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Don’t give your child toys that have small parts that can be swallowed or become lodged in a child’s windpipe, ears or nose, such as doll accessories, small snap-together blocks of beads or puzzles with small pieces. CPSC has developed the “truncated cylinder test tube,” now available in retail stores. This clear plastic tube allows things to fall through it […]

Acquiring souvenirs can be a high point of the trip. Just decide on some criteria for spending money on them. Discuss beforehand what kids can and cannot buy. Establish limits and stick to them. Allocate travel money for their items but encourage them to enhance their buying power with some of their own money. Many families decide on one item […]

There are many favorite games which require no equipment and are perfect for passing the time in many situations, especially in the car. These listed don’t work for children under the ages of 2 or 3. For the very young, hand games, music, identifying objects by color and rotating toys work best. Once children are old enough you can engage […]

The American Girls Collection For children 7 and up. Working with historians and curators at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Valerie Tripp has added the story of “Felicity: An American Girl” to Pleasant Company’s historical series on American girls. The first nine books, published in 1986, drew enthusiastic response for their sympathetic and realistic rendering of spunky and individualistic American girls […]

Most babies begin eating table foods at around 1 year of age. However, it is important that they eat the right table foods. Remember that it is less important that your child eats all the right things than that he doesn’t eat too much of the wrong things. A varied diet offering foods from each of the basic 4 food […]

Don’t waste your time lecturing your child on the importance of reading; it will probably fall on deaf ears. Let a child see you reading and writing for the practical reasons, as well as for pleasure. • You can encourage reading however, by encouraging your child to read at least one chapter of a book every night or even after […]

The report card is an important part of a child’s life, an affirmation of effort, even if the grades aren’t the greatest. If you think back to your school days, you’ll probably remember a few cards that you worried about and others you were especially proud of. • Remember that your child’s grades are theirs, not yours. If they’re earned […]

The school bus rules might be the first piece of homework your child brings home, and the school bus might be the first mode of public transportation he or she takes alone. It’s important that rules be followed for everyone’s safety, and for the sanity of the bus driver. • Do discuss procedures and rules to be followed on the […]

One of the nicest things you can do for your children is to help them develop an interest in music. It can be a delight for them all of their lives. First, expose your children to music of all kinds, right from infancy. Experts today tell us that even unborn babies can hear and often appear to recognize and enjoy […]

Learning to use the library is a true lifetime skill. Do start early. Get your child his or her own library card to be responsible for; it’s a very adult thing to do. • Help your child become acquainted with the librarian and the services offered by the library, such as reserving books, using computers, or other media opportunities. Encourage […]