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Is Your Toddler Still in the MINE Stage?

by Tania Cowling November 17th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Do you have problems with your toddler sharing at play dates? Are you dealing with territorial battles? Problems with sharing are part of normal development in toddlers, but parents can foster sharing skills in young children with a few learning opportunities and offering praise along the way. Since toddlers

How to Empower Your Toddler’s Speech With Words

by Tania Cowling October 20th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Bet you can't wait to hear your child speak? I went through this with my children and now I'm amazed by what my 2-year-old grandchild can convey. Although toddlers may not yet be speaking clearly, he/she is stockpiling words and will one day burst into speech. Here are a

Parent & Child Health – Toddlers Moving From Cot to Bed

by Editorial Team October 7th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Raising a child is not an easy thing, and parents can often feel frustrated and be at their wits end. The good thing is, you are not alone! Parents everywhere go through the same issues, concerns and questions as you and probably feel equally frustrated at times.

Which is why

The Best Homemade Books for Babes

by Tania Cowling September 22nd, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
The best books for young children have large, realistic pictures of items the child sees every day. These may help early toddlers who are just beginning to talk to learn new words. And children really enjoy using books made especially for them. They like to help choose the pictures
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Sand Play Develops Skills in Toddlers

by Tania Cowling August 25th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Sand play presents a new world for toddlers to conquer. It becomes an all year recipe that combines the components of tactile experimentation and a wonderful opportunity to “make a mess.” But, parents don’t fret – this messy play helps the child learn new concepts, develop their motor skills,

Wet and Wild Water Play For Toddlers

by Tania Cowling July 28th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
During the summer months, let your toddlers engage in wet and wild water play with activities that are excellent sources of learning, exploration, and problem solving. And, think how water play is easy on the budget as most activities are free.

Begin with time in the backyard. Play with a
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Toddlers Learn With Their Fingers and Toes

by Tania Cowling June 30th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Toddlers are still learning about their world and one way to promote their joy of learning is through movement. They never sit still and they look at their fingers and toes as wonderful tools. Think about all the ways you can promote learning. There are activities that use repetition,

Toddler Time in the Garden

by Tania Cowling June 2nd, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
It’s never too early to instill the love of growing plants into a child’s life. Gardens are magical places and should be simple and successful when done with young children. Why not take your child outdoors during this beautiful spring weather and play in the dirt? Who knows, the

Teach Your Toddlers About Trees

by Tania Cowling May 5th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Between Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (the last Friday of April), spring is a time of fascination with trees. As parents we should encourage our children to learn about trees, their care, and the impact they have on Earth. And, just because your child is still young
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Body Awareness Activities for Toddlers

by Tania Cowling April 7th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Body awareness is new and fascinating to toddlers as they discover their world beyond home and family. As parents, we can give our children a head start on learning about our world when we help them learn more about themselves, their body and how it occupies space. It’s not
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Teaching Toddlers About Colors

by Tania Cowling March 10th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
We are so used to colors in our world that it takes the excitement of a toddler’s observations to literally “see” these concepts. As parents, it is up to us to present exploration activities and make use of a young child’s limitless curiosity to help them discriminate and identify
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Toddlers Can Learn the Alphabet With Music

by Tania Cowling February 10th, 2014| Development, Infants/Toddlers
Learning the alphabet needs to begin early in a child's life and the easiest way to teach a skill is though music and fun activities. Singing is an easy and entertaining way to promote good language patterns as songs contain repetitive sounds and young children can understand sentence structure