Conflict resolution

Conflict resolution at home actually lays the groundwork for tougher situations later in life such as dating, drinking, drugs, or smoking. Practicing conflict resolution at home also helps kids develop strategies to solve tougher problems when not at home.

Emotional attachment to food

Toddlers develop an emotional attachment to food. Do not overfeed your toddler with snackfoods and other unhealthy foods. This will help develop good eating habits for life.

Carry on baggage for toddlers

Baby formula and breast milk are allowed in carry-on baggage, but must also be declared. Passengers can take these items through the security check-points and aboard the plane as long as they are traveling with a baby or toddler.

Childproofing survey

Do a “childproofing” survey of your home. A child’s-eye view home survey should systematically go from room to room, removing all the “booby traps” that await the curious toddler or preschooler. Think of poisons, small objects, electrical outlets, sharp edges, knives and firearms, and places to fall.

Swapping out toys

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.

Drinking milk

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

Tantrums and dessert

When dining out, if you want a dessert but you know your child is on the edge of throwing a temper tantrum because they have been seated for too long, try ordering your dessert to go.

Limiting choices

Give your toddler limited choices. Make them as palatable as possible to the child, but eliminate any options that are unacceptable to you.

Hand-eye coordination

To improve hand eye coordination get some blocks or tower toys. Let your child build things with blocks that encourage playing and coordination. These toys help your child learn what items can fit on top of each other and stack easily.

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.

Toddler Language Skills

Help your child’s language skills by speaking to her in complete sentences and in ‘adult’ language. Help her to use the correct words and phrases.

Testing limits

Toddlers need to test their limits. A toddler who is being denied something may choose bullying as a way of getting what he wants.

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.

Toilet Training

You’ll know your child is ready for toilet training when he or she can express and understand one-word statements, including such words as “wet,” “dry,” “potty,” and “go.”

Be aware of frostbite in winter

Winter weather and indoor heating can cause itchy, dry eczema to flare up. Give your child short, lukewarm baths or showers, and wash with a mild soap like Dove.

Frostbite often attacks toes, tip of the nose and ears. Signs include numb, grey-white or yellowish skin with a waxy feel, blisters. If frostbite is mild, give Advil or Tylenol. Then, gradually warm the area: microwave a wet cloth in a zip-top bag (it shouldn’t be hot to touch — affected skin burns easily). Hold the bag against the area. For more extreme cases, see your doctor.

Learing to hold a pencil.

To help develop a writing grasp, have your child color with broken crayons (if your child is still putting inappropriate things in his mouth, adult supervision is required to prevent choking).

food tasting game

Take a blindfolded taste test with you kids and sample some favorite foods. Then the table turn and mom and dad to take the test.

Toddler Tantrums

Toddler having a tantrum? Many times, your child just needs to be held and needs you to help him control his emotions.