Limiting distractions for kids

Limit TV, video game & computer time. These habits lead to a sedentary lifestyle and excessive snacking, which increase risks for obesity

Instilling values, reasoning, and incentives

It is important for parents to be consistent both in modeling behavior and in addressing appropriate versus inappropriate behavior in the child

School bus safety tip

Make sure that your child’s clothes do not have any loose drawstrings, which can get caught in school bus doors andcan be a safety hazard for toddler

Reviewing cafeteria schedules

Most schools regularly send schedules of cafeteria menus home. With advanced info plan on packing lunch on days when the main course is one your child prefers not to eat

Book Suggestion: I Don’t Want To Go To School!

I Don’t Want to Go To School! is the perfect little book for the youngster in your life who is just starting school.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Waiting with kids for the bus

Make sure that one adult waits at the bus stop where young children are waiting for the bus to arrive. You could coordinate this with other parents for safety of the kids.

Staying involved with schooling

Take time to meet each teacher and be sure they have your contact information and you have theirs if there are any concerns regarding your child.

Safety in walking to school

Make sure your child’s walk to a school is a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection.

What did you learn today?

Ask child to teach you something she learned in school today. People remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see.

Developing a good sense of hearing

Music created especially for babies helps develop their sense of hearing, concentration and even speech

Offer tots a nibble tray

Offer a nibble tray. Toddlers like to graze their way through a variety of foods, so why not offer them a customized smorgasbord!

How to best heat breast milk

Do not heat breast milk in a microwave; it will destroy the immunizing properties.

Washing hands is important

The single most important thing your child can do to prevent illness is to wash his or her hands thoroughly and frequently.

Play date behavior

Children aren’t the only ones who must behave properly during play dates. Parents need to respect each other as well.

Teething tricks

A cold washcloth or chilled teething ring can be soothing for tots who are teething. Don’t give baby a frozen teething ring, extreme cold may hurt.

Structure Your Family’s Eating

Although hectic schedules can present challenges, discourage eating on the run and random snacking. Instead, establish routines meals

When do motor skills emerge?

When do motor skills emerge? Running: as early as 13mos, kicking as early as 15mos, jumping as early as 21 mos

Avoid the sweet stuff

Oatmeal, raisin bran, fat-free granola & Cheerios are good choices. If child is used to sugary cereals, gradually mix in healthier cereals while reducing sweeter stuff

Toddler attention span tip

Don’t expect your toddler to sit still for a book. They may be moving, but they are listening.

Encouraging motor skills

The easiest way to encourage your toddler to develop motor skills is to have them help with everyday activities like feeding and grooming themselves