Children interacting in the world around them

Children who know what is expected of them and what they can expect from their world are more likely to develop a strong sense of self.

Talents of autistic children

Many children with autism are good at drawing, art and computer programming. These talent areas should be encouraged.

Toddlers and bath time

Sometimes, for no apparent reason, your toddler may decide she hates having baths. Even if you don’t know why she is afraid, it’s best to keep her out of the tub for now. Forcing her to stay in the tub will only make the problem worse.

When tots see the world

At 12 to 18 months of age, toddlers begin to become interested in the world around them. As they continue to grow, they learn to socialize by trial and error.

Nurturing young minds

Preschool programs that properly stimulate and nurture a young child’s mind will result in better-prepared children by the time they start school.

Smell the roses

Remember to slow down, watch your child carefully, and be in awe of and in awe with your child, all he is learning and all she is experiencing. Let your child re-introduce you to the world of child time, filled with wonder and awe.

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Eat Healthy

Be a role model by eating a healthy, balanced and varied diet.

Night terrors and exhaustion

Avoid putting an overtired toddler to bed. Night terrors are sometimes caused by a child who is exhausted.

Combination vaccines

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization now recommends "combination vaccines," meaning that an immunization containing more than one vaccine is preferable to giving each vaccine separately.

Brushing hair

Brushing hair helps to bring oil up to the surface of the scalp and it can be a great way to help your child’s hair comfort if they have very dry hair.

Social media warning

Parents should start by educating themselves about social media. Sign up for the services your children are on and read up about them. Find out what the dangers are and discuss them with your children.

Bath time is unavoidable

If your toddler bath time has become a big and painful production, let your child know in no uncertain terms that bath time is an unavoidable part of his routine.

Weaning from breastfeeding

When weaning, encourage replacement drinks if your child is looking for a breastfeeding and even allow your child to help pour them in order to show that he/ she is getting bigger and to encourage independence.

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Bedwetting at 5

If bed-wetting is still an issue when your child turns five, try offering an incentive (an extra bedtime story the next night or a trip to the park) if he stays dry through the night.

Biting hurts

When dealing with a biting incident, toddlers need to know that their behavior impacts others and biting hurts. Focus your concern on the victim in the presence of your child. "I’m so sorry! That must hurt.

Choking hazard

When a child gags on a drink or a piece of food, she will often cough forcefully enough to clear her airway. Don’t slap her back or reach into her mouth with your fingers while she’s coughing; it could push the object farther down her windpipe.

Messy car seat covers

Babies and messes go hand in hand. But some manufacturers ignore this universal truth, and a surprising number of car seats come with pad covers that you can’t take off. Be smart: Buy one with a machine-washable detachable cover.

Taking bullying seriously

It’s important to take bullying seriously and not just brush it off as something that kids have to "tough out." The effects can be serious and affect kids’ sense of self-worth and future relationships.

Choosing a toothbrush

When choosing a toothbrush, make sure that it is designed for a toddler and has soft bristles. This is very important for their toddler years. You can purchase these in the infant section of a department store.

Autism and sensory input

Many children on the autism spectrum either crave or over-respond to sensory input. Some alternate between the two extremes. Very often, “bad” behavior is actually a reaction to too much or too little sensory input.