Learning to be squeaky clean

Buy alphabet letters for bathtub use and make a new word every time your child is in the bathtub. Your child will begin to make the connection between spoken and written language.

Wax paper art activity

Make wax paper art by mixing glue with tempera paint or food coloring to achieve a bright color. Then using a brush, paint glue onto two pieces of wax paper and stick colorful leaves onto the glue.

Interacting with your toddler

Common daily interactions help toddlers develop thinking skills. Toddlers learn about “deductive reasoning”, such as: if I fall, it might hurt

Book Suggestion: Goose on the Loose

Goose on The Loose is an easy to read book with lots of fun rhyming.

Covering electrical outlets and vents

Toddlers are extremely able to manipulate things around the home like electrical sockets and appliances. Cover electrical outlets and vents throughout the house.

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.