As parents of school-age kids are dealing with school supplies, schedules and snack options, this time of year has its own changes for parents of toddlers.
Suddenly the beaches and parks are quieter, the library's kid's section has more comfy seats to choose from, and with some big brothers and sisters heading off to school, the toddler is king (or queen)! September is a great time to be a toddler as the warm days continue well into the fall. It's also a great time for you to get to know your child who is naturally curious and eager to explore. They can also test the boundaries while you’re learning how to set limits.
Our new Pregnancy & Parenting section has some great advice on parenting a toddler, from understanding your toddler's temperament to learning about healthy food. Some tips include:
- Take your toddler outside to crawl over logs, inspect insects, pick grass or stones, and explore nature
- Involve her as much as you can in planning and preparing meals and snacks to increase an interest in trying new foods.
- With your support and supervision, being around people your toddler doesn't know can be a positive experience - learning how to trust is a part of normal development.
- Give your toddler plenty of notice when you’re switching from one activity to another.
There's also advice on developing healthy sleep habits, as sleep is a component of healthy living.
Parenting a toddler isn't always easy; every year brings new joys and challenges. We’d love to hear your stories and welcome your comments on our blog pages, Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, keep having fun with your toddler!