Book Suggestion: Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy save the playground from hairy monsters and big mean robots, and have their very own parade on the bouncy dinosaurs.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Linking physical education to academic

Remember that your child’s physical education is directly linked to his academic education. Research shows that brain development is directly linked to physical activity.

Get rid of Private Mortgage Insurance

If your down payment was less than 20%, you are probably paying PMI. Once you pass 20% contact your mortgage company to remove PMI.

Don’t force your toddler to eat

Do not make mealtimes a power struggle between you & toddler. Forcing toddler’s to eat can cause an unhealthy relationship with food that can last a lifetime.

Different ways to wash your child’s hair

Experiment with different ways to wash your child’s hair. You can wet it by smoothing a wet washcloth down the back of her head if she’s on an anti-water campaign.

How to begin a budget

When beginning a budget don’t budget for “the perfect month”, use your monthly average over the past year. Budget should reflect what is happening currently.

Cold weather safety tip

Children aren’t as efficient at regulating their body temperature as adults. Protect your toddler from the effects of the winter weather dress your child in layers.

Practice consistency in bed time

Children need time to calm down and prepare for sleep. Having a consistent bedtime routine can be useful in giving the child cues that sleep time is coming.

It’s okay to be silly

Start laughing and be silly. It’s okay to be silly with your child. Just because you are the adult doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun too!

Teething tip

Sometimes, the stress of teething is worse than the actual physical pain at any one moment. Try soothing your baby with soft music, or massage.

Balls and motor skills

Balls can be used as early as when the child is beginning to sit and may help them to sit on their own and encourage their back to be more upright.

Imagination toys

Allowing children to sometimes play by themselves is a good way to learn to do for themselves.

Save decorations for when they are older

Resolve that some decorations may have to wait until next year. Depending on your child’s age you may have to keep your favorite decorations boxed this year.

Christmas family cooking party

Having a family cooking making party is a great way to prepare cookie platters for your neighbors and friends to give as a token of affection during the season.

Book Suggestion: Just Grandma and Me

Just Grandma and Me is about Little Critter and his grandmother spend the day at the beach in this funny-and-true picture book about Mercer Mayer’s popular character.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Special toddler trees

Save the family tree by having a special toddler tree just for your son or daughter. This small tree can be kid-sized and decorated in baby-friendly Christmas ornaments such as plush ornaments and other safe decorations.

Tree safety tip

Decorate your Christmas tree appropriately for your child’s age. Put glass bulbs, lights, tinsel and ornaments that are delicate or have removable parts out of reach.

Poison hazzards in the house

Childhood poisonings are a frequent source of illness and death during the toddler years. Keep all medications in a locked cabinet.

Reduce your interest rates

Request a reduction in the interest rate on your credit cards. Credit card companies sometimes are willing to reduce rates. It can’t hurt to ask.

Toddlers and commercials

Toddlers are influenced by commercials and ads. Commercials have the most uncanny ability to sell anything to children and make it seem like it is the best thing ever.