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.
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.
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.
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!
Talk about the trees and the different colors they are turning. Collect leaves and tell your child in simple terms why they are falling off. Play in the leaves.
Children love to have their faces painted. Here’s an easy way to turn your little one into Peter Cottontail’s helper: Draw an upside-down triangle on the child’s nose with the brush from brown or black liquid eyeliner. Fill in completely. Rub a circle of rouge on each cheek. Paint three whiskers with the eyeliner on each side of the face, starting from the nose and extending across the cheek.
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