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

Parenting success

Nobody’s perfect, so don’t torture yourself with an impossibly high bar for parenting success. source

Lighten Up

Lighten up! Joking with your toddler helps set them up for social success source

Directing your kids

Having trouble? Direct your kids with what you want them to do instead of what you want them to stop doing. source

Language to feelings

Give children language for their feelings. Labeling emotion is first step in brain’s ability to process verbally instead of physically source

Get down

Get down to your child’s level. This helps your child focus on you and your message. source

Be Positive

cultivate a positive attitude, a positive presence and watch many of your family struggles slip away. source