Practical advice and tips on Parenting Toddlers

Parenting toddlers...  Your baby is now becoming more mobile, more curious about his or her surroundings. You are now entering into another phase of parenting. There are many more things parents of toddlers need to pay attention to such as ensuring your toddlers' safety, potty training, disciplining your toddler, keeping your child occupied with various activities for their learning process, among others. This site is dedicated to all parents with toddlers and young children to help alleviate their headaches on handling these children with practical tips and advice from mothers.

All parents of toddlers have one thing in common - we all have to renounce our "normal" lives and start living like abnormal people! Many parents would readily confess that the toddler years are some of the most trying. We will have to cope with highly-charged and inquisitive young minds, live with their frightfully demanding and beyond reasoning temperaments and deal with their huge tantrums and sometimes absolutely unreasonable demands. To comfort yourself that all parents go through this in one way or another, cheer yourself up with the following video:

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Being a mother of two, the author has learned a great deal from practical experiences in handling her own children as well as tips and advice from family and friends. By compiling all the experiences here, it is the author's hope that parents of toddlers will be more prepared in dealing with various circumstances with regards to their toddlers. Thus making parenting toddlers easier by skipping the learning curve which sometimes could be quite trying.

Here, you will also find plenty of activities for your toddler or young children to do together in the activities and games section as well as the arts and craft sections. Carrying out activities together with your young ones helps bonding and builds a lasting relationship that you and your child will treasure forever.

Toddlers’ safety is one very important aspect at this stage. Check out the various tips on what to look out for and how to child proof your home to avoid untoward incidents. Some of the things may seem minor but it goes a long way to keep your child out of harm’s way.

Parenting toddlers and young children can be a rewarding but challenging experience. Some of the other areas that you need to pay attention to when raising your little ones are:

  • Physical development: Toddlers and young children grow rapidly and need adequate nutrition, exercise, and sleep to support their development. Provide them with a balanced diet and limit their intake of processed foods. You should encourage them to be physically active by playing with them, taking them to the park, or enrolling them in sports or dance classes. Ensure that they get enough sleep, which is about 10 to 14 hours per day for toddlers and 9 to 11 hours per day for young children.
  • Cognitive development: Toddlers and young children are curious and eager to learn new things. Stimulate their cognitive development by reading to them, talking to them, asking them questions, and exposing them to different experiences. Provide them with toys and games that challenge their thinking, memory, and problem-solving skills. You should also praise their efforts and achievements, and help them cope with failures and frustrations.
  • Social and emotional development: Toddlers and young children are learning how to express and regulate their emotions, as well as how to interact with others. Support their social and emotional development by being responsive, affectionate, and consistent. You should also set clear rules and boundaries, and use positive reinforcement and gentle discipline. Teach them how to share, how to take turns, cooperation, and empathize with others. You will be the model for positive behaviors and attitudes, such as kindness, honesty, respect, and gratitude.
  • Language development: Toddlers and young children are developing their vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills. Foster their language development by speaking to them clearly and frequently, using simple sentences and words that they can understand. You should also listen to them attentively, respond to their questions and comments, and expand on their ideas. Introduce them to new words and concepts, such as colors, shapes, numbers, letters, animals, etc. You can also sing songs, recite rhymes, and tell stories with them.
  • Creative development: Toddlers and young children are exploring their imagination and creativity. Do nurture their creative development by providing them with materials and opportunities to express themselves through art, music, drama, or dance. You can encourage them to use their imagination by playing pretend games, making up stories, or inventing characters. Always appreciate their creations and efforts, and avoid criticizing or comparing them.

These are some of the areas that you need to pay attention to when parenting toddlers and young children. Remember that every child is unique and develops at their own pace. Don’t forget to enjoy the precious moments that you have with your little ones, as they grow up so fast!


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