Tips for Parents

Tip of the Month
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January – Start your New Year off right! Make a resolution that your family spends more time together.  Life has a way of spinning by, but if you take a few moments to slow down and get together you will be surprised by the results.  


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February – Kids are naturally curious, and even more so about their own family.  Keep your kids busy during these cold winter months with a fun project.  Click below to try this fun Family Valentine Project together.  Your kids will learn so much about mommy and daddy and where they come from.


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March – Being a new parent is the most difficult, yet most rewarding and satisfying work you will ever do.  During those busy first few weeks of parenting, remember to take good care of yourself as well as the new baby.  Read these tips on how to survive those early weeks with a new baby.


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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!  It is also the month The Family Tree is launching its fourth year of Stand For Maryland's Children-Pinwheels for Prevention program in Maryland. Do you stand for Maryland's children? 


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May is Family Wellness Month and we want all the families in Maryland to practice wellness together.  Physically, mentally and emotionally; your child's wellness is utmost important in how they will grow and develop into healthy, caring adults.  Use these tips to start your family on the road to wellness.


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June is National Family Month and the start of families spending more time together.  The end of the school year can bring a lot of fun as well as an increase in family stress.  Parents struggle with ways to fill their children's free time, which allows opportunities for unsupervised choices and risky behaviors.  When kids are bored or inactive, parents can find summer stressful. Find out how you can keep your cool and keep your kids busy!


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July – As summer vacation continues, many families are planning their family vacations, sometimes for the first time.  While traveling can be exciting, it can also be stressful for parents and children.  To help you make the most of your vacation, click below for tips on traveling.  By being aware of these issues you can make sure your vacation is one to remember. 


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August – School will be starting up again soon, and that means your child could be experiencing some fear and apprehension about their next grade level, especially if they are coming into a new school.  But this can be a stress-free experience!  Click below to learn how!


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September – School is starting again and sometimes kids need help with homework in their new grade.  Help them be successful in this crucial first quarter of school by giving them the guidance they need to be successful.  Click below for tips on how you can be a Homework Helper to your kids.


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October – Sad but true, bringing home a bad report card can trigger a negative reaction from parents.  Click below to read these important tips on handling the stress of report card time.  If there is a problem at school, understanding is the most important grade for parents and students alike.  Keep these tips in mind while working together at report card time.


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November – The holidays are often portrayed as a happy, carefree time - filled with family, friendship, and love. However, this is a fantasy for many people, and the holiday season may not always meet up to these great expectations. Many stresses, including increased social interaction, busy work schedules, and the social and personal pressures to spend a great deal of money can create the holiday blues.  Learn how to deal with them.


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December - The holidays are upon us but your fuse is getting shorter.  This is supposed to be one of the happiest times in a child's life, but a parent's inability to handle their anger could make it the worst.  Everyone can lose their cool, but what makes you angry and explosive can be very harmful to your kids.  Learn more about what triggers your anger and how to handle it better, especially as the holidays approach!


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