Mixing play time with shopping

Stick an ice chest in the car trunk so you can head to the grocery store and not worry about frozen food melting. A toddler slows down everything, and an ice chest lets us not worry about rushing.

Disciplining through redirection

Redirection is a wonderful technique when it comes to toddler discipline. If your toddler is about to do something wrong, or is throwing a fit, simply try to redirect them to something else.

The origins easter bunny.

The Easter bunny is an American tradition which originated with German settlers. The arrival of the Easter bunny and his colored eggs was a treat second only to Christmas.

Easter tip

Nothing says Easter and spring like a basket brimming with colorful eggs, chocolate bunnies and jewel-toned jelly beans.

Paint a bunny face

Children love to have their faces painted. Draw upside-down triangle on the nose with brown/black eyeliner & fill in. Rub circle of rouge on each cheek. Paint 3 whiskers on each side of face, starting from nose to cheek.

Make paper plate bunnies.

Easy Paper Bunnies: Take white paper plate and cut 2 ear shapes & staple/glue to the top of another white paper plate & draw a face on it. Glue cotton balls around the edges.

Toddler airport safety tip.

Carry a current photo of each child you are traveling with. If separated you can immediately hand the photo to airport security (or theme park or mall) and they will photocopy it and circulate it very quickly.

Write reminders

Leaving yourself notes that say, “Don’t argue” or “Look for cooperation” or “Don’t give in to whining” may seem simplistic, but it can really help.

Put them where you’ll see them during your day.

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.

Save money on electricity

Compact fluorescent bulb uses about 75% less electricity, but the most energy-saving bulb of all is one that’s turned off

Chapped lip tip

Flavored lip balms are too tasty for kids not to lick & can make chapped lips worse!

How to tell the difference between allergies and colds

Does baby have allergies or a cold? If symptoms persist for more than a few days then nasal allergies may be to blame.

Toddlers and eating fruit

Fruit kebabs are a lot more fun to eat than plain old fruit. Use flavored yogurt or low-fat chocolate pudding for dipping.

Set the stage for success

Offer age-appropriate toys and games. Start with something simple before moving on to more challenging tasks.

Giving your child a haircut

Always trim bangs first because that’s the most important part. That way, if baby has a total meltdown at least the front will look neat.

Ask for help when picking up toys.

Ask for help when picking up toys. You may think your tot is too young to help, but kids do it every day at daycare.

Signs of frostbite

Signs of frostbite are a whitening & waxy look to exposed skin. Go indoors immediately, cover exposed skin with warm blanket, & call doctor

Pick your priorities.

If you try to tackle every discipline challenge at once, you’ll be too overwhelmed. Choose 1-2 to focus on with diligence & attention

The power of hugs

Generous hugs go miles to make a child feel better. If your tot gets scared, comfort him. Mom & Dad have the power to make everything right

Experience Autumn with your Child

Talk about the trees & the different colors they are turning. Collect leaves and tell your child in simple terms why they are falling off