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.

Experience Autumn with your Child

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.
From: eHow.com

Start laughing and be silly.

It’s okay to be silly with your child. Just because you are the adult doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun too! After you start the sillies, you won’t have to think of what to do next, the fun will follow.
From: ToddlerToddler.com

Paint a bunny face

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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Make paper plate bunnies.

Simply take one white paper plate and cut 2 ear shapes from it and staple or glue them to the top of another white paper plate and draw a face on it. Glue cotton balls around the edge of the plate.
From: Momscape.com

Take a break.

After your toddler starts to play on his/her own, keep a magazine nearby and sneak a peek at a page while she is stacking blocks. It’s okay to take a break! She’ll let you know when she needs some more attention, interaction, or direction.
From: ToddlerToddler.com

Do cultural things.

Each month visit an art gallery, museum, or educational exhibit.
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Organization in the family

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

Make your children feel loved and important.

Kids develop a sense of self-worth early in life. Listen to what your children have to say.

Assure them that they are loved and safe. Celebrate their individuality, and tell them what makes them special and what you admire about them.
From: Kids Growth.com

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.
From: PediatricsNow.com.