Preschool Pointers: 15 - Actually a Toddler Trick

Okay, this is a toddler trick I saw at my cousin's, but it was so brilliant, I had to share it. Now, it only works for certain cabinets, but it is amazing.Problem: Your kid keeps getting into the cabinets.SOLUTION:...more

Preschool Pointers - 3: Wait

Problem:You want your child to do something, a developmental milestone you hope for them to reach. But they won't or they can't, and everyone is frustrated and it just isn't going how you'd hoped. Note: Want is the key word here. If you need your child to do something, you'll just have to barrel through.Solution:...more

Preschool Pointers - 1: The Apology

Problem:You're kids throw a fit in public. They scream in that old lady's ear. They bang into that other mom while running from you. They're just generally be bad and uncontrollable. You're embarrassed. Again.Solution:...more

Toddler Tricks - 103: It's Okay to Say Okay

Problem: Your kids move slowly and are incredibly easily distracted. You could be taking them to the most fun place on Earth and just before you leave, they'd want to play one more game, or splash in a puddle or run around the car giggling for funsies. ...more

Toddler Tricks - 102: "We'll See"

Problem: Your kid wants something that you aren't going to give him. Maybe just not right now, maybe never ever ever. But the child has trouble accepting the word no, and you don't have time to get into a twenty-minute reasoning match with them. Or maybe you are in public and you don't have the patience to wait out the inevitable tantrum. SOLUTION:...more

Toddler Tricks - 101: Let Them Set the Pace

Problem: You have plans with no one to go somewhere or do some certain thing. It's in your datebook / on your to-do list and everything. Yet, there your kids sit, happily playing in the corner, not a tear in sight, not a tantrum to be heard. You know that any change in this precariously balanced environment will bring OMG EMOTION to the scene. Even if it's an awesome outing, like, "hey, let's go to the swimming pool," it will be met with tears and fighting because, well, that's the only way your kids (by which I mean my kids) know how to process emotion, of any kind. So, what do you do?...more

Toddler Tricks - 100: Use the Library

Problem: It's summer time and it's hot and you don't have $35 to blow on the movies, or rollerskating, or bowling, or whatever fun-filled, spend-all-your-wages-here, activities advertised by businesses. You're all pooled out, and the park is like a desert. What do you do? SOLUTION:...more

Toddler Tricks - 99: Learning Tools Are Games

Problem: You're all bored. It's summer, and you've gone to the pool or lake everyday, then it rained for a week and you saw every movie, went to every library and store just to get out of the house, and even went to the mall playland. You're fresh out of ideas and you've got eight hours before bedtime. SOLUTION:...more

Toddler Tricks - 98: Wait Them Out

Problem: Your child won't wipe herself, or eat, or sleep, or whatever it is she won't do. It's a battle of wills, and you aren't giving up. SOLUTION:...more

Toddler Tricks - 95: Give Chances

Problem: You've got an unruly child. (This is my problem a lot, have you noticed?) She can take anything and twist it into a reason to cry or get upset. She's irrational and dragging you down in her own little whirlpool of insanity. And you had planned some fun things to do, but now you don't even want to chance bringing her out. SOLUTION:...more