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.

Eating out with toddlers

When dining out each parent should try to order something out of either their main entree or sides that the child will like.

This way the child will have a variety of food to eat if he decides he doesn’t like something that night that he usually loves.

Family Time

Do fun things together as a family, such as playing games, reading, and going to events in your community.

How to explain to a toddler

Babies and young children won’t understand lengthy explanations. Present one idea to make your point.

Discipline and toddlers

Kids raised with authoritarian discipline have tendencies toward anger and depression.

Parent-Child Relationships

Remember that all relationships take work. Good parent-child connections don’t spring out of nowhere, any more than good marriages do.

Play is productive

Focus on play and process, not productivity. When kids do art to solicit positive comments from adults, sometimes they can’t wait to finish another picture.

Toddlers love a good story

Your toddler loves listening to the sound of your voice. Engage her in a bedtime story to help her drift off to sleep.

Vital Records Charts

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers vital records charts for where birth, death, marriage, or divorce occurred.
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Who’s the adult?

Take a deep breath… and another. Then remember you are the adult.

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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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Tired of loosing baby shoes?

Take some return address labels, stick them on the soles, and cover with clear packing tape.

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Limiting the juices

Too much juice of milk between meals can fill a toddler up so he/she is not hungry at meal time. Offer water or watered down juice instead.

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Assigning consequences for young children

Keep consequences short. Don’t "pile it on" when providing negative consequences, especially when a child’s inappropriate behavior continues.

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Being direct with children

Be direct. Direct requests are more likely to be followed. Avoid asking questions, especially when you are not offering a choice.

For example, don’t say, “Can you pick up your toys” (the answer is obviously no) when you mean "please pick up your toys".

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Praise your child when they follow your directions.

Positive, appropriate behavior should not be taken for granted. Look frequently for opportunities to praise good listening as well as all other responsible, appropriate behaviors.

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Enjoying the reading experience

When you hold your baby close and look at a book together, your baby will enjoy the snuggling and hearing your voice as well as the story.

Feeling safe and secure with you while looking at a book builds your baby’s confidence and love of reading.

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think ahead

Think ahead. It is better to prevent trouble than react angrily later. source

good stuff

Notice the good things. Toddlers like to please the people they love, and they love attention source

Make learning fun

If children feel coercedinto learn they’ll start to dread learning instead of loving the process source