Book Suggestion: The Curious Garden

The Curious Garden is an enchanting tale with environmental themes and breathtaking illustrations that become more vibrant as the garden blooms. Red-headed Liam can also be spotted on every page, adding a clever seek-and-find element to this captivating picture book.

Start the Thanksgiving day right

On Thanksgiving eve have your kids write out thank you notes to each of their siblings the night before and leave them at each person’s table-setting for breakfast.

Thanksgiving activity

Make a card for each family member that will be your guest for Thanksgiving this year. On each card, tell that person what you love most about them, and why you are thankful for them.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thinking of attending the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City? It starts at 77th St., and heads south along Central Park West.

Eating out with your toddler

Carry a small plastic drop cloth for under baby’s chair, especially if you know that your dining destination has nice rugs, then shake outside.

Hotel services for kids

When on vacation check out kid services at other hotels. Just because you’re staying in one hotel doesn’t mean that you can’t visit another.

Self feeding

Self-feeding can begin as early as 6mos, as soon as baby can pick up bits of mashed potato or banana or baby peas.

Book Suggestion: Five Silly Turkeys

Toddlers will love the silly Thanksgiving turkeys in this fun counting book full of silly turkeys doing very silly things! From twirling on a dance floor to being chased by a bee to tanning in the sun. Enjoy Five Silly Turkeys

Setting up coloring for kids

Hang the paper on the wall and below place pillows or cushions. The soft surface will help the children with their balance.

Traveling with a Toddler

When making flight reservations consider the best times to travel with a toddler.

Air travel comfort for toddlers

Many parents find that bulkhead seating at the front of each section provides more comfort while traveling with a toddler.

Providing high fiber to toddlers

Provide high fiber fruits such as apples, pears and prunes. Fruits are a painless way to add fiber to your toddler’s diet.

Coloring on the floor

Have children color on a large paper on the floor on their hands and knees to strengthen hips and shoulders.

A child’s routine

During holidays, travel and guests can be expected to disrupt a child’s routine and make them more irritable.

Book Suggestion: Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories has always been one of my favorites reading to my kids. Gertrude McFuzz is a great story as well.

Water fun

Fill a small tub with water and give toddler containers. Let her pour water from one container to the other. Add bubbles for extra fun.

Working the mind in youngsters

Puzzles and shape sorters are great for toddlers 18+ months old.

Introduction of soft foods

Introduce very soft food in small amount on tip of spoon before seven months, to accustom infant to its feel.

Learning numbers and letters

Purchase alphabet letters and numbers for your fridge. Expose your child to letters as often as possible.

Choosing paint in a bedroom

When decorating a toddler’s bedroom choose a paint that can be easily cleaned with soap and water to reduce re-painting.