Make your children feel loved and important.

Kids develop a sense of self-worth early in life. Listen to what your children have to say.

Assure them that they are loved and safe. Celebrate their individuality, and tell them what makes them special and what you admire about them.

Eating out with toddlers

When dining out each parent should try to order something out of either their main entree or sides that the child will like.

This way the child will have a variety of food to eat if he decides he doesn’t like something that night that he usually loves.

Plan for problems in public

Teach your children to know and use your first & last name in a public place. If they become separated from you, they’ll be able to tell authorities their Mommy or Daddy’s name. Plus the fastest way to get your attention is to hear your own name.

Family Time

Do fun things together as a family, such as playing games, reading, and going to events in your community.

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. On the other hand, too many parents plan outings without regard for the constrained attention span of a toddler.

Learning to behave with others

How you treat your child is how she will learn to treat herself. If you’re harsh with her, she’ll be harsh with herself.

Spreading out your activities

Spread your activities and events over several days and weeks. Toddlers learn best in small amounts and through repetition.

Organization in the family

Organization is one dimension of family health. Without enough of it, families suffer the consequences of a chaotic environment.

Acquiring new skills

Toddlers have a greater ability to acquire new skills and information than children who are 5, 6, or 7 years old.

Research indicates that introducing reading, language, and math skills in the toddler years may make school success come more easily to your child for years to come.

Milk for babies, toddlers and kids

Breast milk has all the appropriate vitamins and minerals for babies. Best choice of milk for children after age 1 is ‘whole milk.’ It is recommended to switch to low-fat milk after age 2 or 3.

Sooting a biter

Tips to consider if your child is a biter include providing teething rings, teething biscuits or cold washcloths for children who are teething and do not, under any circumstances, bite your child back.

Home safety tip

Place safety latches on all doors and cabinets, especially where cleaning products and medicines are located.

How to explain to a toddler

Babies and young children won’t understand lengthy explanations. Present one idea to make your point.

Discipline and toddlers

Kids raised with authoritarian discipline have tendencies toward anger and depression.

Drinking milk

For children, who don’t care for milk, add a few drops of food coloring and serve with straws.

Easter candy tip

Instead of filling Easter baskets with chocolate or marshmallow candy fill them with fruits and cookies. You can bake natural cookies at home that taste yummy.

Choosing clothes for Valentines Day

For Valentines’ day, let your little one help you in picking out their clothes for today. See how many clothing items your child can find that are red or pink.

Make plans to spend time together.

For Valentine’s Day, make plans to spend time alone with your toddler doing something he/she enjoys.

Read a Valentine’s Story.

Lots of libraries will be doing Valentine’s day specials for Valentines.

Hold your own Groundhog Day party.

You don’t even need a groundhog: any critter (or human) will do for the starring role. Simply have your star emerge from a hiding place, glance at the ground and scurry back.

If there’s enough sunlight to cast a shadow, you’ll have six more weeks of winter; if the day is overcast, spring is heading your way fast.