Testing for allergies

If you suspect your child has a true food allergy, then have her seen by a physician so testing can be arranged. Food allergies can be life threatening and therefore, must be taken seriously.

When hair changes

A baby might be born with blond, curly hair but by the time they are five their hair could be dark and straight.

The next change often comes at puberty and then again at menopause.

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Book Suggestion: Hippos Go Berserk

How dull, to be one hippo all alone… until the one calls two other hippos on the phone.

Soon three more hippos are at the door, bringing along another four. Before the night is through, a houseful of hippos (and one beast) has joined the one hippo for a boisterous bash in Hippos Go Berserk.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games


Empathize, Empathize, Empathize.

Kids who receive a lot of empathy for their own feelings from the adults in their lives are the earliest to develop empathy for others, and research has shown that empathy for others is the cornerstone of successful interpersonal relationships.

From parentingbookmark.com.

Exploring with writing implements

Allow older toddlers to begin exploring writing instruments (pens, markers and crayons).

Provide them with other toys and activities (e.g., pouring water) that develop the hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill necessary for writing.

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Soaps, shampoos, and dry skin

Soaps, shampoos, and bubble baths can dry your child’s skin and may cause rashes, so use them sparingly.

They may also be irritating to the urethra, which in turn might increase the risk of urinary tract infections. To avoid having your toddler sit too long in potentially irritating soap-filled water, have playtime at the beginning of the bath, and save the soap and shampoo for the end.

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Use a simple reward system

Use a simple reward system. A colorful sticker after every successful brushing session is a great incentive.

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Special cupcakes for Valentine’s Day

Decorate cupcakes for Valentine’s Day with creamy icing. White icing can be turned into pink with a bit of red food coloring. Kids will be amazed by this as the white icing changes colors.

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A special Valentine’s dinner

Have a special celebration on Valentine’s Day by having banana splits for dinner!

Make sure to have anything a person could desire for toppings and make the meal extra special for the kids.

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Book Suggestion: Snuggle Puppy

A great big hug in book form, Snuggle Puppy is a year-round valentine from parent to child. It is bright, chunky, a pleasure to hold, and has a die-cut cover that reveals a glimpse of the joy inside before it’s even opened.

Best of all, it’s packed, of course, with pure Boynton: her inimitable language, her inimitable illustrations, her inimitable sense of fun.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games


Valentines treat

Toddlers love balloons and there is no exception to the big balloons that can be purchased nearly anywhere that are already pre-filled with helium. For under $5 you can pick up a Happy Valentine’s balloon that features the toddlers favorite

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Using stickers for Valentines cards

Young children can create a variety of valentine crafts with red, white and pink materials within the short attention span toddlers have for making things.

Peel-and-stick foam stickers, red markers, valentine-themed paper and other decorative embellishments can be handled fairly well by little hands with adult assistance.

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Teaching colors and shaped for Valentine’s Day

Toddler activities for Valentine’s Day naturally lends itself to reinforcing the color red, understanding that there are different shades of red and teaching the heart shape.

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Creating silhouettes for Valentines Day

Silhouettes are a very personal thing as no two are identical, so toddlers will love creating this unique card for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

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How to signal children it’s time to sleep

Kids often nap on small cots at daycare with their favorite blanket. It’s the arrival of the blankie that signals “nap” – not where they are.

Try to associate nap time with a portable object, rather than with a place.

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Choosing foods

Don’t regularly feed your toddler foods you know he doesn’t like. It’s good to try to introduce new foods to your child, but do so slowly. If your child doesn’t like something, wait awhile to try to feed it to him again. Meal times are hard enough as it is without trying to force your toddler to eat something he doesn’t like. From creativehomemaking.com.

Book Friday: Harry the Dirty Dog

In Harry the Dirty Dog Harry was a white dog with black spots who liked everything, except getting a bath.

Taking matters into his own paws, he buries his family’s scrubbing brush in the backyard and runs away from home before they can wrangle him into the tub.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games


About temper tantrums

Temper tantrums range from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and breath holding. They’re equally common in boys and girls and usually occur from age 1 to age 3. Kids’ temperaments vary dramatically – so some kids may experience regular tantrums, whereas others have them rarely.

From kidshealth.org.

Choose an appropriate flavor for medicines

If available, choose a favorite or fun flavor for your toddler’s medicine, such as cherry, grape, or bubble gum.

If appropriate, request the flavor when your doctor writes the prescription.

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Basic causes of tantrums

Several basic causes of tantrums are familiar to parents everywhere: The child is seeking attention or is tired, hungry, or uncomfortable.

In addition, tantrums are often the result of kids’ frustration with the world

From kidshealth.org.