Advocating for your child

Always be your child’s advocate, but never become the teacher’s adversary.

If you feel your child has been wronged, defend her. Call the teacher, have a conference, work things out the best you can, but don’t make the teacher the enemy.

When parents and teachers are openly hostile toward each other, the child almost always becomes the loser.

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Staying involved with schooling

Take time to meet each teacher and be sure they have your contact information and you have theirs if there are any concerns regarding your child.

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The ugly truth about greeting cards

Every year, there are 2.65 billion holiday cards sold in the U.S. That’s enough to fill a football stadium field 10 stories high! 

Look for cards that contain recycled content or are actually recycled materials.  You can make your own cards out of scrap paper found around the house. 

Or, you could use old cards as name tags for presents or for colorful artwork to decorate your house.  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.


Daycare fees

While daycare center rates are important, check for hidden fees which will add up during the year. Being late to pick up your toddler will incur some hefty overage charges!

Toddler Language Skills

Help your child’s language skills by speaking to her in complete sentences and in ‘adult’ language. Help her to use the correct words and phrases.
From: CDC: Child Development

Art Supply Tip

Establish a place for art supplies early on, that is both easily accessible and neat.

Learing to hold a pencil.

To help develop a writing grasp, have your child color with broken crayons (if your child is still putting inappropriate things in his mouth, adult supervision is required to prevent choking).

Learning with your toddler

Bring your child to places where he or she can learn- The zoo, museums, parks and child classes.