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Teach Your Toddler Manners Worthy of Royalty


As Prince George grows, you can be certain he will know when to sip, which fork to use when, and how to address people of various stations. While your child won't have quite so many mannerly expectations, it is not too much to ask...

Understanding and Helping Your Shy Toddler


As babies grow into toddlers, their little personalities begin to bloom. One trait that seems to concern many parents is shyness. This is especially difficult for more extroverted, outgoing parents to understand. However, shyness...

How to Say "No!" to Your Adorable Toddler


It's that cute age of chubby legs and sticky smiles, where your child is firmly caught between babyhood and childhood. It's also the beginning of the battle of wills and the need to set limits. In most families there is one parent...

How to Keep Your Toddler from Getting Into Everything!


Crash! You wince as you hear that oh-so-familiar sound. Unfortunately your toddler has already broken five jarred candles, all of your drinking glasses and your crystal candle holders from your great aunt. What has he done now? Y...

Routines - Build Confidence and Security in Your Baby


After dinner, my kids immediately begin cleaning off their plates and placing them in the sink. No one has to utter a word. Everyone knows what comes next. Even my two toddlers hop down from their chairs, place their plates in the...

5 Toddler Discipline Mistakes You May Be Making


Parenting was a breeze when your baby was six months old. He was an extremely cheerful baby that seemed almost too perfect to be true! However, at around 15 months of age something happened. Something that you never planned for. Y...

Spring Birthday Party Ideas for Toddlers


The earth is being sprinkled with pastel colors, birds are singing a cheerier song and the sun is providing extra bright sunshine to make the days full of gigormous amounts of outside fun! What a great time to celebrate your littl...

Teach Your Kids The Real Truth About Failure


You've been to the sports banquet where everyone receives a trophy. Above the coaches' and leaders' heads a banner hangs that displays the phrase, "Everybody's a Winner!" This phrase makes all of us feel warm and mushy inside, bu...

Self Esteem Builders for Toddlers


Everyone needs encouragement every once in awhile, right? That means even the munchkins with the tiny, chubby feet pitter-pattering across your floor. Those little ones need self-esteem builders just as much as you! During the ea...

Taming Your Tiny Tyrant's Tantrums


Stomp, stomp, stomp. BAM! A door slams loudly. Your sweet, angelic cherub just became a demon. The earth-shattering news that she could not watch her favorite movie that night caused this outburst of anger to erupt. Should you tur...

The Importance of Teaching Manners Early


Rude, obnoxious children have always been frowned upon. Why do children as young as five years old feel completely comfortable sassing a lady in her seventies? Public restaurants are overflowing with ill-mannered children that thr...

Stop That Thumb-sucker!


Many mothers have tried to stop the habit. Doctors have tried to prescribe an antidote. Grandmothers have tried to soothe it a way. But is there any help for a thumb-sucking child? Yes! There is help and hope. Thumb-sucking...

10 Healthy Snacks to Make with Your Toddler


Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters but if you include them from the start they are more likely to nibble and find a new favorite. - Include your child in making choices for snacks while still in the grocery store, including v...

How to Teach Your Toddler to Swim and Ease Fears


Learning to swim is a valuable and fun skill for children to learn, as well as a good idea for safety as well as fitness. Teaching a toddler may be a bit daunting, but if you take into account a child's emotional, physical, and in...

Tips for Traveling With Your Toddler


Family vacation time is in full swing, and in spite of the poor economy and high gas prices, some busy parents are braving the heat and hitting the highways or airways to spend quality time away from work with their little ones. I...

Kids Say the Darndest Things: How to Handle Public Embarrassment


You know you probably had it coming from something you did to embarrass your own parents. Call it karma, your payback or whatever you like, but if you have kids, you will have plenty of red-faced moments. Sometimes it starts eve...

Little Escapee: What to Do When Your Baby Keeps Fleeing His Crib


Sooner or later, most babies are going to escape the crib--literally. If a new sibling is born before your child reaches 16 or 18 months, you may make the choice to move your child to a regular bed before he or she learns to escap...

How to Make Your Home Toddler-Proof


Toddlers are problem-solving, mobile creatures who will surprise you daily with new antics and skills. This equals new dangers for children in this age group and new challenges for those tots' parents. While you probably thorough...

10 Tips and Ideas for Decorating Your Toddler's Room


It's time for baby to move out of the crib and into a real bed, whether one of the toddler, twin or double variety. Perhaps it's also time to switch the theme from circus or teddy bear to something more toddler-appropriate. Whil...

How to Stop a Temper Tantrum In It's Tracks


Temper tantrums are a normal aspect of toddlerhood. According to the Colorado State University Extension, between 23 and 83% of all children ages 2-4 have at least occasional tantrums. The typical onset for throwing tantrums is 2...

The Social Life of Toddlers


Toddlers are social creatures. They enjoy social interactions with adults and other children, however they definitely don't possess all the self-control, knowledge of social graces or ability to recall rules necessary for simple...

Correcting Toddler Behavior - Biting, Hitting, & Throwing


Shocking as it may be, aggressive behaviors, such as biting, hitting, and throwing things are a normal part of your toddler's development. It is a part of a child learning self-control. Usually, toddlers phase out of bad beh...

Transitioning from Crib to Toddler Bed


Is your child ready to start transitioning from crib to toddler bed? If he is frequently climbing out of his crib or if he is 36 inches tall or more, it may be that time. This is a big moment for you and your child as he tak...

Why Bother with Toys? Five Great Gift Ideas for Young Children


Pre-parenthood, my husband and I spent the drive home from a relative's house marveling over the number of toys their child owned. Okay, so maybe we didn't exactly marvel. It might be more accurate to say we were horrified. Sh...

The Top 10 Tips on Hiring a Babysitter


1. Encourage your babysitter by keeping their favorite foods/snacks on hand. Write a thank you card to your babysitters a couple of times a year. Experienced parents always say, "When you find a good babysitter - keep them hap...

10 Ways to Keep Your Active Toddler Safe


Parents always say, "I just looked away for a minute" when serious accidents happen to their toddlers. Safety First! 1. Be watchful of balloons. Many parents do not realize that when a toddler swallows a balloon, it will pr...

Can Toddlers Learn Manners?


Are children this young capable of learning manners? Yes, but you have to keep your goals realistic. You'll never get a 2-year-old to chew with her mouth closed. Focus instead on conveying the idea of manners, the concept that t...

Please & "Thank you" for Toddlers


If I have learned anything in this lifetime, is that manners are a very important part of it. My mother always said, " Manners are cheap, they don't cost a dime". This was her way of saying there is no excuse for someone not to...

Pleasant Bedtimes


If you have always had a strict bedtime routine and your child suddenly departs from this, don't worry too much, he or she is just trying to assert their independence in the only ways they know how. From the age of three onwa...

When Your Toddler Is a Picky Eater


Toddlers are a very unique little package; each one is as different as a snowflake in floating through the winter air. They are growing fast at this stage, wants and needs are changing daily, including their appetite. Feeding yo...

Welcome Baby # 2


I recall when my first son was just 8 months old, I found out I was pregnant with my second child. That was quite a shock. My head did all the calculating: "When Alec is 17 1/2 months old, this child will be born." I felt so overw...

New Baby Jealousy


Having a second or subsequent baby is a wonderful experience. If the new baby has a toddler for an older brother or sister - times can be real exciting in the household when the new baby is brought home. Toddlers are usually ha...

Q&A: Toddler Behavior


Q: My 2.5 year old son, whom I love dearly, is biting, pitching and hitting his 9 month old sister. Recently he started doing the same to his cousins. We have tried times outs, taking away favorite toys, talking, a slight tap on...

Q&A: Our daughter is terrified to go to bed.


Q Our 2 year old girl has become terrified to go to bed at night. She thinks the smoke alarm in her room is a monster because it has a small blinking light, we have tried to cover it, and put various stickers over it as well. It t...

Toddlers and Shopping


Generally speaking, I do not believe that many people with whom I am associated have cause to question my emotional stability. That is, of course, until they have seen me corral my three little boys into the car and off to the st...

Toddler Tantrums!


Remember the adorable little cherub you brought home from the hospital?Ah, It seems like only yesterday. Now your baby has grown into a toddler. The world to them is filled with wonderment, learning and discovery... and frustrati...

Gentle Discipline For Your Toddler


I can't believe that a society with as much physical violence that we have aren't making the connection between the way we discipline our children and how violent many children are growing up to be. It is amazing how many people...

Saving Money by Shopping Seasonal Sales


Raising children can be very expensive. There are a lot of added expenses as your children grow up. Clothes are more expensive, there are added fees for extra-curricular activities, not to mention the social events that are a "mus...

I Know Nothing!


Have you ever said the wrong thing when dealing with your teenager or their friends. Do you say things that embarrass them? Do you ever wish you could take back the things you've said? I know I have, more times than I'd like to...

Give Your Children the Gift of Thrift


It seems like today, kids are barraged with sales ads in everything they see. No wonder my four year old runs up to me and repeats the commercial she just heard word for word and then emphatically demands we buy whatever it is....

Park Etiquette


Yesterday we went to the park to play and my daughter couldn't have been more excited when we rounded that last corner. She had waited so patiently while I pulled her in the wagon. That last few minutes of walking up the path wh...

Giving Our Children What They Need


As parents we all share one thing in common - we want to give our children every advantage possible. We all want better for our children than what we had. This is a wonderful ideal, but one which can cause significant turmoil a...

Blended Families: When Children Fight


As a parent of a blended family, I often get people asking me how my birth children and my stepchildren get along. After seven years together, my answer is not very glamorous: "Just like brothers and sisters. They love each other...

Steps of a Family Meeting


Family Meetings are a great way for families to communicate with one another. It provides a forum for making group decisions, assigning responsibilites, sharing positive feelings, and choosing activities for family fun. Here...

Games Parents Play to Win


Sometimes parenting just seems like a game...that you can never win. The other team has more energy, more time, and more players. To help parents improve the odds, we've come up with some new "game plans" that might even the sc...

Parenting in the Middle Years (Ages 5 -12)


You won't see many news reports on children between the ages of five to twelve. Hardly any magazines will do a cover story on a child's early school years. And parents rarely complain about a child's behavior at this stage of deve...

Grading Your Child's Friends


Peer Grading is a parenting tool that parents use to grade their child's friends to protect them from negative influences. As children mature they become more other-centered versus parent-centered. They are more heavily influenc...

Communication Techniques That Work


Preschoolers are like chameleons. All day long they verbalize and act out scenes from their imaginations but when you ask them: "How was your day at preschool?" or "How was your play date?" they turn quiet and run off. Betwee...

Is Your Child Ready for an Allowance


Children think money grows on trees. Maybe not literally but they sure think there is a never-ending supply of it. They see you at the grocery store pushing a cart overflowing with the week's groceries; you hand the cashier a p...

The Need to Compete


It's Friday night and your family is gathered around the kitchen table, a game of Snakes and Ladders at the center of the excitement. The game is almost over and Nancy, your four-year-old daughter, has moved her chair away from...

You Don't Always Have To Share


I took my daughter to this great little toddler park recently that is just wonderful for smaller children. It has all these little paths, made especially for bike riding, weaving in and out of the dozens of trees. We took along he...

Time-In vs. Time-Out


Have you ever put yourself in time-out? I have! Sometimes I want time-out from the house-work. Time-out from fighting kids. Time-out from laundry. My problem is that I often don't want to come out of "time-out". My room is peace...

What TV Programs are Suitable for Children?


There are many wonderful television channels directed and adapted especially for children of all ages. Here are just a few: * PBS - This is a wonderful channel that provides educational, and everyday life situations that many chi...