Keeping your cool

To feel strong and calm you may need to work at managing your own stress levels. Make sure you give yourself time to take a break and relax sometimes: taking a nice pampering bath or sitting down with a cup of tea to watch your favorite TV show will give you a chance to recharge batteries.

Washing Hands

To teach kids how to wash their hands more thoroughly, encourage them to count to 10 once they have 2 squirts of liquid soap on their hands.

Toddler Play

Toddlers participate in ‘parallel play’, meaning they may begin to play around other children, but not necessarly with other children.

Getting out Grass Stains

To get out grass stains, try rubbing with a solution of one part rubbing alcohol to two parts water on colorfast material.

Building Thanksgiving Confidence

Ask your child to help you set the Thanksgiving table, showing you value his help. This will help to build his confidence and self-esteem.

Thanksgiving Craft

A popular craft that offers Thanksgiving fun for toddlers is the stenciled hand turkey! Simply trace his or hand on a piece of white or colored paper, and allow your child to color it. You can make a mobile, with dangling turkeys that each have an “I’m thankful for…” message.
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Cooking with your Toddler

When preparing for Thanksgiving allow your child to help measure, mash, bake and cook some of the dinner dishes with you. This will help your child develop math and manipulating skills, as well as the knowledge of temperatures.

Talk about Thanksgiving with your child.

Talk about Thanksgiving and how people have been celebrating harvest time with a big feast for a long time. Talk about what you will do for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Craft

Make a thankful chain. Cut out strips in Fall colors and keep them out during the month and guide your kids to think of things they are thankful for (i.e. grandparents, food, sister, etc.) By Thanksgiving, you can have a large chain to reflect on. You can also have your guests help you do this on Thanksgiving.

Being Secure

During times of change and stress children need extra attention, love and security.

Photo Tip

Place a blanket in the snuggly seat or bassinet that is color coordinated with what the baby is wearing. Fill the frame so there’s nothing else in the background. The entire image should be just the baby and the item in which he’s placed.

Night Nursing

By 12 months, many pediatricians recommend no more night nursings, because you risk cavities.

Behavior

Reward cooperative and non-aggressive behavior with a hug.

Breastfeeding Fact

Breastfeeding saves over $1000 a year.

Halloween and Allergies

Remember that treat-size candy may have different ingredients or may be made on different machinery than the same regular-size candy.

Fire Safety

To avoid any contact with fire, don’t dress your little goblin in any costume with billowing material such as baggy sleeves or flowing skirts.

Fabric choices for costumes

When picking a costume choose fabric that is flame resistant. You can even buy pajamas that have a Halloween theme.

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Trick or Treating Tip

Go to the bathroom BEFORE leaving the house to trick or treat. And, choosing a costume that is easy to use the bathroom in.
From: About.com: Child Care

Choosing a costume

When picking a halloween costume consider comfort. A toddler will become cranky if they are not comfortable while sporting their costume.

Be visible on Halloween

Make sure your little goblin is visible after dark. Fix reflective striping to costume, or carry a flashlight or illuminated light stick.