Learning to behave with others

How you treat your child is how she will learn to treat herself. If you’re harsh with her, she’ll be harsh with herself.

Home safety tip

Place safety latches on all doors and cabinets, especially where cleaning products and medicines are located.

Traveling with a toddler

If you have a long wait between flights, check the airport website to see if there is a play area at the airport. You’d be surprised how many have a place for kids to get their ya-yas out.

Water and toddlers don’t mix

Never leave your toddler near or around water (that is, bathtubs, pools, ponds, lakes, whirlpools, or the ocean) without someone watching her.

Conflict resolution

Conflict resolution at home actually lays the groundwork for tougher situations later in life such as dating, drinking, drugs, or smoking. Practicing conflict resolution at home also helps kids develop strategies to solve tougher problems when not at home.

Emotional attachment to food

Toddlers develop an emotional attachment to food. Do not overfeed your toddler with snackfoods and other unhealthy foods. This will help develop good eating habits for life.

Limiting choices

Give your toddler limited choices. Make them as palatable as possible to the child, but eliminate any options that are unacceptable to you.

Hand-eye coordination

To improve hand eye coordination get some blocks or tower toys. Let your child build things with blocks that encourage playing and coordination. These toys help your child learn what items can fit on top of each other and stack easily.

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.

Testing limits

Toddlers need to test their limits. A toddler who is being denied something may choose bullying as a way of getting what he wants.

Be aware of frostbite in winter

Winter weather and indoor heating can cause itchy, dry eczema to flare up. Give your child short, lukewarm baths or showers, and wash with a mild soap like Dove.

Frostbite often attacks toes, tip of the nose and ears. Signs include numb, grey-white or yellowish skin with a waxy feel, blisters. If frostbite is mild, give Advil or Tylenol. Then, gradually warm the area: microwave a wet cloth in a zip-top bag (it shouldn’t be hot to touch — affected skin burns easily). Hold the bag against the area. For more extreme cases, see your doctor.

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).

Toddler Tantrums

Toddler having a tantrum? Many times, your child just needs to be held and needs you to help him control his emotions.

Toddlers love a good story

Your toddler loves listening to the sound of your voice. Engage her in a bedtime story to help her drift off to sleep.

Experience Winter with your child

Walk outside. Let your toddler experience firsthand the feelings and sights of winter. Explain how it is cold outside. Emphasize the need for coats, hats, mittens and boots when outside.

If there is snow on the ground, touch it and walk in it. Let your toddler feel how snow is different from the ground. Don’t be surprised if your toddler doesn’t like it and wants to go inside.

Thick coats and child seats.

Parents everywhere bring out their babies’ winter coats or snowsuits to keep baby warm during travel. However, thick winter coats or snowsuits can compromise your child’s car seat safety.

In order for a baby car seat or toddler booster seat to function properly, the straps need to remain tight against the child’s chest.

Toddler Party Tip

When planning a toddler party, invite family and the kids your toddler plays with regularly (four or five is plenty). An hour and a half is enough time to play, have a snack, sing, and eat cake.

Playgroups

When planning a play group it’s a good idea to have fewer children to keep keep things calmer.

From: ToddlersToday.com

Toddler game idea

Have fun today, play a “color game” by asking your child to find something in the room that is a certain color.
From: How to Do things.com

Fun (free) activity

Visit your local pet store. Most have impressive collections of dogs, cats, fish, birds, reptiles & hamsters to delight the little ones.