Building Thanksgiving Confidence

Ask your child to help you set the Thanksgiving table, showing you value his help. This will help to build his confidence and self-esteem.

Talk about Thanksgiving with your child.

Talk about Thanksgiving and how people have been celebrating harvest time with a big feast for a long time. Talk about what you will do for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Craft

Make a thankful chain. Cut out strips in Fall colors and keep them out during the month and guide your kids to think of things they are thankful for (i.e. grandparents, food, sister, etc.) By Thanksgiving, you can have a large chain to reflect on. You can also have your guests help you do this on Thanksgiving.

Praising your child

Praise effort, not results.

Nature Walks

Go for a nature walk – Educational yet lots of fun. Your toddler will love exploring and collecting different treasures to bring home.
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Give hugs and kisses.

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.

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History Lessons

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.
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Fun (free) activity

Visit your local pet store. Most have impressive collections of dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles & hamsters to delight the little ones.

The truth about brushing and flossing for kids

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.

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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Valentine’s clothing tip

For Valentine’s Day, let your little one help you in picking out their clothes for today. See how many clothing items your child can find that are red or pink.

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New additions

Young kids likely won’t understand yet what it means to have a new sibling. Look at picture books about babies and families.

Catch your child being good

Instead of always pointing out everything your child does wrong, give them attention for the things that they do right

Communicating you care

Simply rubbing a child’s back, smiling and winking, or tucking a child into bed communicates, ‘I care about you.’

Keep the preschool teacher informed

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.

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Eating together promotes healthy eating

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.

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Empathizing

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.

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Special toddler trees

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.

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Babysitter guide

What information do you need to give your babysitter that will help keep your children safe and happy? Use this list as your guide.

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Handling the InterFaith Holidays

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.

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