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.

Giving your child a haircut

Always trim bangs first because that’s the most important part. That way, if baby has a total meltdown at least the front will look neat.

Ask for help when picking up toys.

Ask for help when picking up toys. You may think your tot is too young to help, but kids do it every day at daycare.

Pick your priorities.

If you try to tackle every discipline challenge at once, you’ll be too overwhelmed. Choose 1-2 to focus on with diligence & attention

The power of hugs

Generous hugs go miles to make a child feel better. If your tot gets scared, comfort him. Mom & Dad have the power to make everything right

Experience Autumn with your Child

Talk about the trees & the different colors they are turning. Collect leaves and tell your child in simple terms why they are falling off

Keep from getting overwhelmed

Write a ‘to do’ list for the week on a dry-erase board. Having everything written down keeps you from feeling overwhelmed.

Evaluating ADHD

Until the last few years, many school systems were reluctant to evaluate a child with ADHD. But recent laws have made clear the school’s obligation to the child suspected of having ADHD that is affecting adversely his or her performance in school.

Swapping out toys

Toddlers get bored of seeing the same old toys every morning. Stash a group of toys in a closet, attic, or basement so that every eight weeks or so, you can replace the been-there-done-that toys with some “new” toys, toys from your very own store.

Games for outside

Toddlers love to play outside, so look for games that can be played outdoors. A kids-style croquet set is a fun, easy-to-learn game that you can play with your child.

Bullies

Is your child being bullied? Reassure your child there is no weakness in leaving the situation, to keep away from the bully.

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.