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Handy Tips for Moving Your Toddler from Crib to Bed

Transition to Toddler Bed There comes a point in time when you realize your baby isn’t such a baby anymore. Perhaps she’s actively trying to escape out of the crib, or maybe you’ve got to get her into a big kid bed before another baby arrives. It’s not always easy to make the transition from crib to bed with toddlers, but you can make the transition to toddler bed run a bit more smoothly with these handy tips. 1. There’s a time and a place If big changes are already happening, it might not be the best time to spring this change on your toddler. So if you’re expecting a new baby, the time to start getting your toddler ready for a big kid bed is as soon as possible before her sibling is born to avoid feelings of displacement. 2. Talk about it As with any big change or new thing your toddler ...

Teaching Patience to Toddlers

Teaching Patience to Toddlers If you have a toddler, chances are you have him around with you all day every day. You go to the store together, plus the bank, post office, and many other places too. But even the best-behaved children can grow very impatient, particularly if you’re stuck waiting on line somewhere. That’s very normal because at their age, they don’t understand why they must stand on line.  When toddlers want something, you’ll notice that they want it now and trying to convince them otherwise is a waste of breath. It takes toddlers time to learn the art of patience and by remaining consistent when you teach them, you’ll be reinforcing this must-have skill for your child that will serve them well into adulthood. Try these tactics to help get your child to be more patient.  1. U...

Why Setting Limits on TV Time is Good for Your Child

We have all done it at some point or another. We have all turned on the TV and made our children sit in front of it so we can take care of things that need to be done. Whether it’s making an important phone call, getting some work done, cleaning, or even to just enjoy some peace, sometimes the TV can be a true godsend. But it’s also a false idol that we all worship and we need to set a good example for our children by not turning the TV on morning, noon and night. If you feel like your family is watching way too much TV, or even staring blankly at other technological devices, it’s time to disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other. Here are some suggestions for taking some technology-free time out together.   1. Go for a walk together Try taking a walk after dinner each night...

Teach Your Toddler to Listen

It happens at the age of 2. Children start to understand that they are a unique person separate from you. With this realization though comes many conflicts. It’s a difficult balance to strike but you must be both firm and flexible at once. Not sure how to do that? Here are some simple tips for helping your toddler to listen better. Get on their level and look into their eyes Yelling is hardly effective, especially from the other side of the room. Yet, you can’t allow your child to run around the house like that, can you? So walk over to him and get up close. Get down on his level and look him right in the eyes. He will get the message very quickly that what you’re saying is important and he needs to listen and obey it. Let them make appropriate choices You need to go and you need to go now...

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