Praise effort, not results.
Praise effort, not results.
Go for a nature walk – Educational yet lots of fun. Your toddler will love exploring and collecting different treasures to bring home.
It never hurts to add some affection into daily activities. You’ll enjoy the hugs and your child will too. You’ll build a bond that your child will never forget. And it will make him/her want to interact with you and have fun at the same time.
Tell stories about trips you shared when you were young. This is a great way to weave a ‘tapestry’ of shared experiences for whole family.
Visit your local pet store. Most have impressive collections of dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles & hamsters to delight the little ones.
Kids with good teeth grow up to be adults with good teeth. If you teach your children how to brush and floss and take them to the dentist twice a year, they’ll have strong, healthy teeth.
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.
Young kids likely won’t understand yet what it means to have a new sibling. Look at picture books about babies and families.
Instead of always pointing out everything your child does wrong, give them attention for the things that they do right
Simply rubbing a child’s back, smiling and winking, or tucking a child into bed communicates, ‘I care about you.’
Changes to your child’s family situation can impact on their emotional and academic well-being. If you keep your child’s teacher informed of any changed circumstances the child can be supported if necessary.
Recent studies have shown that children who grow up in families that eat meals together are less likely to become overweight or have eating disorders.
Empathizing with a child, as opposed to minimizing her feelings, helps her recover more quickly from disappointment and teaches her how to regulate her emotions within a situation.
Save the family tree by having a special toddler tree just for your son or daughter. This small tree can be kid-sized and decorated in baby-friendly Christmas ornaments such as plush ornaments and other safe decorations.
If you are in a blended family, your own children may not want to visit the parents of their new step-mother or step-father for Christmas or Hanukkah, especially if this is not a holiday they have celebrated. If that is the case, it is probably not a good idea to force them.
The transition to the new childcare setting may go more smoothly if you can take it in small steps. If possible, consider bringing your child in for an hour or two the first time.
Anxiety is a normal part of children’s development. Almost all children feel shy or fearful around strangers. But about one in 10 children experience anxiety more intensely and more often than other children. This stops them from getting the most out of life.
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