Parent-Child Relationships

Remember that all relationships take work. Good parent-child connections don’t spring out of nowhere, any more than good marriages do.

Play is productive

Focus on play and process, not productivity. When kids do art to solicit positive comments from adults, sometimes they can’t wait to finish another picture.

Toddlers love a good story

Your toddler loves listening to the sound of your voice. Engage her in a bedtime story to help her drift off to sleep.

Thick coats and child seats.

Parents everywhere bring out their babies’ winter coats or snowsuits to keep baby warm during travel. However, thick winter coats or snowsuits can compromise your child’s car seat safety.

In order for a baby car seat or toddler booster seat to function properly, the straps need to remain tight against the child’s chest.

Vital Records Charts

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers vital records charts for where birth, death, marriage, or divorce occurred.
From: The Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Playgroups

When planning a play group it’s a good idea to have fewer children to keep keep things calmer.

From: ToddlersToday.com

Safety Tip.

Make sure closets can be opened from the inside, so that your toddler doesn’t get locked in.

From: ParentingToddlers.com

Who’s the adult?

Take a deep breath… and another. Then remember you are the adult.

From: HelpGuide.org

Eating a health balanced diet

Be a food role model by eating a healthy, balanced and varied diet. From: Better Health Channel

Hazards of fluoride

A little fluoride is a good thing for your child’s teeth, but swallowing too much of it over time can lead to a condition called fluorosis that can cause white spots to show up on his adult teeth. From: BabyCenter.com

Keep trips short and sweet

Staying inside all day is a bad, bad idea with this age group and will make time slow until it more or less screeches to a halt.

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.

Meal time is family time

Make family meals a great bonding time for the family. Set your toddler’s place in the family table, and try to make it fun for everybody. Try to talk about fun topics, which your toddler may find interesting.

You may also set up your table in a fun way, so that your toddler is enticed to sit down.

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Tired of loosing baby shoes?

Take some return address labels, stick them on the soles, and cover with clear packing tape.

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Limiting the juices

Too much juice of milk between meals can fill a toddler up so he/she is not hungry at meal time. Offer water or watered down juice instead.

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Assigning consequences for young children

Keep consequences short. Don’t "pile it on" when providing negative consequences, especially when a child’s inappropriate behavior continues.

From: parenting.org.

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Being direct with children

Be direct. Direct requests are more likely to be followed. Avoid asking questions, especially when you are not offering a choice.

For example, don’t say, “Can you pick up your toys” (the answer is obviously no) when you mean "please pick up your toys".

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Praise your child when they follow your directions.

Positive, appropriate behavior should not be taken for granted. Look frequently for opportunities to praise good listening as well as all other responsible, appropriate behaviors.

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Enjoying the reading experience

When you hold your baby close and look at a book together, your baby will enjoy the snuggling and hearing your voice as well as the story.

Feeling safe and secure with you while looking at a book builds your baby’s confidence and love of reading.

From: readingrockets.org.

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think ahead

Think ahead. It is better to prevent trouble than react angrily later. source