Mastering hand-eye skills

All the smaller, more dexterous movements that involve concentration and hand-eye coordination are fine motor skills. Your child starts mastering these skills with the pincher grasp.

Everyday materials for crafts

You can reuse materials such as egg cartons, yarn scraps, toilet paper tubes, and boxes for many activities.

Choking hazards

Be on constant guard for small toys and objects that can be choking hazards, batteries, coins, marbles, and pieces of toys from older siblings.

When todders begin drawing and coloring

By 18 months, it is age appropriate for your child to try scribbling with a crayon.

Reasuring your kids

It is important to let your kids know you are always there for them no matter what the subject is.

Being a role model

Be a positive role model. If you’re practicing healthy habits, it’s a lot easier to convince children to do the same.

Using burp cloths

Burp cloths are the perfect size for throwing over your shoulder to avoid mishaps. Cloth diapers can be used as a substitute.

Pool safety tip

Always enclose pools, ponds or hot tubs and put a safety fence between any water source and the house.

Party tip in planning a party

Involve children in party planning. Kids like to get involved when motivated to be especially helpful.

Making for safe swing sets

Backyard swing sets and play areas are wonderful, but make sure they are safe by having a soft surface underneath.

Celebrate Success

Every time your toddler succeeded in using the potty, celebrate and make him / her feel good about the achievement. The child will feel encouraged to ‘repeat’ the performance.

Practice eating with utensils

When teaching your little one to eat with a spoon, practice is the key. Although familiar, the concept of using a utensil on his own is completely new.

Get the whole family active

Plan times for everyone to get moving together. Take walks, ride bikes, go swimming, garden or just play hide-and-seek outside.

Party standards for number of kids to invite

Follow the old birthday party planning rule of inviting the same number of young guests as your child’s age.

Baby skin is very delicate

Your babies skin is very delicate. Be sure to choose all natural bath and skin care products that soothe and protect them.

Making time for kids

Put time aside weekly (if not daily at dinner) for one on one time or family time.

Let kids help when shopping

Let your kids hold the bag while you pick the pears. Ask their opinion on creamy or chunky peanut butter. The pre-schooler loves grownup jobs

Sharing is learned

Sharing is not something that is innate in a child and they will only learn it through your constant observation and guidance.

Fireworks and tot safety

Sparklers, considered by many the ideal ‘safe’ firework for the young, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing.

Safety around BBQs

Children are naturally curious about BBQs. Each year about 1,000 people suffer burns. Stay safe this holiday.