You can never have too many Goldfish. The crackers, not the live ones. more info
There is no such thing as allowing your kid to play with your phone ‘just once.’ more info
Set clear limits & enforce consistently. Child needs to know what you expect. But be sure to have time/energy to carry through more info
Avoid over-reacting, raising your voice, or offering false threats. Help your child gain control & trust in your parenting. more info
Avoid name calling and labeling kids, ‘Hyper’, ‘Trouble maker’ or ‘problem child’ Labels don’t help a child’s self-esteem more info
Many parents swear by a warning system to get tots to move from place to place, try a 5 or 10 minute countdown.
Just as you encourage him to triumph, let him learn to fail, too, and then be there for him with hugs and encouragement.
Making little, things routine (ie:singing a song@bedtime or pancakes on the weekends) turns them into special traditions.
Actively listen to your children to find out what’s causing their behavior and help them through difficult moments.
Remember to praise & encourage child for appropriate behavior. Rule of thumb is to give 4 positive comments for 1 reprimand.
Empathizing, instead of minimizing feelings, helps recover more quickly from disappointment & teaches to regulate emotions.
Eye contact tells child she is important & that you are focusing on her. It also encourages her to make eye contact with you.
Save ‘No’ for ‘red flag’ moments when safety/health at risk, give immediate response when tot crosses the line. http://bit.ly/PjI7YA
Interacting with just one other child is a big deal for a toddler – inviting more than that may make it impossible for them all to have a good time.
Get your kids involved in household duties at an early age.
Research suggests that kids who are involved in household chores from an early age tend to be happier and more successful.
Practice and hone your skills at being non-judgmental.
Start labeling feelings and avoid name-calling. Say, "he seems angry," rather than, "what a jerk." When your kids are whiny or crying, saying things like, "you seem sad," will always be better than just asking them to stop.
Depriving kids of the feelings they’re experiencing will only drive them underground and make them stronger.
A great way to teach your toddler to walk is to tiptoe. Tiptoe teaches your toddler to actually use his/ her own body weight to develop strength and balance.
Before allowing the child to tiptoe, make sure you do it while the child is watching. Then have the child follow you as you tiptoe forward, backward, sideward and in circles.
Change from using "no" comments to using "yes" comments as much as possible. For example, you can change "No food throwing!" to "Food stays on our highchair tray." This helps to identify the rules without starting an emotional battle.
Between their newly found independence, and their newly acquired skill of walking, toddlers can be hard to manage indoors. Save yourself the headache of saying ‘no’ all the time and lock up (or put out of reach) your valuables.
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