Toddlers

Best Puzzles for Toddlers by Age – Parenting Twins Article

As moms, we’re always trying to find new activities to keep our little ones busy. Because, if the kids are busy, we can actually get some stuff done, right?  Even though we spend so much time researching and selecting the right toys for our children, they still seem to be more interested in playing with random items they find around the house. But often, the novelty of that item fades quickly. So, considering that there’s always something else we need…

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Baby & Child Sleep During Lockdown – Q&A – Parents Article

I thought I would run a little Q&A answering some of the most common sleep questions that have been posed to me over the last couple of weeks while the world is in lockdown, due to Covid-19. Q: My baby will only nap if we are out walkingA: I think the answer to this depends on how old your baby is and how many times per day they need to nap. If you have an older baby who only naps…

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Why You Should Change The Way You Think, To Change the Way Your Child Behaves! – Parents Article

Expectations are the Enemy of Parents. I would say over 90% of the parenting dilemmas posed to me daily have one very simple answer; “you’re expecting too much of them”. Our expectations of child behaviour are totally warped in society today. We just expect too much of kids (and no age or behaviour is immune). We expect them to sleep like adults. We expect them to control their impulses like adults, regulate their emotions like adults, manage their time like…

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How to Encourage Reluctant Children to Brush Their Teeth – Parents Article

Do you have a reluctant tooth-brusher? There are several reasons why young children don’t like having their teeth brushed, but the top three in my opinion are: 1. Because it makes them feel completely out of control (imagine how you would feel if somebody brushed your teeth for you?)2. Because it disrupts what they would rather be doing/something that is way more fun3. Because there is something about the sensation of it they dislike. The answer then is to come…

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How to Help Your Twins Develop Their Own Unique Identity — TWINS Magazine – Parenting Twins Article

Twins will always share a special bond, no matter how it might seem at times to their parents. For many parents of twins, there is a tremendous amount of pressure to raise two well-rounded individuals with their own unique personalities. But when they have this natural bond, what can you do as a parent?  Thankfully, there are some simple things you can do to help each kid become their own unique personality.  It sure is cute to have two little…

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Talking to Children About ‘Stranger Danger’ – Parents Article

I’m often asked my opinion of talking to children about interactions with strangers and how I would best approach the topic. It may surprise you that I am really not a fan of the idea. Why? * Most child abductions and abuse occur from somebody known to the child (family members, family friends or professionals known to the child). Warning children about ‘Stranger Danger’ somehow implies that they can implicitly trust all those close to them, when actually these people…

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5 Tips for Handling Daylight Savings Time — TWINS Magazine – Parenting Twins Article

The start of daylight savings, or “Spring Forward,” is fast-approaching!  Even people without young children lament the lost hour of sleep, those of us with children are wondering how much coffee we’ll need to survive the upheaval that is headed our way. And, with twins, there is double the chance they will get even more off-track!  Why haven’t they canceled daylight saving by now anyway? So how can you skate through the time change like a pro?  Here are our…

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6 Steps to Teach your Toddler to Brush Their Teeth – Parenting Twins Article

Your toddler is growing up! If you think about that first year, it’s crazy how many milestones your little one went through during those first 12 months of life. Your toddler can eat independently now, and has beautiful tiny teeth! That means that now is the right time to start incentivizing them to brush their teeth as well, especially if they are between 18 to 24 months old. Check out this easy to follow step-by-step guide to start this beautiful…

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Confusional Arousals – AKA Why Children Wake in Tears After a Nap – Parents Article

I’m often contacted by parents who are worried that their children (usually toddlers) wake seemingly inconsolable after sleep, usually naps. They describe children who won’t settle (even for their usual fail-safes), can’t be reasoned with and seem in great discomfort. This crying lasts anything from a couple of minutes, to ten or twenty minutes, or more. This pattern is characteristic of a condition known as Confusional Arousal disorder. In adults, this parasomnia (a disorder that commonly affects falling asleep, waking up,…

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Managing Screen Time Without Tears — TWINS Magazine – Parenting Twins Article

I bit my lip. My pediatrician looked up at me after asking how much screen time I allowed my six-year-old each day. I didn’t know. Heck, I felt like a champion arriving at the appointment on time with my six-year-old, four-year-old, and 6-month-old twins in tow. My goal for the day usually involved two things:  keep the kids fed and safe. Screen time was just an afterthought. “Maybe three hours? …I’m not exactly sure.” Honestly, this was probably a conservative…

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