Set up for success

When you decide it’s time to begin potty training, set your child up for success. Start by maintaining a sense of humor and a positive attitude.

A reassuring hug

Sometimes, even just the simple act of a reassuring hug can say “I love you” and help stop negative behavior.

Manners and basic social skills

Review manners and basic social skills with your tot like how to wash his hands.

Tots and TV

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 2 years old watch no television and that those older than 2 watch no more than one to two hours a day of quality programming.

Listen to your toddler’s answers

Take time to listen to your toddler’s answers. Toddlers have strong opinions and interesting ideas about the world.

Parenting styles

While you can find a great deal of information about parenting we are all quite different people and need to develop our own child parenting styles based upon our own life experience, relationships and skills.

Add some affection

It never hurts to add some affection into daily activities. You’ll enjoy the hugs and your child will too.

Value talk

Affirm your child’s willingness to share her/his ideas, feelings, and experiences. Place a high value on talking together.

Try to “walk a mile” in your child’s shoes

The key to understanding children’s behavior often comes with understanding what/how they are feeling and the events that lead up to their negative actions.

Fear of the dark

Most children are afraid of the dark on some level — it’s a very common fear of the unknown. To combat this fear, try teaching your child how to turn on lights around the house, and add a night-light to his bedroom.

Putting tots in charge

Putting your preschooler in charge of a regular, simple task will build her confidence and sense of competency.

Enjoy them

Among the best of tips for parents is to simply relax and enjoy watching a toddler develop and grow. This precious time fades all too quickly.

Getting down to your child’s eye level

Be aware of your posture and position when talking with your child. Get down to your child’s eye level. Kneel next to him or sit beside him to take away the intimidating difference in size and height.

Undivided attention

To a child, the best thing you can give them is your undivided attention. What could be better, then, than to spend a whole morning, afternoon, or evening with just you?

Opt for positive reinforcement

Studies show that toddler discipline using positive reinforcement works far better than punishment.

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Say “Yes”. Change from using “No” comments to using “Yes” comments as much as possible.

Bed time is bed time

Stand your ground even if your child cries or pleads for an exception to the going-to-bed rule. If you’re frustrated, try not to engage in a power struggle. Speak calmly and quietly but insist that when time’s up, time’s up.

Transiton from toddler to big bed

Nobody wants to be kicked out of bed, especially a toddler who craves consistency and familiarity. When you decide it is time to transition your toddler into her very own big girl bed, start slowly.

Daycare costs

Daycare costs run about $1,200 a month, depending on where you live. So sometimes it makes sense for one parent not to work, because when you compare that number versus the after-tax salary of one parent, two kids in daycare equal about $30,000 in annual salary.

Preschooler can do

While 3- and 4-year-olds still need plenty of parental help, our preschool experts agree that kids are typically able to do more than many of us think.