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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Transitioning to childcare

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.

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Anxiety and normal development

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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Healthy dinners when things get hectic

Freeze a few easy dinners. It will be much easier on you if you have dinner prepared so that meal preparation will not add to household tensions during the first week of school.

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Answer tots questions

Results showed kids were more than twice as likely to re-ask their question after a non-explanation compared with a real answer.

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Choosing paint in a bedroom

When decorating a toddler’s bedroom choose a paint that can be easily cleaned with soap and water to reduce the number of times you’ll need to spend re-painting.

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Let kids help when shopping

Employ your charge.  Let your kids hold the bag while you pick the pears. 

Ask their opinion on creamy or chunky peanut butter.  Allow them to hold the toilet paper until you make more room in the cart.  The pre-school crowd loves to be needed–the more grownup the job the better.

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Have a special place for reading

Create a quiet, special place in your home for your child to read, write and draw. Keep books and other reading materials where your child can easily reach them.

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Meals and distractions

Do not let other activities get in the way of meal times.

Turn off the television, and keep toys away from the table. This will let your child focus on eating, rather than playing.

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Properly inflated tires save money at the pump

Tires have a bigger impact on the environment than you might think.

Did you know 50 to 80 percent of tires are under inflated?

Under inflated tires waste up to five percent of a car’s fuel. How much fuel would we save if we properly inflated our tires? Up to two billion gallons a year!

From si.edu.