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How to Turn a Bossy Toddler into an Assertive Playmate
How to Turn a Bossy Toddler into an Assertive Playmate - "-Encourage the toddler’s fighting spirit without encouraging obnoxious behaviors likely to do social damage down the line. -Normalize sharing. Structured scenarios can help kids grow comfortable with sharing and help them see there’s no need to be paranoid. -Supervised play in a safe place with a sibling, cousin or familiar friend gives a toddler opportunities to stretch those sharing muscles.
How to Plan a 2-Year-Old’s Birthday Party
Birthdays for two-year-olds are, frankly, a scam perpetrated by two-year-old birthday party places and Pinterest boards of 2nd birthday ideas
How to Keep a Baby From Getting Sick Around Other People
How to Keep a Baby From Getting Sick Around Other People - Make sure that visitors understand that an infant has a fragile immune system. Ask any potential visitors if they’ve been around any sick people recently. -Make sure people wash their hands or slather on some hand sanitizer right in the door. -Limit baby kissing to only the closest relatives and keep them limited.
How to Teach ‘Stranger Danger’ With Facts Instead of Fear
“Stranger Danger” prepares kids for exaggerated threats, but consent can help them in any situation.
How to Know if Your Kid is Faking Illness or Injury
How to Know if Your Kid is Faking Illness or Injury - "-Look for signs that it’s real: fever, vomiting, and severe diarrhea. -Observe a child over time, particularly when the child doesn’t know they’re being observed. Do they look sick? Do they act sick? -While the kid is lying in bed, press around on their stomach, see if any area hurts them. Ask them to jump up and down. Ask them if they want their favorite food for breakfast.
How to Be a Funny Dad Without Teasing
How to Be a Funny Dad Without Teasing - Avoid sarcasm that uses abstract concepts. -When a parent teases a child with a sarcastic comment, he or she is asking the child to not only understand the world, but understand other peoples’ perspectives, and alternative realities. -Avoid leaning on adult humor, that diminishes parental power. That power comes from being a trustworthy, respectable person that a child can rely on. -Children don’t actually care if their dad is funny.