According to a new study in the January 2013 edition of the Pediatrics journal, playtime is absolutely essential for preschoolers. Apparently they aren't getting enough playtime outside or playtime at all!
Your preschooler ripped off the wrapping paper, peeked in the box, set the carefully chosen item aside and spend the next two hours playing with...you guessed it...the box. There are toys kids may enjoy more that the wrappings. Which of these will grab your child's attention?
Some of your preschooler's words may not mean what you think they mean. We've come to realize that parents need their own dictionary or thesaurus to decipher a preschooler's true meaning! To help out, we've pulled together common phrases in a 3– or 4-year-old's daily conversation and unlocked what each could means.
Most children find play dough great fun! Toddlers love squeezing the soft, squishy material in their hands, exploring the texture and consistency of the dough. Older kids play more imaginatively, making things with it. Get your child started with one of these ideas.
Your afternoon slump arrives and your child's slouching on the couch. Is it time to have a cup of coffee and an energy drink? That's probably not your best alternative. Reach for energy-boosting snacks instead. These foods leave you with a true blast of energy that will last and keep you active all day.
Your child has been sick. You need to be at work. When can he return to daycare? Do siblings need to stay home? Since illnesses are transmitted differently, answer can vary. Find out for these common diseases (listed in alphabetical order:
Your toddler hasn't shown any interest in playing with other children. In fact, you've noticed that he'd rather play quietly with his blocks in the corner than join in any group activities. Should you be concerned? Read on for the answer and a list of important milestones to watch for on the play front.
Horrifyingly, our children's innocence is a tempting target for all kinds of child predators. While every parent's nightmare is the pervert hiding in the bushes on our child's way to school, reality is that the most threatening predators are far more calculating and capable.
The "R" word. Well, that's progress. At least we are calling it the "R" word, suggesting the entire word should not be spoken aloud. Retard. Retarded. As in, "I'm so retarded." "What a retard." Bantered about without much forethought--by most. It hurts those of us who have children who are, in fact, mentally retarded.