Portion control tip

Offer smaller portions to start & let child ask for more. This lets them feel he has more control rather than you trying to force feed.

Teeth brushing tip

Ask tot to sing a song as they brush or set a musical timer for 2 min to get in the habit of brushing for recommended length of time

The benefits of pausing while reading

Pause while reading to show pictures. Share reactions to the story through your voice or gestures & encourage child to react too.

Book Friday: Peek-A Who?

Peek-A Who? is a fun board book. Nina Laden’s illustrations in this simple, rhyming board book are truly magical.

Encourage reading

Encourage reading by keeping books visible and at the child’s level.

Allergies run in the family

If a parent is allergic to a food, child may be more likely to develop an allergy. Help prevent the food allergy by eliminate the food.

Serving sizes for toddlers

The typical serving size for a toddler is about 1/4 of what an adult size serving would be.

Morning start up tip

Mornings can be tough with kids. Try taking 5-10 min with your 2-year-old when he first wakes up to snuggle and talk quietly about the day

Practice safety in the kitchen

Practice safety in the kitchen. Remove all small magnets from the refrigerator; small items can easily be lodged in a toddler’s throat

Going house to house on Halloween

When trick or treating tell kids to just stand outside the door, not right up to the door. Never go inside the house. If they insist you go inside, run to the next house and report the incident so the police can check it out.

Book Suggestion: The Story about Ping

The Story about Ping is a sweet and funny book with wonderfully rich and colorful illustrations.

Making your yard safe for trick-or-treaters

To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.

Pumpkin carving tips

Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers.  Then parents can do the cutting.

Have a spooky filling dinner

Treating your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them.

Halloween costume accessories safety tip

Have children use a flexible costume knives and swords, not ones that are rigid or sharp.

Halloween Vehicle Safety Tip

During Halloween, turn on your vehicle’s headlights, even during the day. They make you more visible.

Halloween costume tip

Halloween costumes should fit well and not drag on the ground to guard against trips and falls.

Book Suggestion: The Night Before Halloween

Little monsters and goofy goblins take center stage in this silly, spooky spin on Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem.

But what will happen on Halloween when the monsters come face to face with human trick-or-treaters in this fun-filled book The Night Before Halloween

When to trick or treat with toddlers

It is best to hit the trick or treating route early, right near nightfall. Not only do the little ones tire easily and go to bed early, but the more aggressive crowds tends to start roaming the streets later.

Pick the right costume

Halloween now days is more intense than it was in 1970. Costumes can be very scary for a little two year old. While many grand parents want to get creative with their grand children and make home made costumes including vampires, werewolves, and a bunch of fake blood, it is best to go with fun costumes