baby is not always an easy task. In fact, it can be downright difficult, especially when you and your partner may not agree on what to name your new addition.

Surviving Bed Rest

Bed rest often comes as a surprising prescription for pregnant women. The good news is that these days, bed rest should occur very rarely.

Top Pregnancy Fears BUSTED

Finding out you are pregnant is extremely exciting, but it also can lead to worrying that your pregnancy won’t go as perfectly as you have always planned.

Bringing Home Baby

Bringing a baby home from the hospital is a wonderfully amazing and joyful experience, but an overwhelming and stressful one as well. Too bad there isn’t a definitive parenting manual because bringing home Baby is no easy task! With a few preparations, the transition can be a little smoother. Here are a few tips to consider:

Swim Lessons for Babies

Hitting the pool for swim lessons before learning to walk might seem a little odd. But for babies, swimming comes almost second nature.

Baby’s First Year

The first year of Baby’s life is one of the most exciting—and stressful—times for a parent. They have so many adjustments to make, worries to quell and learning to do.

The Busy Parents Shopping Guide

Try some innovative ways to engage young boys and girls while shopping.

How to Improve Reading Comprehension at Home

Try one or more of these comprehension strategies or practices while reading WITH or TO your child at home.

The Best Gifts We Can Give Our Kids

Perhaps the best gifts that truly matter can’t be wrapped at all, and perhaps the joy from these gifts create memories that last a lifetime.

The Camp Next Door: Day Camp

Day camp, as the name implies, typically consist of a series of consecutive days where the child is away during the daytime hours.

Anger Management for Kids

To help your child avoid doing the wrong things when she’s feeling overwhelmed with anger, try teaching her some simple anger management skills.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Does your child labor over decision making?

Science Says: Make Time for Play

According to researchers, a child’s earliest learning is rooted not in formalized education, but in play.

Five Reasons to Teach Kids to Code

Technology literacy is a necessary skill for our 21st century learners. They must be able to work independently and with others to utilize technology to their advantage, to follow their passions and meet their future needs. Coding is one essential skill all young learners should, at the very least, be exposed to.

What New Moms Need to Know

Congratulations! You’re expecting your first baby! After the excitement of this discovery and sharing the good news subsides, you might experience a sense of panic as you realize your whole life is in for some big changes.

Trimester by Trimester: Pregnancy at a Glance

Few things will throw your body and mind for a loop like pregnancy.

Pregnancy Power Foods

You need to feed your pregnant body with proper nutrition to insure that you stay healthy and that your unborn child develops as he should.

Potty Train Like a Pro

Being a parent comes with a few guarantees: There will be joy, there will be sadness and there will be times of transition. One of the biggest transitions for parents of small children is potty training.

Choosing Your Child’s Car Seat

Parenting is hard. Parents have so much to think about, and recommendations and guidelines change all the time. Trying to figure out which car seat your child might need seems is one of those topics.

Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power!

Did you also know that babies are born with about 100 billion neurons (twice as many as a full-grown adult), and their brains develop most between birth and the age of 3?

Seven Common Feelings of NICU Parents

Sitting beside your baby in the NICU can bring an array of emotions for parents.

Coming Clean: Organization Skills for Kids

Strong organizational skills serve children well through grade school, college and beyond and help them avoid the daily stress of hunting down lost items—not to mention tardy slips, missed buses and late classwork.
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