Potty training is one of those trials all parents face. Some parents start as early as 18 months to potty train their kids but I personally waited until my daughter was 2 years old to start. Here are some of the tips that worked for us. Be patient. Patience is a must when starting potty training. You will get frustrated. Your child may not want to sit on the toilet or the potty chair. He will have accidents. It happens, just try to be patient. And know when to back off and start again ... Continue Reading
Potty training toddlers can be a frustrating experience. Here are some tips to get your child onto the potty and going with ease.
Make tofu into toddler-approved replacements for chicken nuggets and other fun recipes.
Getting kids to try a new food can be a huge challenge. Choruses of "Ew!" or "That's gross!" (or “Ookies!” from my toddler) seem to greet each kitchen innovation. But a diverse diet is essential to growing children, both to meet their nutritional needs and to help them develop a varied palate. A great addition to a child's diet is tofu. "Tofu is a highly nutritious part of a toddler's healthy diet as it is filled with protein, antioxidants, and omega-3 fats, all of which are known to ... Continue Reading
Learn to make your own baby food from scratch and in bulk – saving time, money, and the environment.
When we think of baby food, the first thing that usually comes to mind is green or orange puree inside a little glass jar. It's what we see at the grocery store, and what many moms feed there babies. There is nothing wrong with baby food from a store shelf - but you could make the same food at home, using fresh produce, and save money at the same time. These little jars of baby food might seem inexpensive at less than one dollar a piece, but that can quickly add up. It is much more ... Continue Reading
Four different ways to commute by bicycle with your baby or toddler.
Commuting by bike is a wonderful way to get active, keep green, and enjoy the great outdoors. If you live in an area where the weather is acceptable, commuting by bike can be incredibly liberating. The best types of bikes for commuting are an upscaled version of a beach cruiser with gears. All you need is a pair of bloomers (that can be worn under your street clothes), a stylish cup holder, and a basket. That's it As long as the bike commute is under 10 miles each way, you should be good ... Continue Reading
A home-based toddler classroom should be literacy-rich and foster opportunities for structured, rule-governed play and unstructured imaginative play.
Homeschooling has become a trending option for stay-at-home moms nowadays. The Home Education Study Institute (NHERI) found that since 2003, the number of homeschooled students has more than doubled and is steadily increasing at a rate of 15% annually. School usually begins at age 3, but because children develop so rapidly between 12 and 36 months, it is important not to overlook the need for a learning environment for this age group. While published curriculum options are available for ... Continue Reading
Steps to take to find the perfect preschool for your toddler.
When I decided to put my three-year-old daughter in preschool this fall, I was at a loss at where to begin. Even though I'm a retired teacher, I had to start with the basics. Most Expensive Isn't Necessarily Best Every parent wants their child in the best possibly school regardless of it being preschool or college. Unfortunately, many of these schools are very expensive. Immediately, we took those off our list. My husband works hard for me to stay at home with our children, which doesn't ... Continue Reading
Cleaning house doesn’t have to be a chore, and with these great tips you can make cleaning a fun activity for you and your little ones.
Every parent can attest that having young children means more messes, and more clutter. The increase in housework can cause parents to stress about the chores, and they start to miss out on personal time or playtime with the kids. However, once your kids reach the age of mobility and following simple commands you really don’t have to forgo your hobbies or miss out on time with your little ones in the name of a neat house. Instead, a simple solution to having a clean house is getting them ... Continue Reading
The fast and fun way to make your own baby food.
It sometimes seems easiest to head to the grocery store to buy your baby food, but it's just as easy to make it at home and the benefits are amazing. Making baby food food is cheaper for your household and its also healthier. As your child moves to finger food, this can make your transition easier because they already know what an actual vegetable tastes like. While it may seem daunting or too time consuming to make baby food, it can actually be quite fun. Here are the basics for getting ... Continue Reading