Don’t skimp on sunscreen

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people apply only about half as much sunscreen as they should.

Toddler obstacle courses activity

Obstacle courses can be great outdoor children games or you can create one for an active rainy day game. Setting up cushions for tots to crawl over or furniture to crawl under can make for a fun activity.

Touching game

Make a touching bag! Put a variety of small objects into a bag and ask your child to put his hand in and feel one. Is it warm or cold? Is it smooth or rough? Is it hard or soft? You are teaching your child to put words to objects and discover the names of different textures.

Getting down to your child’s eye level

Be aware of your posture and position when talking with your child. Get down to your child’s eye level. Kneel next to him or sit beside him to take away the intimidating difference in size and height.

Checking for Asthma

Is your child’s cough hanging on longer than normal? Then you may want to have him checked for asthma. Most of us associate asthma with attacks that leave children wheezing and having difficulty breathing.

Undivided attention

To a child, the best thing you can give them is your undivided attention. What could be better, then, than to spend a whole morning, afternoon, or evening with just you?

Kitchenware toys

Get some non-breakable containers with lids in assorted sizes. Have your child remove the lids, mix them up, and then put them back on the appropriate container. Start with two or three containers then add more as your child improves.

Opt for positive reinforcement

Studies show that toddler discipline using positive reinforcement works far better than punishment.

Babyproofing the backyard

The backyard should be considered another ‘room’ and should be childproofed just as an indoor room would be.

Library summer activities

Check out summer programs at your local public library. Many feature special story times, sing-alongs, and puppet shows during the summer. These programs offer fun opportunities for your child to expand his language-and literacy-related skills.

Bad habits for bed time

If your child will to go to bed only if you’re around, he’s forming bad habits that will be hard to break later. The best lesson you can teach him is how to soothe himself to sleep.

positive parenting

Say “Yes”. Change from using “No” comments to using “Yes” comments as much as possible.

Stroller travel tip

Don’t check your stroller unless you plan to carry your child in a sling. Most airlines will allow you to push your stroller all the way to the gate.

Activity Tip: Cookbook Fun

Cooking can be a fun activity for children on those rainy days they are cooped up inside. Take it out and ask your children to choose a recipe to try. Baking will not only be fun but will keep their minds engaged with things like counting eggs or measuring flour.

Bed time is bed time

Stand your ground even if your child cries or pleads for an exception to the going-to-bed rule. If you’re frustrated, try not to engage in a power struggle. Speak calmly and quietly but insist that when time’s up, time’s up.

Vocabulary milestone

By 16 months, your toddler will probably start making many common consonant sounds, such as t, d, n, w, and h. Learning to make these sounds is a watershed event, one that leads to the rapid vocabulary spurt that most children go through starting around 18 months.

Vocabulary tip

Build your child’s vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects. For example, “Look at that airplane! Those are the wings of the plane. Why do you think they are called wings?”

Toddler meals

Lunch is a really important meal for your preschooler. It should provide more than 1/4 of the day’s total calories and contain a mix of the healthy food groups.

Timing of a toddler party

When planning party duration, one hour is more than enough time for a toddler or pre-school party. For older children two to three hours is recommended.

Asthma triggers

Exposure to allergens such as dust mites, cockroaches, mold, pollens, or animal dander can trigger or worsen symptoms in some children with asthma.