Some toddlers resist their high chair and protest being at the table. How should you react? It happened with both our kids: At around 12 months, until about 19 months, they just wouldn’t stay at the dinner table. Sometimes they yanked at the straps and squirmed out of their high chairs; other times they dumped
Suspicious of that sniffly nose? Curious about that cough? Read on to decode some common allergic cues Wondering if your kid has allergies? Here are the common signs of allergies in kids. History of allergy in the family What it means: Along with eye colour and personality quirks, parents can pass on their predisposition to
Dorothy Robson and Sean Smith first noticed their three-year-old son, Sebastian, was hitting other kids when he was a year and a half. “At first, we would redirect him and say, ‘You can’t hit. This is a gentle touch,’” says Robson. “But as he gets older, we talk to him about it. We ask him
Risky playground antics? Lousy sleeper? With high-spirited kids, “it’s as though their brain is stuck on ‘Go!'” My first son wasn’t much older than two when I figured it out: he’s what they call “high-spirited.” A high-spirited child is just a little… extra, in almost all the ways they can be: more intense, more persistent,
If you’re already dealing with a tantrum-prone two-year-old, I’m sorry to tell you that having a threenager is even harder. I’ve always thought that while most new parents find mommy-and-me meetups when they have newborns, it’s parents of “threenagers” who truly need a support group. Each day is like being on a wildly awful and
Is there a certain age at which it’s considered safe for a toddler to cozy up with a pillow in their crib or bed? Well, not exactly, say the experts. Like many new parents, my husband and I fretted about sleep struggles when our son, Zayn, was born. We wished his naps would stretch longer
Psychotherapist Liza Finlay shares five simple yet effective tips to help you get your kids to listen. Why won’t they listen? I hear this lament a lot. In fact, just recently, at a workshop I was leading, I asked the parents attending to name their beefs, and almost every one complained, “My kids just don’t
Photo: Stocksy United Jessica Farber was picking up her son from daycare the first time he held his breath to the point of losing consciousness. When she went to put on Theo’s jacket, the 15-month-old opened his mouth to protest. “He did one of those big, silent cries that usually ends when they catch their
Children don’t think they like vegetables. But a few smart strategies can turn young vegetable skeptics into eager eaters. When my daughter, Jane, was 18 months old or so, our family got into the habit of “toasting” with vegetables—raising, say, a tender roasted carrot slice to the middle of the dinner table instead of our
Here’s how to keep your kids off the couch, even if you don’t have much space. Photo: iStockphoto Thanks to the colder weather and shorter days, snuggling up on the coach to watch TV is even more tempting than usual. No matter what Mother Nature brings, it’s important to note, however, that your kiddos need to keep moving.
When you feel yourself about to go ballistic on your kid, here are 10 things to try instead. 1. Give yourself a time out Leave the room and head to one that has a lock (secure your kiddo in a crib or gated play area if he’s little). You get a moment of reprieve, and
Photo: iStockphoto Cheri Bojcic’s four-year-old, Elana, has a favourite book: Fidgety Fish. She loves the quirky sea creatures, the colourful pictures, the engaging story. She’s memorized most of the words. When Fidgety swishes through the water, mom and daughter wiggle too. Luckily, Fidgety Fish is such a likeable book. Bojcic, of Chilliwack, BC, has had
Another rainy or bone-chilling day? We see you over there: Restless kids fidgeting on the couch, the clock ticking slower than usual, and you’re fresh out of ideas for things to do. Well you’ve come to the right place. We have your back with this list of the best indoor games you haven’t already tried.
Need to get something done, but your toddler’s demanding your attention? Try one of these 10 ideas to buy you some time. Recognize either of these scenarios? It’s 5 p.m. and you need to make dinner, but you have a very small child clinging to your legs. Or, you desperately need to make an important
Sonya Henderson’s son, Noah, was three-and-a-half years old when the Toronto mother noticed he was having hearing troubles. Noah would ask her to turn up the TV, even though his sister, who was sitting next to him, could hear it fine. When he started pronouncing new words incorrectly, Henderson took him to the doctor, who
Photo: iStockphoto Before my daughter started daycare at 19 months, I could count on one hand the number of times she’d been sick. But after only two months in the daycare germ storm, I’d already lost count. It was a seemingly endless stream of runny noses, low-grade fevers, mysterious rashes and minor bouts of diarrhea.
One of the neatest things about having a large family is witnessing the different dynamics and connections develop between members. I grew up in a family with sisters who were five years older than me, and always buddied up together. When I was still playing pretend and rocking baby dolls, they were hanging out with
Tis’ the season! It’s just about that time of year when we start hitting the stores and tackling our holiday shopping. I don’t know about you but one thing our kids put on their list every year without fail is always LEGO Duplo. Zoe and Max have had their eyes on a couple of the
I’m a mom to a very precocious toddler and at two years old, we have reached the point at home where stuffies have become less interesting; now, it’s all about toys and activities that engage her little developing mind. The toddler years are often a trial and error period for most parents when it comes