For toddlers, each day holds the potential for new adventures. This natural sense of wonder is what makes children such a joy to be around.
To a toddler, anything can be a game. Here are a few ideas for playing games with your toddler that will entertain the whole family.
A good book is a gift that keeps on giving. When buying books for babies or toddlers, here are a few tips from reading teacher and toddler expert, Melissa Catalano.
Promote pretend play in your house with these easy ideas.
When toddlers engage in pretend play, they show they are beginning to move from the literal to the symbolic—a big idea for little toddler! Discover why pretend play is so important.
Toddler separation anxiety is stressful for parents as well as kids. Learn 7 tips for helping your child cope with you leaving..
Toddlers learn about the world through their senses. Use this curiosity to encourage an early interest in multicultural experiences.
Help your toddler get ready for writing with fun activities!
Is your toddler squirmy during storytime? Use these tips to help your reluctant reader to gain all the benefits of books.
When do babies smile? True social smiles begin at 6-8 weeks, but your baby will use his whole body to let you know how he feels.
This year, take a cue from your child: Play more, worry less! It's good for both of you.
Sometimes the more (materially) we give our children, the less grateful they are. Candace Lindemann shows us how to teach children to be thankful.
Remember making hand turkeys? Here's a twist on the classic: a hand and foot turkey.
Baby's first Halloween? Keep it sane instead of scary!
Children thrive on predictability, but you can still leave room for spontaneous fun.
With three children in different stages of childhood, it’s a balancing act to ensure that each has their needs met—not to mention my own needs!
As Father's Day nears, let's celebrate Dad...and not just Dad but also all of the father figures in our lives.
One of the best kept secrets of parenthood is that babies are really portable.
By expending so much effort on child rearing, are modern Americans missing out on the joys of parenthood?
Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. In late April we have the opportunity to celebrate and learn from two important religious Holidays: Passover and Easter.
My parents have a picture of me as a toddler, happily munching on grapes, while sitting on a blanket in the middle of a ring of laughing adults.
Spring is all about rebirth and kids seem to respond intuitively with "spring fever"--an urge to get outside and move!
My kids will crawl into my lap pretty much anytime I am seated (which, given that I am almost 8 months' pregnant, is fairly often) and pick out book after book to read.
When I pick my daughter up at the preschool co-op, I am pleased to see they are taking advantage of the beautiful weather and playing outside.
Faith and Begorrah--it is almost St. Patrick's Day!
National Mathematics Day is next week on March 14 and we'll be celebrating by highlighting all the ways math is a part of our daily lives as a family.
Although Theodore Seuss Geisel's first successes came as a political cartoonist, he is better known as Dr. Seuss, one of the most famous children's book authors of all time.
I love bath nights--and not just because my husband does most of the work.
Reading is one of the most fundamental skills our children will learn. In our modern world, literacy is the key. Reading allows access not only to all the human knowledge stored in books but also to active participation in our society.
Bonding with your baby begins even before birth. From the moment you decide to try to conceive or you find out you are pregnant, you are beginning to think about your connection with your baby.
Valentine's Day is a wonderful opportunity to show toddlers how they can express their love for friends and families.
Like a little puppy, he dances in circles, practically yipping with excitement. Perhaps he just got a sticker from the librarian, or he's just celebrating the joy of a new morning.
When we go to our favorite Indian restaurant, the waiters already know my kids want a Mango Lassi. The other diners are often amused to see a non-Asian four and two year old dive into a plate of (mildly) spicy foods and calling most of the dishes by their names.
"We're bored," declare the children. "Well, go find something to do," say the parents. Our children have mountains of toys, a full schedule of activities, and digital content on demand...but have they forgotten how to play?
The toys are all open, the decorations are put away (maybe?), there's a new year on the calendar, and the kids are back in school and activities.
Making a public declaration of your resolution provides a sort of "positive peer pressure." And if you make your resolution measurable and check your progress, you have a better chance of accomplishing your goal.
The season's burning question in preschool and toddler parenting circles this month is: Santa, special childhood magic or a cruel lie? What will you tell your children about Santa?
You swear your baby is a genius--she seems to know so much already! According to a new study, you may be right. From the time they are born, babies are surprisingly clever.
To build on the 7 Toys Every Baby Should Have (Musical Toys, Blocks, a Plush Friend, Push and Pull Toys, Silk Scarves, a Soft Ball, and Books), here are my picks for the 9 Toys to Add to Every Toddler's Collection!
Most parents hope to raise children who remember to say "please" and "thank you", who share with others, who appreciate their blessings, who are considerate of those around them, who focus on relationships and experiences rather than on material objects.
With baby's first Christmas or Channukah approaching, there are probably doting relatives (*ahem*, grandparents) who want to get a gift. You can try to steer them towards clothing or gift certificates (after all, who remembers their first Holiday Season?) but what they really want to give is a toy.
Whether your toddler loves or loathes Halloween depends on his personality. Here are some toddler-friendly ideas for a happy Halloween.
The season is the reason for teaching toddlers about nature, seasons and colors.
Do you go all out on your kids' birthday parties are do you keep it mellow until they are old enough to be part of the planning?
My little girl loves library days. A themed story and craft is her ideal way to pass an hour. So, when I signed her up for two afternoons a week of preschool, I had no concerns about her focus or her academic readiness.
A voracious reader, I hope to share my love of literature with my kids.
Like any other parent, I have hopes and dreams for my children.
Preschool readiness depends on several things, but academics ranks low on the list.
You can’t walk down a supermarket aisle today without seeing at least one toddler clutching mommy or daddy’s smartphone. But while very young children don’t need phones, a few just-for-kids tech toys can help children feel connected and round out their pretend play toy box.
Speaking more than one language brings a host of benefits and is fun way to explore language with your baby.
We love our babies and enjoy cuddling them, reading to them, and wearing them on grand adventures.
Music is a fun way to bond with your baby and it is also a great brain booster.
Welcome the season with crafty springtime activities.
Holidays are a beautiful way to share the world with your baby.
We've talked about why to read to even the youngest infants and what to look for in books for babies--now let's getting reading!
With St. Patrick's Day approaching and rainbow-sightings everywhere, March is the perfect time to talk about colors with your toddler!
Now that we've discussed why we read babies from day one, let's look at what to read to your baby.
Tonight I was reading "Good Night Moon" to my baby and he shut the book. I opened it, he shut it, open, shut, open, shut. Giggles ensued.
Science experiments with your toddler are a fun way to play.
There's no wrong way to play lovingly with your baby.
Is my baby gifted? And if she is a genius, how can I provide enrichment for her?
Baby, its cold outside! Here are a few ideas for your next snow day:
My Papa taught me to play the piano and took me on summer trips to Canada, Salem, and Howe Caverns.
You don't have to tell children it's the holidays. They can feel it in the air!
Even if you don't speak a second language, you can provide early exposure to language with bilingual toys, books and lullabies. When should you introduce a new language? The earlier the better. Your bambino is listening!
Read the ABCs! Don’t worry if your toddler doesn’t yet recognize the letters in his alphabet book. Letters are just one of several symbol systems your child is beginning to notice. Encourage this awareness by pointing out the letters in your child's name. Point out letters everywhere—on cereal boxes, on signs and on blocks.
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