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.
Compact fluorescent bulb uses about 75% less electricity, but the most energy-saving bulb of all is one that’s turned off
Flavored lip balms are too tasty for kids not to lick & can make chapped lips worse!
Does baby have allergies or a cold? If symptoms persist for more than a few days then nasal allergies may be to blame.
Fruit kebabs are a lot more fun to eat than plain old fruit. Use flavored yogurt or low-fat chocolate pudding for dipping.
Offer age-appropriate toys and games. Start with something simple before moving on to more challenging tasks.
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. You may think your tot is too young to help, but kids do it every day at daycare.
Signs of frostbite are a whitening & waxy look to exposed skin. Go indoors immediately, cover exposed skin with warm blanket, & call doctor
If you try to tackle every discipline challenge at once, you’ll be too overwhelmed. Choose 1-2 to focus on with diligence & attention
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
Talk about the trees & the different colors they are turning. Collect leaves and tell your child in simple terms why they are falling off
Most preschoolers do still need naps during the day. They tend to be very active — running around, playing, going to school, and exploring their surroundings — so it’s a good idea to give them a special opportunity to slow down.
Write a ‘to do’ list for the week on a dry-erase board. Having everything written down keeps you from feeling overwhelmed.
Until the last few years, many school systems were reluctant to evaluate a child with ADHD. But recent laws have made clear the school’s obligation to the child suspected of having ADHD that is affecting adversely his or her performance in school.
Toddlers get bored of seeing the same old toys every morning. Stash a group of toys in a closet, attic, or basement so that every eight weeks or so, you can replace the been-there-done-that toys with some “new” toys, toys from your very own store.
Toddlers love to play outside, so look for games that can be played outdoors. A kids-style croquet set is a fun, easy-to-learn game that you can play with your child.
Is your child being bullied? Reassure your child there is no weakness in leaving the situation, to keep away from the bully.
Many companies offer thick car seat covers that act like a bunting for babies in the winter.
Parents should avoid buying any car seat cover or infant bunting that threads through the harness straps of their child’s car seat. Often the packaging of these covers states that the product meets all federal car seat safety guidelines. However, there are no federal guidelines governing after-market car seat accessories.
Hold your child accountable for her own messes. Do it kindly, do it supportively, but do it, even when it’s easier to do it yourself.