Making multicolor Easter eggs

For multicolored Easter eggs, buy both white and brown eggs for dyeing — you’ll have bright colors and natural looking colors with no extra work.

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Teaching your child relaxation skills

Teach your child relaxation skills to assist her in calming down when she feels herself getting angry.

When one reacts emotionally rather than responds thoughtfully, regretful behaviors are often the result. By learning to take some deep breaths BEFORE the explosion, there is a greater chance that she will respond appropriately, rather than react negatively.

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Book Suggestion: The Pout-Pout Fish

The Pout Fish was from TIME magazine’s Top 10 Childrens’ Books of 2008, and a New York Times Best Seller. Appealing cartoonish illustrations. Younger kids will love the repetition of the verses in this tale of a pout-pout fish.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Reading is all around us

The written word is all around us. We don’t only read books – we read shop names, road signs, shopping lists, advertisements, birthday cards…. All are a chance to show your child how reading works.

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When babies start crawling

Within seven to eleven months, most babies start crawling and learn to coordinate the movements of their arms and legs.

However, some babies may never crawl. They directly move on from sitting to standing and walking.

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Leaf craft tip

Make leaf prints by putting a leaf under a sheet of paper and rub a crayon lightly over the surface of the paper to reveal the shapes.

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Consistency and discipline

Your kids need to be able to predict how you will behave. Consistency tells your child he’s important to you.

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Reducing allergens

To reduce allergens wash bedding in hot water to remove dust and kill bacteria.

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Considering time-outs

Consider a time-out. If your child is being very resistant or aggressive, placing him in time-out may allow for time to calm down, and to think about the choices he has.

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Book Suggestion: My Big Train Book

My Big Train Book (My Big Board Books) is Ideal for babies and toddlers. Stuffing large format brings images to life. Essential for all tiny train enthusiasts.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

hot liquid safety tip

Never carry hot liquids or food near your baby or while holding him.

From: cdc.gov.

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reading activity

If you think your child may be ready for a real reading activity, try this: choose a word which appears several times (such as a name) show it to your child and tell him what it says: can your child find the same word again?

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Newborns and vision

Newborns can see only very sharp images in bright colors that are within 6 to 8 inches of their head. They cannot look around and their heads are wobbly as the muscles of their necks are still not strong enough to hold their head properly.

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toddlers and painting

A toddler finds it easier to paint on an easel rather than a flat surface.

If you can’t afford to buy an easel, make one by cutting out one side of a cardboard box and tape the other three sides together. Set it on the tabletop and set your toddler free.

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kid cleanup tip

Daycares use plastic smocks to cover kids when they’re doing arts and crafts.

Invest in one of your own so you don’t have to scrub paint out of your child’s favorite overalls.

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Reducing allergens

To reduce allergens vacuum your home at least once a week and consider purchasing a HEPA vacuum.

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Book Suggestion: Bats at the Library

Get lost in the continuing adventure of your bat friends written and illustrated by Brian Lies in Bats at the Library

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Assigning consequences for young children

Keep consequences short. Don’t "pile it on" when providing negative consequences, especially when a child’s inappropriate behavior continues.

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preventing choking in babies

To prevent your baby from choking, cut her food into small bites. Don’t allow your baby to play with anything that may cover her face or is easy for her to swallow.

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repetitive reading tip

Read favorite stories and sing favorite songs over and over again.

Repeated fun with books will strengthen language development and positive feelings about reading.

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