6 Tips to Help a Child that is Afraid of Dogs

6 Tips to Help a Child that is Afraid of Dogs

Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Find out how you can use positive parenting tips to help your child overcome fear or anxiety related to dogs.  Some children are afraid of dogs. They may not have had a lot of positive experiences with dogs or perhaps had an incident which has made them fearful.  Being anxious around dogs is quite normal for children that don't have much experience. This is a protective behavior but one that you can help your child overcome. Helping children manage and overcome their fears related to dogs can sometimes be challenging. You may need to have some patience as your child learns to understand dogs and feel comfortable with a dog or puppy. Here are a 6 parenting tips to help a child overcome a fear or anxiety of dogs: 1. Accept the fear:…
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Giant List of Self-Care Skills for Babies,Toddlers and Preschoolers

Giant List of Self-Care Skills for Babies,Toddlers and Preschoolers

Babies 0-12 months, Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Giving children a chance to practice self-care skills is a fantastic way to help them feel capable and increase their self-esteem. It helps create a great sense of autonomy, a drive to learn and grow. Self-care is also an opportunity for children to feel in charge of their body and know that they are trusted by their parents. Here is a list of Self-Care Skills for Children From Crawlers to 5 years sorted by Age: Self-Care Skills for Babies (crawlers) to 12 months Throw own bib in laundry hamper Clean face and hands with damp wash cloth (finish up with help) Stow own shoes away (with help/works well to have one assigned spot) Feed self a snack (cereal 0’s, cubed soft fruits etc…) Hold a spoon and toothbrush to imitate…
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The Benefits of Messy Play And How To Make it Slightly Less Messy

The Benefits of Messy Play And How To Make it Slightly Less Messy

Play and Learning, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Messy play gives children an opportunity to tap into their creativity, explore all sorts of possibilities, enhance and experience their senses, practice cooperation and of course…get messy. Glitter, play dough, paint, slime, goop, glue, mud, muck, water and more... Children just love it and well, some parents really just don’t like it all that much. It's just so messy. There is good reason to create opportunities for messy play for young children. Messy play promotes coordination, fine motor skills, planning, self regulation and more Open ended, non structured play encourages creativity and learning Provides sensory stimulation vital to brain development Messy play is a great way for young children to channel their energy Provides an opportunity for parents to work together and foster cooperation Messy play is important for a child’s development,…
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Help! My Tot Will Not Let Me Brush Her Teeth!

Help! My Tot Will Not Let Me Brush Her Teeth!

Parenting, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Welcome to the April 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Personal Care Does your toddler like or dislike brushing teeth? This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles relating to their children's personal care choices. *** Somewhere around eighteen to twenty months, my children get into this sudden habit of clenching their mouths shut at the mere sight of a tooth brush. With my first I blamed myself, of course, as a new mama I was probably doing something wrong. With my second, I blamed teething, everything is teething’s fault:  no sleep, no appetite, slimy diapers…best answer: teething.  With my third, I finally figured it out. …
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Books & Play: Enhancing Reading Comprehension In a Fun Way.

Books & Play: Enhancing Reading Comprehension In a Fun Way.

Play and Learning, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Welcome to the March Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Discovering through Books This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by The Positive Parenting Connection and Authentic Parenting. This month our participants have investigated what role books have played in their lives. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. *** Our book shelves are overflowing these days and there are even more books piled on the floor and stuffed into drawers.  Books and reading are probably one of our most favorite activities on any day. We have even been spotted reading and doing groceries at the same time. Besides reading, we also love to play with and explore the stories we read about. One of our…
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40 Special Time Activities for Infants and Toddlers

40 Special Time Activities for Infants and Toddlers

Babies 0-12 months, Parenting, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Babies and toddlers thrive when they receive positive attention and loving care from parents.  While routine care activities boost a child's sense of love and well-being, dedicating a few times each day to engage with your baby or toddler helps them trust you and feel good. Parents that do special time with their baby and toddler daily notice more cooperation and happiness at home. Special time is a priceless time between a parent and a child. It’s a time set aside to create and strengthen your bond and relationship with your baby or toddler. Special time is most valuable when you set aside all phone calls, emails, TV screens and connect very deliberately and mindfully with your child. The following 40 activities can be done during special time to boost your bond with…
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Kindness During a Tantrum: 10 Ways to Show you Care

Kindness During a Tantrum: 10 Ways to Show you Care

Parenting, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Kindness is a wonderful thing. Surprising your child with a new book, fresh whipped cream atop their favorite fruits or letting them stay awake to talk with you for an extra ten minutes, whatever kind act it may be, children thrive on love and kindness.  What about when your child is having a tantrum? Did you know that love and kindness during a tantrum is often just what a child needs most? Walking away, yelling, mocking, shaming, isolating are all ways that can aggravate and upset a child when they are already hurting and feeling mad. Here are 10 ways you can show kindness to a  child during a tantrum:  1. Offer you child a hug: Touch is a wonderful way to connect with an upset child. 2. Tell your child you…
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Toddlers making Trouble:  11 Alternatives to Time Outs

Toddlers making Trouble: 11 Alternatives to Time Outs

Alternatives to Punishment, Parenting, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Toddlers don’t really mean to be making trouble, they spend their days trying to understand and discover their environment, their place and space in the world. They are growing and learning how to coordinate their bodies and regulate impulses. Just about every day, toddlers make mistakes, they create messes and do things that are sometimes hard for us parents to comprehend and then – gasp - they do it all over again! Often, it’s hard to know how to best handle the messy, sassy, yucky situations. Time outs are so popular in the toddler years, yet just placing a toddler in the corner or on a naughty chair is unlikely to prevent a re-occurance as toddlers will not really learn by pouting all alone, in fact they might feel upset,…
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Learning Life Skills: List of Household Tasks for Different Ages and Stages

Learning Life Skills: List of Household Tasks for Different Ages and Stages

Babies 0-12 months, Kids 5 - 12 years, Parenting, Positive Discipline, Preschoolers 3-5 yrs, Toddlers 12- 36 months
Children when encouraged often love to help around the house. Not only does it help them feel like they are capable and contributing members of the family, it also helps both parent and child have a chance to connect. Wondering what jobs your child can do around the house? With a little bit of help, children can do just about any task around the house and as they grow they can become more and more capable of carrying out these taks independently.  Having children help with just one to three tasks is a great way to get started. Here is list of household tasks for different ages and stages: Toddlers From 1 to 3 years toddlerhood is a great time to start involving children with household taks. Naturally curious about…
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