Improving hand-eye coordination

Toys that involve fitting things together (like stackable bowls) help hand-eye coordination. From: essortment.com

Limiting play sessions

Most toddlers, particularly those under two, can’t manage lengthy play sessions. While your toddler’s still getting the hang of it, set a time limit of an hour or an hour and a half.

Rainy day activity

Zoos can be fun on rainy days. Most zoos have enough indoor exhibits to have a great day seeing and learning about animals while staying dry.

First Toothbrushes

Once your child’s teeth begin erupting, you can begin cleaning them by wiping them with a moist washcloth. As your child gets more teeth, you can begin to use a soft child’s toothbrush.

Planned outings and attention spans

Too many parents plan outings without regard for the constrained attention span of a toddler. A trip that lasts under an hour, including travel time, works best.

Book Suggestion: Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy a toddler book. Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Non-toxic tip

Make a point to only buy non-toxic materials. Although your toddler may be at the point where they won’t eat those crayons or drink the paint, it is inevitable that it will get on their hands and end up in their mouths.

From: suite101.com.

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Potty Training

3 years of age is not a magic number for potty training (no matter what your pre-school says). A poll on keepkidshealthy.com showed that almost 25% of kids weren’t potty trained until they were 3 1/2 or 4 years old.
From: About.com: Pediatrics

Flying with toddlers

Toddlers should always fly in their own seat equipped with a travel seat.

Some airlines allow children under two to fly for free on the lap of an adult, but this is not the safest option and escalates the challenge of flying with a toddler.

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Toddler rides at Disney

When visiting Disney, the best rides for toddlers are Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Circus Train, The Monorail, and The Railroad.

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Teach discipline early in life

There are many good reasons to begin teaching discipline early in life.

If children do not grow up with definite guidelines of what is right or wrong, they will have no respect for rules or authority. The key to toddler discipline is patience, understanding, and consistency.

With these qualities, you can teach your toddler how to behave in social situations.

Talk with your baby

Talk with your baby – all day long. Describe the weather or which apples you are choosing at the grocery. Talk about the pictures in a book or things you see on a walk. Ask questions. By listening, your child learns words, ideas, and how language works.

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Book Suggestion: Parenting Children With Adhd

Parenting Children With Adhd: 10 Lessons That Medicine Cannot Teach contains helpful information about diet and checklists for medications.
From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

How to introduce new foods

When introducing new foods, keep track of them on the calendar so you can track down food allergies.

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Teaching children about portion control

Place only a small amount of food in your child’s plate.

It may be good to start with one tablespoon of food for each kind of dish. If he cleans his plate, it will give him a sense of accomplishment. A child can always ask for a second serving, if he wishes to eat more.

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Explaining Earth Day

It is important to explain to your kids what Earth Day represents, and what you do as a family; not just one day, but every day to help the environment.

Some examples include… Plant a tree in your yard. Recycle as much as you can. When not at home, keep lights off. Conserve water by not leaving water on when brushing teeth and limiting time in the shower.

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Reduce electricity

Explain to your children that lights, computers, televisions and furnaces use energy, and that energy is in short supply.

Enjoy the earth

Kids have to love the world to want to protect it. So take nature walks and look at the trees, flowers and sky. When you’re away on vacation, don’t forget to enjoy the local natural environment, not just the tourist sites.

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Kids can be green too

There are dozens of small things your kids can do every day to save energy and keep the world cleaner and greener. Your kids can… walk, ride a bike or take the bus instead of traveling by car. Take faster showers or baths in just a small amount of water.

Help hang clothes on the line instead of putting them in the dryer.

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Book Suggestion: Binky

Binky is a bright and playful board book devoted to the all-important Binky that raises the plaintive question: can there be any peace in the house when a beloved Binky is not to be found?

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games