Buy energy efficient appliances

Look for the Energy Star on appliances and consider the annual energy cost before buying. More efficient appliances cost more, but you make up the extra cost over time.

Dealing with hard to brush hair

If your child’s hair is hard to brush, mix 1 part conditioner to 3 parts water. It makes it softer and more manageable.

Cleaning with (not after) your toddler

Give your toddler a damp cloth and invite your toddler to dust or clean with you.

Falling asleep easily

Drinking a glass of warm milk before bed is a time-tested way to fall asleep. The amino acid l-Tryptophan is thought to play a role in making you sleepy.

Budget for emergencies

Cars break down, pipes wear out and break, and kids get sick. Don’t forget to build an emergency fund to pay for these unexpected events.

Book Suggestion: Fancy Nancy

For the fanciest girl around, the outdoors are out of this world! Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire! and her best friend, Bree, set out to explore the fascinating world of wildflowers, trees, leaves, birds, and, of course, butterflies in their exclusively glamorous Explorers’ Club.

Allergy or cold?

Repeated cold-like symptoms that last 1-2 weeks, the same time every year, including a runny nose, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, throat clearing, and itchy, watery eyes may be the signs of allergies.

Taking an active roll at school

Teachers can encourage parents to take an active role in the classroom by requesting volunteers for holiday parties, field trips, or book readings.

The Valentines kiss

Kids can participate in Valentines day with a simple ‘I Love You’ kiss. This can set an awesome mood for a Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s for babies

For babies valentines day, make Heart Shaped Pureed Teething Pops with heart shaped ice cube molds puree fruits like apples, pears, and peaches, in a blender.

Valentine’s breakfast treat

As a valentine’s breakfast treat, make your child’s breakfast pancakes or toast in heart shapes. Heart shaped cookie cutters are best for this.

Read a Valentine’s Story

Lots of libraries will be doing Valentine’s day specials for kids today, and if not, you can always find a cute Valentine’s kid book at your local book store.

Book Suggestion: Morris Goes to School

Morris the moose has an exciting day in school learning the alphabet, counting, singing, spelling, and doing other things that make him a unique moose, in Morris Goes to School.

Hand print valentines craft

Make a hand print valentine by placing a red construction heart on top of a slightly larger pink construction paper heart. Dip tots hands into a plate of white paint.

Valentine’s clothing tip

For Valentine’s Day, let your little one help you in picking out their clothes for today. See how many clothing items your child can find that are red or pink.

Valentine’s Day card tip

If your children will need Valentine’s Day cards for the entire class, pick them up at a dollar store.

Putting toys where they belong

Each toy should be categorized and should have a home to make clean up quicker and easier.

Returning to work after baby is born

Should you return to work after the baby is born? Many parents have no choice. Among parents of children under the age of one, more than 25% of mothers & 90% of fathers work.

Children love mirrors

Place safe mirrors at eye level. When the child is first learning to push up on their arms when on their stomach, this is a great way to have children tolerate this position.

Book Suggestion: The Biggest Valentine Ever

 The Biggest Valentine Ever is a nice little story for children about working together, that is set nicely during Valentine’s Day.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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