Stop and Start behaviors

There are two kinds of behaviors. “STOP” behaviors: when your child is doing something wrong, and “START” behaviors: when your child isn’t doing what you want him or her to do.

Todder Imaginations

As your kid’s mind matures and his imagination starts to amp up, often so will his fears. You may find your totally chill, adventurous toddler is suddenly afraid of everything from loud noises to the bath.

Setting family standards

Teach your child what your family principles are – say “we say thank you in our family” or “we don’t swear in our family” and then make sure that is the case.

Covering electrical outlets

Toddlers are extremely able to manipulate things around the home like electrical sockets and appliances. Since they mimic our behavior, they will no doubt try to stick things in every hole they can find. Start by covering electrical outlets and vents throughout the house and make sure that no appliances are left plugged in.

anxiety in kids

Although quite common, Anxiety Disorders in children often are overlooked or misjudged, despite them being very treatable conditions with good, persistent medical care.

Learining to say ‘no’

Learn to say “no” in a firm, peaceful way that carries authority but not anger. This parenting skill will help you to cut short years of power struggles.

Look at the lights

Creating a routine of an evening walk to watch Christmas lights gives predictability to a season of new experiences.

Toddlers and tree trimming

When it comes time to trim the tree, you probably don’t want your toddler involved in hanging lights or handling glass ornaments. Candy canes, however, are definitely something your toddler can keep busy with while being supervised by other decorators.

Decorating with real flora

Avoid decorating with real holly or mistletoe in areas accessible to small children, as both are toxic if eaten.

Christmas Ornaments

Use non breakable Christmas ornaments within a toddlers reach. This is far safer then glass ornaments which they will bite and eat.

Photographing Christmas lights

Photographing Christmas lights is something that can be tricky to do. Try taking photos earlier in the evening just before dusk.

Christmas colored playdoh

A reinforcing activity for Christmas colors can come by playing with red and green playdoh. Make it with Kool-Aid or add a few drops of peppermint extract and stimulate your toddler’s sense of smell.

Let kids pick gifts

Try and involve your child in the decision making process when it comes to choosing gifts. Remember not to give them too many options as this will confuse them.

When to play

The best time to play with your baby is when he’s alert and relaxed. Watch your baby closely for signs of being tired or fussy so that you can take a break.

Learing life skills

Generally by 19 months, toddlers begin to wash and dry their hands and brush their teeth with supervision. Within the next few months, they will be able to dress themselves with help.

How to give shots

Make sure all shots and vaccinations are ready to be administered at the same time. Do not hold conversation with the doctor or distract them with questions. The faster the shots are given, the better.

Make a snow man

One of the easiest ways to exercise the outdoors is building a snowman. It is physical exercise, helps with perception.

Fast-food play dates

A play date at a fast food restaurant may not be the healthiest choice, but it’s still a lot fun. Meet at one that has that has an indoor play area.

When tots start eating meat

Meat is started somewhere between 9 and 12 months of age. By age 1, she should be consuming about 2 servings from the meat, poultry, fish, dry beans and eggs group per day.

Positive works better than negative

Studies show that toddler discipline using positive reinforcement works far better than punishment.