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

Creating Holiday Potpourri

Make holiday Potpourri by punching holes in a couple of oranges with a fork and fill the holes with whole cloves. Arrange in a basket or bowl along with cinnamon sticks, rosemary, anise, & pine cones for a fragrant display.

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


Tots ask lots of questions, make sure that, your explanations are tailored to his or her age and keep them short and simple source


You can never have too many popsicles in the freezer. How many bad moods have been fixed by a simple popsicle? source

Driving and talking

Studies show that children aren’t being talked to nearly enough. Take the time when in the car to talk to them and let them talk to you source

Do this not that

When you want your toddler to stop doing something, make it clear what is you want them to do instead. source

Call by name

Always call your toddler by name rather than simply giving them instructions when you are trying to get them to pay attention source


Celebrate achievements, no matter how small source


What you do matters. Your kids are watching you. source

Encourage independence

Toddlers like to be independent and cope far better emotionally if they can do things themselves source

Mood Counts

Toddlers will pick up on your mood so make sure you’re in a good mood first and they will follow you example. source

Trade off kids

Sitters are hard to find, but parents can help each other by watching each other’s children. A no cost way to recharge yourself. source

Be positive

Parents who express negative emotions toward their infants are likely to find themselves with aggressive kindergartners. source