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Pacifier, binky, dodie or nuk-- that soothing tool for little ones can be a lifesaver for a parent, because once that powerful plug is inserted into the mouth of a fussy baby, it can mean peace and quiet. But when the infant becomes a toddler, it may be time to let go of the pacifier. Change does not come easy, so how can you wean your child from the sweet comfort of a pacifier? Here are ten ways to do it.
Almost all children go through a phase of being afraid of the dark. I imagine even as an adult you’ve had moments of uneasiness when it comes to what could be lurking in the shadows. Let’s examine some of the causes of why and ways to address your child’s fear of the dark.
Are you familiar with that sinking feeling in your stomach as you pick up a call from your toddler’s daycare?If you’re not, don’t get too comfortable. Even happy, easygoing toddlers can go through the dreaded biting phase—and sometimes it lasts for months at a time. Whether you’re covered in tooth-shaped bruises yourself or have had to curb your toddler’s social life due to other parents’ complaints, it’s a universally frustrating part of child development.
When it comes to bedtime stories, I am all in. An avid reader myself, I have tried to inspire a genuine love of books and reading in my two children. I love many classics, including Where the Wild Things Are, Peter Pan, Mike Mulligan, and His Steam Shovel, and ANYTHING by Dr. Seuss.And while reading classics is a tradition I hope my children will pass on, there is something fun and unique about discovering a new book together, something that is not mainstream; an indie book.
Some kids are born picky eaters, and some children are unintentionally trained to eat only a narrow variety of foods. Don’t spend time fighting battles or wondering what you did wrong. Say bye-bye to picky eating by taking a few simple steps with your child, and begin introducing them to the big, beautiful world of food.
Toddlers love discovering the world around them, sometimes a little too enthusiastically. Toddler parents, however, mostly care about safety, good behavior, and their toddler’s overall well being. It’s little wonder that sometime between the time your little one becomes mobile and the time they begin school, “don’t” and “no” become the most often used words in a parent’s vocabulary.
Imagine for a moment that we live in a COVID-free world again. You’re at Aunt Mabel’s house for a long-awaited family reunion and the moment you walk in, your sweet auntie swoops in with her arms spread wide. Your toddler shrinks away, clinging to you and shaking his head.
While I would love to provide all the extracurricular activities I can for my toddler, let’s face it, I often don’t have the skills needed or the equipment at hand. Plus, being able to socialize with other kids is important for their development. Here are some fun and wacky extracurriculars for toddlers that may just be offered where you live.
When developing & encouraging creativity in your toddler, don't stop at finger-paints! Polylinguistics, trick biking, even business-building all require that wonderful combination of passion and lateral thinking that the greats are known for. So what can you do to encourage your child's potential?
As a certified Reading Specialist that has helped thousands of students learn to read and comprehend text better, there is usually one constant when coming across the best readers in a school district. These students started reading early and often with their parents when they were toddlers. Now is the time to instill a love of reading with your toddler at home.