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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.
This article explains the concept of scaffolding in relation to toddlers and explores how parents who provide scaffolding to support their toddlers' learning and growth during the Zone of Proximal Development can help foster a positive environment in which their toddlers can gain confidence and independence.
From those first, teetering steps to the climbing stage and beyond, there’s a refrain so constant some kiddos probably think it’s part of their name: “Be careful!!!” With all the daily clatters and tumbles that go along with toddler life, we start to say it almost without realizing it, maybe even without looking up from what we’re doing. But what are we really telling our little ones when we say to “be careful”?
When we think of bullies, a hulking kid with a chip on his shoulder pops into mind. He’s taking lunch money, pounding a burly fist into the opposite palm, and handing out wedgies at every turn. But that isn’t the type of bullying most children experience, and certainly not at the toddler level. If you think your toddler could be dealing with a bully, it’s important to remember that schoolyard conflict is a whole different animal when it comes to little ones. Here’s what you need to know.
There's nothing better than seeing your toddler’s face light up as they experience Halloween. Dressing in costume, running from house to house with their bag full of treats, and their brimming excitement is enough to bring a smile to any parent’s face. Plus, performing the parent “safety candy check” on all candy in their bag before they are allowed to eat anything brings some fringe benefits. (Every Snickers bar I encounter somehow disappears before the candy is given back to them.)
The leg-grabber, the screamer, the breath-holder... whatever your child’s separation anxiety personality is, you know what we’re talking about. Separation is rough on toddlers and their parents, but it’s also perfectly normal and even a good thing in some ways. Your toddler doesn’t want you to leave because they trust you to take care of them. They recognize the special bond between you. That’s pretty incredible, right?
Although your toddler may seem programmed not to follow schedules, they will actually appreciate it once certain patterns are cemented into their mind and body clock, whether they know it or not! And as a parent, you'll be able to enjoy the day much more when your toddler has a good feel for what's going to happen next.