Teaching colors and shaped for Valentine’s Day

Toddler activities for Valentine’s Day naturally lends itself to reinforcing the color red, understanding that there are different shades of red and teaching the heart shape.

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Creating silhouettes for Valentines Day

Silhouettes are a very personal thing as no two are identical, so toddlers will love creating this unique card for their loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

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How to signal children it’s time to sleep

Kids often nap on small cots at daycare with their favorite blanket. It’s the arrival of the blankie that signals “nap” – not where they are.

Try to associate nap time with a portable object, rather than with a place.

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Choosing foods

Don’t regularly feed your toddler foods you know he doesn’t like. It’s good to try to introduce new foods to your child, but do so slowly. If your child doesn’t like something, wait awhile to try to feed it to him again. Meal times are hard enough as it is without trying to force your toddler to eat something he doesn’t like. From creativehomemaking.com.

Book Friday: Harry the Dirty Dog

In Harry the Dirty Dog Harry was a white dog with black spots who liked everything, except getting a bath.

Taking matters into his own paws, he buries his family’s scrubbing brush in the backyard and runs away from home before they can wrangle him into the tub.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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About temper tantrums

Temper tantrums range from whining and crying to screaming, kicking, hitting, and breath holding. They’re equally common in boys and girls and usually occur from age 1 to age 3. Kids’ temperaments vary dramatically – so some kids may experience regular tantrums, whereas others have them rarely.

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Choose an appropriate flavor for medicines

If available, choose a favorite or fun flavor for your toddler’s medicine, such as cherry, grape, or bubble gum.

If appropriate, request the flavor when your doctor writes the prescription.

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Basic causes of tantrums

Several basic causes of tantrums are familiar to parents everywhere: The child is seeking attention or is tired, hungry, or uncomfortable.

In addition, tantrums are often the result of kids’ frustration with the world

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reducing possible scalding for baths

Put cold water in the bath first, then hot. This will reduce the risk of Tags: , your baby.

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Don’t force toddlers to share

Don’t force toddlers to share; it actually delays development of sharing skills. Kids need to feel secure in ownership before they can share

Toddler food alergies explained

A toddler food allergy is when our immune system wrongly interprets as harmful something we have eaten, and reacts to it.

Book Suggestion: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Who can resist this foul when he pulls every trick out of his feathery bag? In – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

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Dog breeds and chidren

Be cautious of certain dog breeds (Rottweilers, pit bulls, German Shepards) that account for over fifty percent of fatal dog bites and closely supervise children when in the presence of animals.

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Talk to children, even babies

Talk to children & babies. While they may not understand initially, they are developing brain structures necessary for language literacy

Save money on electricity

Compact fluorescent bulb uses about 75% less electricity, but the most energy-saving bulb of all is one that’s turned off

Dealing with Tantrums

Tantrums are common during the second year of life, a time when children generally understand more than they can express.

Common Allergies

If you or spouse suffer from allergies, or other kids are allergic, you should avoid most common food allergy foods, such as nuts & eggs.

Informing children about food allergies

Once a food allergy is confirmed, then it’s vital that she is well informed of the food she is allergic to and to avoid it without exception

Book Friday: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a book for all ages and guaranteed to induce smiles and giggles.

From: Lil’ Fingers Storybooks and Games

Avoiding conflict with kids

Keep off-limits objects out of sight and out of reach to make struggles less likely to develop.