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

good stuff

Notice the good things. Toddlers like to please the people they love, and they love attention source

Book Suggestion

Ritalin-Free Kids: Safe and Effective Homeopathic Medicine for ADHD and Other Behavioral and Learning Problems is a book targeted to alternative methods of ADHD treatment.
From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Make learning fun

If children feel coercedinto learn they’ll start to dread learning instead of loving the process source

Questions

Tots ask lots of questions, make sure that, your explanations are tailored to his or her age and keep them short and simple source

Popsicles

You can never have too many popsicles in the freezer. How many bad moods have been fixed by a simple popsicle? source