Different ways to wash your child’s hair

Experiment with different ways to wash your child’s hair. You can wet it by smoothing a wet washcloth down the back of her head if she’s on an anti-water campaign.

How to begin a budget

When beginning a budget don’t budget for “the perfect month”, use your monthly average over the past year. Budget should reflect what is happening currently.

Cold weather safety tip

Children aren’t as efficient at regulating their body temperature as adults. Protect your toddler from the effects of the winter weather dress your child in layers.

Practice consistency in bed time

Children need time to calm down and prepare for sleep. Having a consistent bedtime routine can be useful in giving the child cues that sleep time is coming.

It’s okay to be silly

Start laughing and be silly. It’s okay to be silly with your child. Just because you are the adult doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun too!

Teething tip

Sometimes, the stress of teething is worse than the actual physical pain at any one moment. Try soothing your baby with soft music, or massage.

Balls and motor skills

Balls can be used as early as when the child is beginning to sit and may help them to sit on their own and encourage their back to be more upright.

Imagination toys

Allowing children to sometimes play by themselves is a good way to learn to do for themselves.

Save decorations for when they are older

Resolve that some decorations may have to wait until next year. Depending on your child’s age you may have to keep your favorite decorations boxed this year.

Christmas family cooking party

Having a family cooking making party is a great way to prepare cookie platters for your neighbors and friends to give as a token of affection during the season.

Book Suggestion: Just Grandma and Me

Just Grandma and Me is about Little Critter and his grandmother spend the day at the beach in this funny-and-true picture book about Mercer Mayer’s popular character.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Special toddler trees

Save the family tree by having a special toddler tree just for your son or daughter. This small tree can be kid-sized and decorated in baby-friendly Christmas ornaments such as plush ornaments and other safe decorations.

Tree safety tip

Decorate your Christmas tree appropriately for your child’s age. Put glass bulbs, lights, tinsel and ornaments that are delicate or have removable parts out of reach.

Poison hazzards in the house

Childhood poisonings are a frequent source of illness and death during the toddler years. Keep all medications in a locked cabinet.

Reduce your interest rates

Request a reduction in the interest rate on your credit cards. Credit card companies sometimes are willing to reduce rates. It can’t hurt to ask.

Toddlers and commercials

Toddlers are influenced by commercials and ads. Commercials have the most uncanny ability to sell anything to children and make it seem like it is the best thing ever.

Whole grain pasta tip

Serve your toddler whole grain pasta and brown rice, instead of their highly refined white counterparts.

Book Suggestion: The Sweet Smell of Christmas

The air is filled with the aroma of gingerbread cookies, minty candy canes, the piney Christmas tree, and yummy hot apple pie.

Celebrate the holiday season with this classic Golden storybook which includes six scratch-and-sniff scents in The Sweet Smell of Christmas

Eating something before dining out

Feed child a little something in the car on the way to dinner, not enough to fill up, but enough to combat fussyness.

Your enthusiasm is crucial

Your child can sense your mood. If you are not interested in a toy or activity, then he’ll think that it isn’t interesting or fun either.