time-outs as punishment

Time out is one of the most common toddler discipline method. Keep the time brief around one minute per year of age.

“Narrating” a child’s activity

‘Narrate’ your child’s activities so that they will know that they have your focused attention. This will support them in language and thinking development.

Finger painting activity

Finger painting with edible materials is super fun for a toddler. Peanut butter, pudding, yogurt and colored applesauce (like blueberry or strawberry) can be used.

Kids and cavities

A cavity is caused when holes are formed in a tooth’s enamel and dentin (outer 2 layers). Baby teeth are more porous than adult teeth, leaving tots vulnerable to cavities

When tots learn to words

Some toddlers learn new words and phrases rapidly. Others still use gestures and sounds to tell their families what they want and need.

Nutrient-dense foods

Nutrient-dense foods that most children are willing to eat include: Pasta, Peanut butter, Brown rice, Potatoes, Cheese, Poultry and Eggs.

Learn by making mistakes

Recite rhymes, sing songs, and make mistakes! Once your toddler is familiar with the rhyme or pattern, make mistakes on purpose and get caught

Refrigerator safety

Practice safety in the kitchen. Move all glassed items in the refrigerator to the higher shelves

Every day is one big play date

Every day is one big play date: Young children are like sponges. Play is learning and learning is play in the first few years of their lives.

Party activities

A sure fire party tip is to plan plenty of activities to keep them busy. One sure hit was a wacky relay – Teams compete in relays including dress up clothing and hats

Limiting snack time

Toddlers should not be allowed to eat multiple snacks throughout the day, it will suppress appetite for regular meals which tend to be more balanced

The benefits of onesies

You can never have too many onesies. Choose good quality ones that will get softer every time they’re washed and baby will always be comfortable.

Healthy dinners when things get hectic

Freeze a few easy dinners. It will be much easier on you if you have dinner prepared so that meal preparation will not add to household tensions during the first weeks of school.

Cooking as family time

Cooking is both fun and educational and even children as young as two can get involved.

Send your child’s teacher a birthday card

Sending a birthday greeting shows that you and your child appreciate the little things teacher does to make school enjoyable

Advocating for your child

Always be child’s advocate, but never become the teacher’s adversary. If you feel child has been wronged, defend her. Call the teacher, have a conference to work things out

Themes for kid parties

One third of kids’ parties have a theme. Many of the most popular themes are kids’ favorite characters from the entertainment including Rugrats and Pokemon.

Limiting distractions for kids

Limit TV, video game & computer time. These habits lead to a sedentary lifestyle and excessive snacking, which increase risks for obesity

Instilling values, reasoning, and incentives

It is important for parents to be consistent both in modeling behavior and in addressing appropriate versus inappropriate behavior in the child

School bus safety tip

Make sure that your child’s clothes do not have any loose drawstrings, which can get caught in school bus doors andcan be a safety hazard for toddler