time-outs as punishment

Time out is one of the most common toddler discipline method. Keep the time brief around one minute per year of age.

Instilling values, reasoning, and incentives

It is important for parents to be consistent both in modeling behavior and in addressing appropriate versus inappropriate behavior in the child

Monkey-see, Monkey-do

Using profanity, hitting, or other disrespectful behavior may be a direct result of ‘monkey-see, monkey-do’. Kids are looking and listening to everything we do.

Communication with your kids

Talk to your toddler/child about what they and you are doing. Keeping up a steady stream of narration helps support their language development.

Ask your child’s opinion

Ask for your child’s opinion on things!   This helps them realize that what they say matters.

Reasuring your kids

It is important to let your kids know you are always there for them no matter what the subject is.

Being a role model

Be a positive role model. If you’re practicing healthy habits, it’s a lot easier to convince children to do the same.

Celebrate Success

Every time your toddler succeeded in using the potty, celebrate and make him / her feel good about the achievement. The child will feel encouraged to ‘repeat’ the performance.

Making time for kids

Put time aside weekly (if not daily at dinner) for one on one time or family time.

Ideals on discipline

If you and your spouse differ on parenting ideas or discipline, talk about it separately from the child. Present a unified front.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Children will be more compliant on the majors if they feel a sense of power as well on some of the minor issues.

Toddlers and television

Try not to park the toddler in front of the television set. Many doctors recommend that children under the age of 2 watch no television at all.

Mixing play time with shopping

Stick an ice chest in the car trunk so you can head to the grocery store and not worry about frozen food melting. A toddler slows down everything, and an ice chest lets us not worry about rushing.

Disciplining through redirection

Redirection is a wonderful technique when it comes to toddler discipline. If your toddler is about to do something wrong, or is throwing a fit, simply try to redirect them to something else.

Write reminders

Leaving yourself notes that say, “Don’t argue” or “Look for cooperation” or “Don’t give in to whining” may seem simplistic, but it can really help.

Put them where you’ll see them during your day.

Empathize, Empathize, Empathize.

Kids who receive a lot of empathy for their own feelings from the adults in their lives are the earliest to develop empathy for others, and research has shown that empathy for others is the cornerstone of successful interpersonal relationships.

From parentingbookmark.com.

Save money on electricity

Compact fluorescent bulb uses about 75% less electricity, but the most energy-saving bulb of all is one that’s turned off

How to tell the difference between allergies and colds

Does baby have allergies or a cold? If symptoms persist for more than a few days then nasal allergies may be to blame.

Toddlers and eating fruit

Fruit kebabs are a lot more fun to eat than plain old fruit. Use flavored yogurt or low-fat chocolate pudding for dipping.

Set the stage for success

Offer age-appropriate toys and games. Start with something simple before moving on to more challenging tasks.