As questions when reading

After reading a book, take time to ask your child question about what he liked or didn’t like about the story.

Add some affection

It never hurts to add some affection into daily activities. You’ll enjoy the hugs and your child will too.

Value talk

Affirm your child’s willingness to share her/his ideas, feelings, and experiences. Place a high value on talking together.

Kids and parents with allergies

If one parent has allergies, your child has a 25 percent chance of having them. If both parents have allergies, then your child’s odds are at least 50 percent.

Don’t try reasoning with a tot

Once that flail or wail or exorcism begins, forget trying to reason with your child to reduce those tantrums. Doing so is like trying to reason with a goldfish. Remember that when those strong emotions kick in the “reasoning” part of their brain tunes out. Just let him wind down.

Responsibility at playdates

When attending a playdate, be responsible for your own child; don’t expect the other parent to handle all of the problems. Help with cleanup or at least offer.

Play-Doh and allergies

Did you know that Play-Doh may cause allergy reactions for tots with wheat allergies?

Put a label on his stuff

Labeling your child’s equipment and clothing with their name will help prevent loss, confusion and possible upset for your child.

Allergy symptoms

Worried that your toddler could be suffering from allergies or asthma? Coughing, wheezing, itching, or a runny nose could mean you’re right.

Handling the InterFaith Holidays

If you are in a blended family, your own children may not want to visit the parents of their new step-mother or step-father for Christmas or Hanukkah, especially if this is not a holiday they have celebrated. If that is the case, it is probably not a good idea to force them.

Hanukkah safety tips

Place the Hanukkah menorah out of the reach of small children and curious pets.
The flames from lighted candles and oils can not only burn tots and pets, but can create a fire hazard threatening the safety of other members in the household. If you place a lighted menorah near a window, pull back draperies and remove other flammable objects.

Candle dripping

Hanukkah candles drip less when stored in the freezer.

Selecting books

Select books that appeal to infants and toddlers. Look for bright colors, sharp contrasts between the picture and the page and rhythmic writing.

Drooling and teething

Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin.

Let them do it

Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While it may be quicker and easier to do it yourself, it won’t help to make your child more self-sufficient.

Getting used to new surroundings

Before your trip, place your infant in her pack’n’play for sleeping so she gets used to the new sleep space. You can do this for naps or nights or both.

Are you allergic?

Did you know that nearly 85 percent of allergy sufferers are allergic to dust mites.

Save “NO” for danger

Save ‘No’ For Red Flag Moments when safety or health is at risk, you want an immediate response, or your little one has really crossed the line. Saying NO too much will wear out its effectiveness.

Playdates and age groups

For toddlers, the age of the other children at the playdate doesn’t really matter. Most kids will find some value in spending time with another child even if their ages don’t match up perfectly.

Make the kids’ table cool

Putting a teen with the younger children helps keep things under control and makes them feel included instead of shunned.