Bathroom safety tip

Avoid expensive plumber calls, keep the toilet lid down and locked when not in use.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Children will be more compliant on the majors if they feel a sense of power as well on some of the minor issues.

What’s in your bag?

Come in to your home and plop your bag right on the floor? Pick it up immediately! There could be medications, breath mints, coins & other non tot friendly items

Walking up and down stairs

Although your toddler may start climbing up the stairs on all fours as early as 1, the ability to go up and down one foot at a time won’t develop until around 20 months.

Making colored dough

Food coloring is handy for coloring homemade dough and various other craft materials, but note- it does stain.

When is your toddler ready for potty training?

Toddler is ready for potty training by observing: a) Bowel movements are predictable b) Stay dry for at least 2-3 hours c)Ability to understand and perform simple instructions

Keeping the kids happy

Smile. Nothing sends your kids the signal to start wailing in a store like Mom or Dad in a bad mood. 

Going camping with toddlers

When camping with toddlers: Explain the outdoors to your toddler so she isn’t frightened during her first camping trip. Set up the tent in the backyard first, to get used to it.

Top 10 tips for bringing up a very active toddler

Top 10 tips for surviving and bringing up an incredibly active toddler, including gems like employing pets and avoiding sweets. http://hubpages.com/hub/Top-ten-tips-for-bringing-up-a-very-active-toddler

Getting the most out of reading to a child

Read with expression, pitching your voice higher or lower where it’s appropriate or using different voices for different characters.

Toddlers and paying attention

Though it may be hard to believe, toddlers are not purposefully disobeying to get you mad. They have a very short memory & are highly impulsive.

Toddlers and television

Try not to park the toddler in front of the television set. Many doctors recommend that children under the age of 2 watch no television at all.

Safeguarding kids from getting lost at Disney

When visiting Disney, safeguard child getting lost by taking a daily digital photo, so you’ll have an instant record of exactly what they were wearing to show security if necessary.

Book Suggestion: Have You Filled a Bucket Today

Have You Filled a Bucket Today is a heartwarming book that encourages positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Hair control for kids

Protect against frizz and static cling. If your toddler has curly hair, there’s a good chance that it may become wild or unruly in rainy or humid weather.

Book Suggestion: My Mouth Is a Volcano!

My Mouth Is a Volcano! takes an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and teaches children a witty technique to capture their rambunctious thoughts and words for expression at an appropriate time.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Mixing play time with shopping

Stick an ice chest in the car trunk so you can head to the grocery store and not worry about frozen food melting. A toddler slows down everything, and an ice chest lets us not worry about rushing.

Dollar store outside activity tip

Looking for an outside activity the kids will enjoy? Visit a dollar store and provide her a dollar or two and let her go throughout the whole buying procedure herself (with your help).

Learn child first aid and CPR

Learn child first aid and CPR. Be prepared. Know how to call for help, including poison control. The national toll-free line for poison control is 1-800-222-1222.

Keep an eye on your child to avoid tantrums

Maintain eye contact. By looking into your child’s face every now and then, you help them avoid the hysteria that is sure to ensue when they realize you really are temporarily more concerned with which cereal to buy than your little sunshine.