Parenting Topics

Every day’s a new adventure when you’re a parent. Here, you'll find articles to enrich, encourage and inform you all along the way – from timely tips and advice on real parenting and family issues to great ideas and resources for family fun.

School & Education

ABCs & IEPs
What to expect if your child qualifies for special education

Active after school
How the right after-school activity can help your kids - and you

After-school care
Seeking solutions to the obstacles

Ask the expert

Back-to-school health checklist
Help kids start the new school year in tip-top health

Back-to-school survival guide
Getting back into the swing of school + tips for the transition years

Best educational apps for kids

Book buzz
Back-to-school books with school-related themes

Bullying
How to take bullying out of back to school

Bullying? Not on My Watch!
It’s (Past) Time for a Cultural Revolution

Choosing childcare
When making a decision this big, knowledge is power

Education
14 ways to make summer time learning fun

Everyday money moments
Teach your kids about finances at every stage

The Financial Conversation You Need to Have with Your Kids Before They Leave for College

Great grad gifts

Hot stuff
Cool products for back to school

'I hate math'
25 ways to help your child do better in math

It's a match
Find an extracurricular activity that fits

Kindergarten: Ready or not?
What can you do to help your child get ready?

Money matters
Raising money-savvy kids

Music to their ears
The benefits of early musical education have parents – and kids – singing its praises

Never too soon
Smart strategies for college saving

The parent-teacher partnership
Educators share their tips and strategies for school success

Picking a preschool?
Select the one that's right for your child

Raising a reader
What can you do to help your child love books?

Slump busters
A teacher's tips for regaining your child's momentum

Stop the summer slide
Summer learning loss is preventable

Pregnancy & Birth

A do-what?
Engaging the help of doulas through birth and postpartum

A picturesque pregnancy
Document your journey to motherhood with maternity photos

Ask the expert
The baby years

Baby myths - busted
The pediatric pros help set it straight

Beginning battles in breastfeeding
Solutions for some of the most common problems

Big, meet little
Preparing your child for a new baby

Bouncing back after baby
How to restore your pre-baby body

Bye-bye baby fat

Double (or triple) the fun
What to expect when you're expecting multiples

Green your baby's nursery
Tips for creating a safer, healthier nursery

Labor of love
Find the birth setting that's right for you

Make room for baby
Welcome your newborn in style with these nursery-decorating tips

Nutrition for two
Eat smart tips for new moms

Parenting perspectives
Caring for the new mom

Postpartum care
7 tips for a healthy recovery

Postpartum wellness
New baby blues? Experts say exercise, friendship and a little bit of sleep can make the difference

Shower power
Baby shower planning dos & don’ts

Welcoming baby
Exploring your birth options in Alaska

What to expect
C-sections vs. vaginal births

Your pregnancy checklist
This month-by-month guide takes you through every step of the journey

Health, Wellness & Safety

Ask the expert

Ask the pediatrician
Your baby questions answered

Back-to-school health checklist
Help kids start the new school year in tip-top health

Beyond blue
Recognizing and responding to teen depression

The big reveal
Creative ways to unveil your baby's gender

Bouncing back after baby
How to restore your pre-baby body

Childhood obesity: Beyond baby fat
Here's what you can do now to prevent weight problems later

Chiropractic for kids (and moms too!)
Treating the whole body during pregnancy, birth and beyond

The Curvy Girl Club
Finding positive words to describe girls

Detox your home
Protect your family by tackling these toxins in the home

Diabetes and children
Helping parents make sense of a complicated disease

Earth mama
Caring for baby, protecting Mother Nature

Focus on health: SIDS
An updated look at the causes, risks and prevention

Flying solo
Sending kids into the friendly skies

Health & wellness
Health news for the whole family

Kids on the run
From fun runs to 5ks: how to help kids stay safe and have fun

Make vision health a priority
How sight affects learning in children, teens

Postpartum wellness
New baby blues? Experts say exercise, friendship and a little bit of sleep can make the difference

Ready. set. yoga!
Looking at the benefits - and differences - of yoga for kids

Recalls and product safety news

Smiling all the way...
How to make this necessary trip less scary

Social Media Safety
Five Tips to Make Back-to-School Conversations Easier

Spring cleaning
20 green cleaning hacks

Spring safety tips

Taking the Right Precautions for a Family Member with Dementia
Modifications help create a home environment that’s safe and supportive

Technology
How to raise a social media savvy kid

Water babies
The benefits of raising water-confident kids

What's the harm?
Vaccine hesitancy and alternative vaccine schedules

Yoga for two
Meet new friends, get back into shape - all while sharing the benefits with baby

Family Matters

13 Reasons Our Tween Does Not Have A Cell Phone Yet

50 lessons I've learned

Ask the expert

Beat the summer camp blues
6 ways to conquer homesickness

Beyond blue
Recognizing and responding to teen depression

Big, meet little
Preparing your child for a new baby

The blended family
Finding our family's new identity

Divorce: Helping kids cope

Foster parenting
Could it be right for you?

Four-legged family members
What to consider before you bring home a pet

From working woman to working mother
Balancing a blossoming career with a burgeoning baby bump

Getting to know you
How to prepare your pets for the new baby

Life as a stay-at-home dad
5 local dads share advice for making it work

Low-Tech Holiday Gifts the Grandkids Will Remember
Instead of Another Mobile Device or Video Game, Consider Something Lasting from the Heart

Pet project
Choosing the right pet for your family

The most stressful time of the year
How to save your sanity during the holidays

Taking the Right Precautions for a Family Member with Dementia
Modifications help create a home environment that’s safe and supportive

The 'sandwich generation'
Raising kids and caring for aging parents

Where there's a will, there's a way
Ensuring your children are cared for after your death

Child Development

Ask the expert

Big changes for small people
Transitions are tough; here's how you can make them easier for your child

The Curvy Girl Club
Finding positive words to describe girls

Flying solo
Sending kids into the friendly skies

Giving meaning to the season
Ideas for ways to give back as a family this holiday

Good deeds for little doers
Easy ideas for getting your kids in the spirit of giving, sharing and caring

Let’s play
10 ways to help baby blossom through play

Manners matter
Investing in etiquette reaps long-term rewards

Milestones
Your growing baby

Operation buy it yourself
How to stay within your budget for a peaceful vacation

Parenting perspectives
Imagine more imagination

The Practice of Gratitude: 30 Ways to Give Thanks

Raising a charitable child
Helping your child reap the rewards of helping others

Things to Do

25 can’t miss stories
for family reading/movie time

101 things to do this summer
the perfect list of summer fun for your family

A first-rate playdate
Please the pre-school set with panache

Active after school
How the right after-school activity can help your kids - and you

Affordable family vacations
Insider tips on travel deals and destinations for the under-6 crowd

Age-by-age guide to camp
Big thrills and life skills at any age

Boredom busters
Fast, easy and cheap ways to keep tots and preschoolers entertained this winter

Camping with kids
Explore the natural world with your baby, toddler or preschooler

Choose a camp checklist
Essentials to look for

Choosing the right camp
Specific points to consider

Cruising with kids
alaska’s marine highway: what to know before you go

Family camp out
Tips & travel plans to ensure a great experience

The family that plays together
Finding fun ways for the whole family to get fit together

Flag football
A touchdown for girls' sports?

Flying solo
Sending kids into the friendly skies

Gearing up for camp
What to pack – and what to leave home

Get outdoors
8 reasons to spend time in nature

Go play outside!
70 fun - and free - things to do before summer disappears

Hit the road
Kennecott and McCarthy: A road trip to Alaska’s heart

Hit the road
All aboard the winter train!

Into the great wide open
Alaska is like nowhere else, so get out and experience your state with these kid-friendly adventures

Is hockey right for your child?
Experts and parents weigh in on the pros and cons

Karate kids
Martial arts benefits for kids under 6

Kids on the run
From fun runs to 5ks: how to help kids stay safe and have fun

Let's dance
The benefits for kids of all ages

Never-be-bored Books

Out & about
Alaska's guide to family fun

Parenting perspectives
Imagine more imagination

Pick the perfect camp for your child
Narrow the choices with this summer camp primer

The play's the thing
How your kids can benefit from the performing arts

Ready, set, fun!
Funnel that preschool energy into a sport - without pushing too hard

Ready. set. yoga!
Looking at the benefits - and differences - of yoga for kids

Summer camps & outdoors

Traffic, TSA and tantrums, oh my!
Eight tips for surviving holiday travel with your kids

Winter family fun
Great ideas for your winter bucket list

Parties & Celebrations

8 Great Winter Birthday Parties

Baby showers
Hosting a baby shower? No clue where to begin? Think theme!

Celebrating moms
PLUS: 7 moms who are helping to raise Alaska

Easter gifts that inspire
Children's gifts that encourage creative play

First birthday party planning checklist

Let's party!
From games to goodie bags, get inspired with these creative party-planning ideas

Parties & celebrations
How to throw a birthday bash on a budget

Planning the big 1
Create a special - and stress-free - first birthday party

The sweetest day
Delight little partygoers with these fanciful birthday treats

Food

3 tasty (and healthy!) pizza recipes

5 fun games to spark dinner time conversation

8 meal starters for your freezer

Children & food allergies
Doctors and parents share advice

Food fight
Sanity-restoring strategies for developing healthy eating habits

Healthy School Lunch and Snack Solutions
Back to School Means Back to Good Nutrition Basics

Kids eat free dining guide
Don't break the bank: Check out these local meal deals

Let’s eat
Build your own trail mix

Let’s eat
Think outside the (lunch) box

Nutrition for two
Eat smart tips for new moms

Peas of mind
How to get your kids to eat their vegetables – and love it

Recipe Index

S’more fun
3 unique twists on the classic campfire treat

Products & Gear

Good-buy, baby!
New and innovative baby products to coo about

Baby's 1st library
Build baby's library with these timeless first books

Camp-ready items for your camp kid

Cool products for back to school

Gift guide
toys that spark creativity in kids

The great outdoors
Great Alaska children's books

Haute tots
Check out these small-fry fashions that are big on style

Holiday gift guide
Great gifts for the whole family

Hot stuff
Great on-the-go gear

Hot stuff
Great toys & games for outdoor summer play

Shop healthy
Your guide to healthy and non-toxic products

Six memoirs kids will love

Top toys
A stress-free shopping guide for some of the hottest playthings this year

Toys that teach
Proof that you can have fun and learn at the same time

Wish list
Top toys for girls and boys

Special Needs

ABCs & IEPs
What to expect if your child qualifies for special education

Special needs
What parents of children with autism want you to know

Taking the right precautions for a family member with dementia
Modifications help create a home environment that’s safe and supportive

Think paws-itive
Special dogs for special kids

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