How to introduce new foods

When introducing new foods, keep track of them on the calendar so you can track down food allergies.

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Teaching children about portion control

Place only a small amount of food in your child’s plate.

It may be good to start with one tablespoon of food for each kind of dish. If he cleans his plate, it will give him a sense of accomplishment. A child can always ask for a second serving, if he wishes to eat more.

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Explaining Earth Day

It is important to explain to your kids what Earth Day represents, and what you do as a family; not just one day, but every day to help the environment.

Some examples include… Plant a tree in your yard. Recycle as much as you can. When not at home, keep lights off. Conserve water by not leaving water on when brushing teeth and limiting time in the shower.

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Reduce electricity

Explain to your children that lights, computers, televisions and furnaces use energy, and that energy is in short supply.

Enjoy the earth

Kids have to love the world to want to protect it. So take nature walks and look at the trees, flowers and sky. When you’re away on vacation, don’t forget to enjoy the local natural environment, not just the tourist sites.

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Kids can be green too

There are dozens of small things your kids can do every day to save energy and keep the world cleaner and greener. Your kids can… walk, ride a bike or take the bus instead of traveling by car. Take faster showers or baths in just a small amount of water.

Help hang clothes on the line instead of putting them in the dryer.

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Book Suggestion: Binky

Binky is a bright and playful board book devoted to the all-important Binky that raises the plaintive question: can there be any peace in the house when a beloved Binky is not to be found?

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Book Suggestion: My Little Sister Ate One Hare

As children lend an ear to My Little Sister Ate One Hare, Bill Grossman’s counting book, they will have but one question: "What creature will that girl eat next?!

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Toddler clean up tip

When children are taught from an early age to pick up their toys after playing, the process becomes routine. Not requiring immediate cleanup when kids are little leads to difficulty later on.

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Meal time is family time

Make family meals a great bonding time for the family. Set your toddler’s place in the family table, and try to make it fun for everybody. Try to talk about fun topics, which your toddler may find interesting.

You may also set up your table in a fun way, so that your toddler is enticed to sit down.

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Tired of loosing baby shoes?

Take some return address labels, stick them on the soles, and cover with clear packing tape.

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Limiting the juices

Too much juice of milk between meals can fill a toddler up so he/she is not hungry at meal time. Offer water or watered down juice instead.

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How to transition from nursing to drinking

Sippy cups help a toddler make the transition from nursing or a bottle to drinking from a glass more easily, but most toddlers don’t need them too long. With a little help from you, she can quickly drink independently from a glass.

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Reducing home allergens

To reduce allergens replace furnace and air filters every 1-2 months during peak allergy seasons.

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Book Suggestion: Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak’s artwork.

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Book Suggestion: Dinosaur vs. Bedtime

Nothing can stop little dinosaur – not talking grownups, spaghetti, or even bath time. But what happens when he faces the biggest challenge of all… bedtime? Dinosaur vs. Bedtime

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Making Easter eggs tip

When making Easter eggs, rubber bands around the eggs make nice stripes. On plain eggs for a white & colored egg; or dye once, rubber band, and then dye again for the stripes.

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Paint a bunny face

Children love to have their faces painted. Here’s an easy way to turn your little one into Peter Cottontail’s helper:

Draw an upside-down triangle on the child’s nose with the brush from brown or black liquid eyeliner. Fill in completely. Rub a circle of rouge on each cheek. Paint three whiskers with the eyeliner on each side of the face, starting from the nose and extending across the cheek.

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Keep your toddler from getting sick from Easter

Do not to let your child overdo it on the chocolate front. A little goes a long way so try to limit your child’s intake, especially if he or she is very young.

You can buy relatively small eggs from most shops; as tempting as it may be to buy your child a giant chocolate bunny, bear in mind that the last thing that you want over Easter is a sick toddler or baby.

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Candy-free Easter baskets

Easter baskets don’t have to be full of chocolate and peeps. Add bubbles sidewalk chalk and playdoh.

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