Doing Chores

Let you kids help with chores around the house. It teaches them responsibility and gives you some hands on help.
From: Lil’ Fingers.com

Getting schedules back in order

As summer ends so does your child’s freedom to sleep in and eat erratically. Ease him back into a school schedule by shifting his bedtime back to a school-day bedtime and waking him closer to the hour he’ll need to rise. Also start serving breakfast, lunch, and snacks a few weeks before classes begin on a school schedule to help his appetite adjust.
From: Scholastic Parents

Praising your child

Praise effort, not results.

starting in a new school

If you have moved or your child is moving up to a new school, call and find out when you can come in and tour the school. Everyone will breathe easier if they know where they are going the first day.

Battling Clutter

Need to battle the clutter? Take one area at a time.Sort through stuff, clean & dust as you go. Get rid of things that don’t fit who you are

Light is good

Expose your baby to about 30 minutes of light each morning. Why? Light suppresses the release of the sleep hormone melatonin; this helps set her internal clock — making it easier for her to fall asleep at night.

Book Suggestion: Not in a Box

Not in a box

Wrapped in basic, grocery-bag-brown paper, Not a Box this streamlined book visualizes a child’s imagined games.

From: Amazon.com

Learning to Talk

When kids are learning to speak don’t correct them constantly- if they say “us are doing something”, or “me” in lieu of “I” that’s also okay

Shop back to school early

Shop for your back to school items early. Don’t be left to frantically sift through the picked-over rubble in the school supplies section of your local department store to find a pencil case of a particular style and color.

Tooth Decay in younger kids

Introduce juice in cup rather than bottle, so child won’t want to go to sleep drinking this from bottle.  It could cause tooth decay.

Toddler Party Tip

When planning a toddler party, invite family and the kids your toddler plays with regularly (four or five is plenty). An hour and a half is enough time to play, have a snack, sing, and eat cake.

Nature Walks

Go for a nature walk – Educational yet lots of fun. Your toddler will love exploring and collecting different treasures to bring home.
From: Mommyscape.com

Put claim to your toddler stuff

Prepare for back to school by marking all their stuff! Put your child’s name on the back of everything including backpack, books, jackets, and even shoes.
From: Christian-parent.com

Choosing a School

When choosing a school visit and observe. Make sure you visit a real class – don’t just read about it.
From: Education.com

Hand-eye coordination

By the time your child reaches two or three years of age, she’ll be ready to start throwing things and wanting to catch them. This is a great way to improve hand-eye coordination.

From: essortment.com

Playgroups

When planning a play group it’s a good idea to have fewer children to keep keep things calmer.

From: ToddlersToday.com

Safety Tip.

Make sure closets can be opened from the inside, so that your toddler doesn’t get locked in.

From: ParentingToddlers.com

potty training and siblings

For younger siblings potty training may be quicker, as they watch big brother or sister use the potty and want to immitate this wonderful role model.

From: PottyTrainingStuff.com

Reading together is better comprehension

Encourage your children to join in while you read. Pause to let them fill in a rhyming word or repeating line: “I’ll huff and I’ll puff . . .”
From: RIF.org

Toddler’s fighting.

Perhaps the only thing worse than seeing another child hit your toddler is seeing your toddler hit another child. Parents know that children won’t always get along, but it can be painful for parents to watch their children fighting-sometimes violently-with their peers.

From: Partnershipforlearning.org.