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!

Respecting others

Talk with your child about respecting others. Encourage him to help people in need.

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.

Hold your own Groundhog Day party.

You don’t even need a groundhog: any critter (or human) will do for the starring role. Simply have your star emerge from a hiding place, glance at the ground and scurry back.

If there’s enough sunlight to cast a shadow, you’ll have six more weeks of winter; if the day is overcast, spring is heading your way fast.

Co-sleeping

Co-Sleeping helps babies get more nighttime sleep (because they awaken more frequently with shorter duration of feeds, which can add up to a greater amount of sleep throughout the night).

Toilet Training

You’ll know your child is ready for toilet training when he or she can express and understand one-word statements, including such words as “wet,” “dry,” “potty,” and “go.”

The truth about Bedwetting

Bedwetting is an issue that millions of families face every night. It is extremely common among kids who are under the age of 6, and it can last into the preteen years.
From: KidsHealth.org

Grandparents and children

On occasion, have grandparents spend time with individual grandchildren. It will give them an opportunity to bond, without competition, with that day’s companion grandchild.

Parent-Child Relationships

Remember that all relationships take work. Good parent-child connections don’t spring out of nowhere, any more than good marriages do.

Food shopping with kids

When food shopping get the children involved. It may take a little longer but you could get them involved in counting fruit and vegetables into bags.

Play is productive

Focus on play and process, not productivity. When kids do art to solicit positive comments from adults, sometimes they can’t wait to finish another picture.

Learing A-B-Cs

When kids are learning to speak play word games and say the ABC’s — in fact, singing things like the ABCs is a great way to get them to put the ideas together – kids can often sing songs like their ABCs long before they can use them in any practical sense.

Electricity and kids

Do not leave children unsupervised around any kind of electrical lighting or open flame.

Consistency

Keep things consistent – There’s nothing more confusing to baby than being able to do one thing one day and not the other.

Hard Candy Hazard

Do not offer hard candy, nuts or popcorn to children under age four.  Cut grapes, hot dogs, carrots and such into small pieces to avoid choking.

Getting milk out of clothes

To get milk out of clothes, sprinkle on unflavored meat tenderizer, which breaks down the proteins, and rinse in cold water. Presoak in enzyme product for 30 minutes if stain is new, several hours if stain is old.

Introducing new foods

Introduce one new food at a time. Add another new food after four or five days. Waiting allows the baby to get used to new flavors and allows you to identify any problem foods easily if allergic reactions occur.

Drinking Liquids with kids around

Never drink hot objects while your child is sitting on your lap. Sudden movements can cause a spill.

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).