When my toddler starts getting a little bit whiny and bored and destructive (parents know what I mean) I know it’s time to grab a jacket and go outdoors. I have a small backyard, which used to frustrate me— I had always dreamed of having a big lawn where my kids could play. But as it turns out, kids don’t need to have much space to have fun—as long as they have imagination (and a parent who’s ready to play!) Here are some great outdoor games for toddlers. [Read more…]
We’d like to give our children everything, but one of the best things we can do is to teach them to earn what they want, or at least save for it. It may hurt us to say no (especially when they start whining or crying) but they need to have these money skills. And it’s never too late to start. You can teach kids about money the minute they learn how to ask for things. Here are some ways to do just that. [Read more…]
Look for books that have large, colorful pictures, large words, and repetitive phrases. Ideally, the photos should be descriptive and “match” the sentence. One good example is “Duck, Duck Goose.”
Your toddler will soon get the idea that the words are related to the photos, and once he memorizes the sentences, will be able to “read” along with you. One good example is “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?”
When I became pregnant with my second child, I spent a lot of time worrying about how my son would deal with having a baby. Would he get jealous? Make her cry? Compete for attention?
I should’ve been more optimistic. My son adjusted to his new sister, and despite the occasional fight over toys and attention, the two adore each other. New research also shows that babies benefit from having older siblings! Read on for more info.
Studies show that 60% of second kids would walk earlier than their siblings. A lot’s got to do with copying—they want to join the game! Older siblings are also eager to hold their hand while they take their first steps, or pull toys for the baby to chase.
We get really guilty about having to divide time between our kids, and shortchanging our baby because we can’t ‘dote’ as much on them as we did with our firstborn. But your second or third child has something really special—older siblings who can shower them with attention! My son likes to read to his sister, help her build block towers, tickle her, etc. And truth be told, my daughter’s favorite person in the house isn’t me or her dad, but her brother!
She said what?
It’s amazing how attuned your kids will be to each other. When your baby starts talking, often using a mishmash of sounds that make little sense, your older child will be one of the first to figure out what she wants. It’s just that connection that kids have.
Double the opportunities to learn
My daughter loves following her brother around and copying what he does. Naturally, he’s interested in ‘big kid’ things, but that doesn’t mean that she can’t pick something up from them. For example, he’s really into taekwando. Each time he practices new kicks and moves, she gets up and tries to do the same. It’s a good workout for her—she practices coordination and motor skills, and is having a lot of fun! Copying her brother’s fascination for cars also helped improve her dexterity. And all this is cheaper than enroliing my baby in expensive enrichment classes!
Lindsay Lohan. Snooki. The new and ‘grown up’ Miley Cyrus. Hollywood has never been the great bastion for moral values, but the latest generation of celebrities and cover models is particularly troubling. Their clothes, their choices, and a blase approach to drugs, sex and alcohol that make the 70’s look like a playdate… it’s enough to make most parents shudder.
But it’s a celebrity-obsessed world, and our daughters idolize media icons the way we used to, in the days of Tiger Beat and America’s Top 40. However, there are ways to help them find positive celebrity role models. Here are some tips. [Read more…]