Learning to behave with others

How you treat your child is how she will learn to treat herself. If you’re harsh with her, she’ll be harsh with herself.

Organization in the family

Organization is one dimension of family health. Without enough of it, families suffer the consequences of a chaotic environment.

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.

Family Time

For maximizing family time, remember that it is not the amount of time you spend with your family but what you do with the time you do have. Set aside special times each week just for your family.

Make plans to spend time together.

For Valentine’s Day, make plans to spend time alone with your toddler doing something he/she enjoys.

Grandparents and children

On occasion, have grandparents spend time with individual grandchildren. It will give them an opportunity to bond, without competition, with that day’s companion grandchild.

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.
From: Mommyscape.com

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.

From: ToddlerToddler.com

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.
From: HelpGuide.org

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.

From Parenting Toddlers.net.

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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.’