Positive attention and kids

Positive attention tops the list of parenting tips for toddlers. Make sure your displays of affection for your child outnumber any consequences or punishments.

Tots and stairways

Keep your wobbly walking tot from stairways by installing sturdy safety gates at the top of the stairs and at the bottom.

Book Suggestion: Pooh Library original 4-volume set

The Pooh Library original 4-volume set deserves a prominent place on your bookshelf.

Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends–blustery old Owl, bouncy Tigger, clever Christopher Robin, glum Eeyore, and the rest – have been a staple of children’s literature for over 70 years.

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Getting girls to wear things in their hair

If you want to put something in her hair, put it in yours first, she’ll howl for you to share and then proudly wear it the rest of the day.

Fun and fine motor control

Finger painting is just one of the ways your toddler begins to gain fine motor control.

Listen to music early and often

Think about music like a language: your kids learn their native language by being immersed in it.

Read favorite stories again and again

Read favorite stories again & again. Seek out books about things your toddler likes. These books may extend a toddler’s attention span and build enthusiasm for reading.

Is it necessary for kids to clean their plates?

Trust your child’s appetite if he is growing normally, has energy and is healthy. Never force your child to clean his plate. This can lead to unhealthy eating habits over time.

High pollen-count days

Those with allergies might want to avoid going outdoors on high pollen-count days. Check the pollen count daily on the local weather reports.

Book Suggestion: I Spy Little Book

The original I Spy book has been adapted for younger children. Rhyming riddles with picture clues in a sturdy board book format make this perfect for preschoolers in I Spy Little Book

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Personality traits

As your child grows, he or she will display certain personality traits. Some of these are learned, others genetic. Respect your child’s developing individuality.

Growth and eating

You may notice that your toddler does not eat as much food before. During her first year of life, she grew extremely fast. Now that growth has tapered off, so she doesn’t need to eat as much.

Choosing books

Give child a chance to choose his own books. If toddler chooses a book that is too long to hold attention, read some and skip some, discussing the pictures and how they relate to the story.

Placemat art with rubber cement

Make a painted placemat by dribbling rubber cement on white construction paper. Allow to dry, paint over the rubber cement using tempera paint. Dry, then peel rubber cement off.

Structured and unstructured play time

Toddler needs structured and unstructured play time to develop normally. Choose activities that are loud and quiet, indoors and outdoors, and fine and gross motor skills.

Music with kids

Music is a wonderful medium for play. Even young children love to bounce, sway and wiggle to the music.

Book Suggestion: Big Bird’s Big Book

Big Bird and his pals are featured in this giant (16” x 24”) board book, Big Bird’s Big Book. Six colorful panoramic scenes teach important early learning concepts: counting, naming colors, opposites, and more.

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Identifying food allergies

Symptoms that occur repeatedly after eating a particular food that may include hives, swelling, gagging or wheezing may point to food allergies.

Rules and children

Rather than overloading your child with rules, prioritize rules geared toward safety.

Practicing motor skills with food

Cooked peas, corn, and green beans can help toddlers practice using their pincher grip to develop small motor skills as they enjoy a healthy meal.