26 Jan · pieter · No Comments

When Should My Child Learn to Swim

When making your decision, keep your child’s emotional maturity, physical and developmental abilities and comfort level in the water in mind. Children develop at different rates and not all are ready at exactly the same time. Learning to swim should be a top priority for every family since drowning is one of the top causes …

READ MORE

27 Dec · Linda Searles · No Comments

The Holiday Letdown with Toddlers

Christmas can be overwhelming for children to experience all the glitter and glow of the holidays. The Christmas decorations, the tree, the lights, the goodies, the movies, the trips to parades and the gifts. Wow, it’s not wonder that Christmas takes its toll on every child and every parent. After the wave of excitement there …

READ MORE

19 Dec · Linda Searles · No Comments

When Do Children Stop Being Afraid of Santa?

Actually, toddlers are afraid of Santa for many reasons. The first is “wow, this is a stranger, a big fat stranger with a big, long white beard that I have never seen, with a loud HO HO HO laugh that I have never heard. No wonder I am scared!! Some ways of helping your child …

READ MORE

12 Oct · Linda Searles · No Comments

Why Do Toddlers Love To Climb?

Toddlers climb because they think they can! Toddlers are very curious and as they gain confidence, they start to climb everywhere, and not aware of the danger they expose themselves to. Providing a safe environment such as an indoor home gym where they can safely climb under supervision, is a great way to satisfy the …

READ MORE

28 Sep · Linda Searles · No Comments

When Should I Introduce Reading to My Child?

Learning to read is a unique process for each child. Some children start learning to read in preschool or daycare and some children learn how to read in first grade. It is important to remember that children learn at their own pace and that is completely natural. Toddlers (Ages one to three) At this age …

READ MORE

22 Aug · Linda Searles · No Comments

Can Toddlers Get Depressed?

Many experts maintain that toddlers are too psychologically immature to experience depression, a growing number of child psychologists believe it can hit children as young as 2 or 3. They believe that treating the condition immediately can rewire the brain in a way that diminishes the problem later on. According to the American Academy of …

READ MORE

5 Aug · Linda Searles · No Comments

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

For some parents, vaccines represent a threat to their child’s health and safety but, for the vast majority of parents, vaccinating their child is a given. “Seventy years ago, we didn’t have to sell vaccines to people because those diseases were a real threat,” Brian Zikmund-Fisher, an associate professor of health behavior and health education …

READ MORE

21 Jul · Linda Searles · No Comments

Diapers: Disposable or Cloth?

Cloth Diapers Pros: While cloth diapers come with a larger initial investment, they are much cheaper over the long run than disposable diapers. Since cloth diapers are less absorbent than disposables (con) you will need to change diaper more often-hence less diaper rash. (pro) It may be easier to start potty training because kids will …

READ MORE

7 Jul · Linda Searles · No Comments

Taking Toddlers to the Beach

First, find a beach that fits your style. Meaning, does the area have a boardwalk just in case your toddler tires of the sand and water and needs to take a walk in the stroller. Also, the beach should not be more than an hour drive from your home. Everyone is tired on the way …

READ MORE

30 Jun · Linda Searles · No Comments

Camping with a Toddler

A first camping trip, with your toddler, will depend on where you choose to go. You may want to choose a site that is more local to you so your trip is not too long. Check your state’s Department of Natural Resources website for a full list of available campgrounds. Many site will let you …

READ MORE