Being a first-time parent can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on to learn tips on diapering and bathing your baby.

If you’ve got a child, or a grandchild, in school, you should probably read this. 

You've gone through pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and now you're ready to go home and begin life with your baby. Once home, use these tips to help you, as a first-time parent, feel confident about caring for your newborn.

Did you know that using hands-on activities is one of the best ways for children to learn? Research shows that children who are taught using hands-on teaching methods do better in school than those who are not.

“Among the most sacred gifts you can give your child is the gift of health…”

--- Dr. Rand Olson

Every parent wants a healthy child. Below are some tips to take to insure the health of your child is grand. 

We’ve all been there—27 Christmas parties we are supposed to attend, a kid begging for all the latest gadgets, three dozen cookies that we signed up to bring to the office party. Christmas time can be exhausting, stressful, and draining. It’s easy to get lost in the business of the season. Sometimes, you can’t see the forest for the (Christmas) trees. We spend so much time trying to make it a magical season, we can find ourselves feeling anything but magical.  

Life passes us by quick enough as it is. Let your child be a child, regardless of how old they are. To help make sure your child isn’t robbed of their youth, here are several tips you can follow, one for each day of the week to think about.

At this time of year we tend to expect “best behavior” from our children.  Instead we get tears and tantrums, sulking and defiance. With friends and relatives around, our parenting is on display and our desire to be seen as good parents with perfectly behaved children makes everything harder.

Here’s a check list to help you avoid your worst Christmas nightmare and fill you and your family with festive cheer instead.

Some mornings, I wake up wallowing in self-pity, wanting everyone else in my family to go about their daily business as I continue to lay there. Do I feel this way often? No. But when I do, it is the precursor to impending “bad girl mom” behavior.  

On a recent Wednesday night, a youth pastor friend invited me to sit on a panel to answer questions posed by his youth group. The panel was made up of parents who had survived the teenage years with their own kids. They hoped to impart a nugget or two of knowledge to teens who were working hard to “raise their own parents.” 

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