For this post I would like to turn this space over to Kristin Louis of Parenting with Kris who reached out to me regarding a joint post. I really appreciate her perspective and think she shared a lot of great resources and opinions in this post. I hope you enjoy! -This is Fatherhood…

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Quick Tips to Navigate Every Stage of Childhood

Parenthood is one of life’s biggest roller coasters. You soar on those highs of pure joy in the good times and feel the intense pressure and fear in the tough times. It starts at birth and never ends. We want to do right by our children, but it can feel overwhelming even in the best moments. Fortunately, instead of that handbook we all hoped to receive after leaving the hospital, there are countless resources available for every possible parental concern. In consultation with This is Fatherhood, here are a few resources that can help you out along the way:

Learn How to Survive the Earlier Years

Being a new parent can be a bit of a roller coaster. These resources will help you figure out how to have more ups than downs:

10 Tips for Surviving the First Weeks with a Newborn Baby

9 Things To Do When Your Toddler Is Driving You Nuts

Navigate Life with a Picky Eater

As a parent you’ll quickly realize you’re often asking yourself two questions – WHY won’t they eat? and WHAT are they eating? Read these selections for advice on how to put healthy options in front of your kids:

The Importance of Your Child’s Diet

10 Tips for Parents of Picky Eaters

Focus on Education

Every parent wants their child to have the best education possible. These articles are a great place to start:

Building a Foundation for Children Starts in Pre-K

7 Educational and Entertaining Activities for Young Kids

103 Things To Do Before, During, and After Reading

Learn to Thrive with Your Tween and/or Teen

Your child’s tweens and teens can be treacherous for everyone. These resources will help everyone in the household not only survive but thrive during those challenging years:

Talking to Your Child About Puberty

Turning Down Tween Attitude

Don’t Discourage a Gamer Teen. Upgrade the Internet Rather than Pulling the Plug.
Building a Great Relationship with Your Child Raising children is truly one of life’s greatest joys, but it comes with a lot of challenges and roadblocks. While there will never be a parent manual, there is an essential map we know to follow to help them develop into independent, healthy human beings. The resources here don’t touch on everything, but they’re sure to come in handy when you hit a few snags.