popular topics in toddlers

  • Potty training tips
    Toilet Training
    Potty Training Tips When Your Kid Won't Go
    Need help ditching the diapers and putting away the pull-ups? Time to break out potty training tips when your kid won't go! Parents in the U.S. train later than many others across the globe. Some cultures in rural areas, in China, and on the Afr...
    Cara J. Stevens
  • kids reading book to overcome fear
    Fear of the Dark
    15 Books to Help Kids Overcome Their Fears
      Childhood can bring a lot of phobias and anxiety — fear of the dark, or thunder, or monsters, or going to the doctor, or the potty, or school, or the dentist... Eek! So here's a list of great children's books to help kids cure their inner w...
  • Playdough
    6 Homemade Playdough Recipes
    Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don't; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • hiking tips for families with toddlers
    Activities for Kids
    6 Hiking Tips for Families With Toddlers
    Hiking is a wonderful way to get some fresh air and enjoy nature. But what if you've got a toddler in tow? Don't fret! The following hiking tips for families with toddlers will help you make your journey enjoyable for adults and toddlers alike. ...
    Laura Richards
  • Pile of Colored Craft Sticks
    Crafts for Kids
    5 Ways to Use Craft Sticks for Play
      We are always looking for cheap ways to play, and a bag of craft sticks definitely fits that inexpensive bill. Craft sticks are popsicle sticks that come in several different sizes and colors, and don't require sticky mess clean-up before us...
  • Preschool boy holding red pencil
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Name Writing
    Kindergarten Prep: Name WritingThe step following mark-making is letter writing, creating symbols that are recognizable to you and to your child. Young children often make the most progress writing the letters in their name before writing any ot...
  • Child Playing with Homemade Clay
    Clay
    Homemade Clay Recipes
    Use the following recipes to make clay that can be rolled or shaped into sculptures. Some clays should be dried overnight, while others are best baked in an oven. When hard, sculptures can be decorated and preserved with acrylic paint or finish. ...
    Trish Kuffner, author of The Toddler's Busy Book
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Young boy playing with building blocks
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: I Am An Engineer
    Kindergarten Prep: I Am An EngineerEngineering may sound like a big word for early learning, but the planning, constructing, reconstructing, dismantling, and testing of how shapes and objects fit together or work together is something young chil...
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten
    Kindergarten Prep: I Am A Scientist
    Kindergarten Prep: I Am A Scientist Young children have a natural curiosity about their world— in many ways you could say they're natural scientists. Scientific exploration can provide amazing opportunities for developing skills in asking ques...
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Use Your Walking Feet
    Kindergarten Prep: Use Your Walking Feet There is every real possibility that your child's kindergarten classroom will have a set of rules posted on the wall. In every community there must be rules, which provide some sense of order and boundar...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Toddler Nutrition
    Two-Year-Old Refuses to Eat
    Two-and-a-half-year-olds really want to have control over something -- and what they eat is the number one control issue. ...
  • School and Learning
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Separation Anxiety
    Kindergarten Prep: Separation AnxietyUp to this point in her life, your child has pretty much been exclusively in your company. That is to say, except for visits to relatives, she's always been around you and she knows you're there to take care ...
  • Two boys cleaning up toys in gym class
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Clean-Up Time
    Kindergarten Prep: Clean-Up Time In the kindergarten classroom, your child will be expected to do her share of taking care of the classroom environment. This can include anything from picking up blocks after play to throwing away trash after sn...
  • Young girl on floor painting picture
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing Tools
    Kindergarten Prep: Writing ToolsIn learning to write, your child first needs time to explore a variety of writing tools. Over time you will introduce how to hold writing tools properly and your child will begin to perfect her skills in using tho...
  • Babies and Toddlers
    Toddler Behavior and Discipline
    Your One-Year-Old: Beginning Discipline
    Your One-Year-Old: Beginning DisciplineRule #1: The word "discipline" means teaching, not punishing. Understand that, at this age, baby is beginning to learn the word no. Only use it when you mean it, and expect baby to challenge you on it every...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • Smilling little girl holding scissors and a paper square
    Kindergarten Readiness
    Kindergarten Prep: Cutting with Scissors
    Kindergarten Prep: Cutting with ScissorsIt is most likely that you will find scissors on the "back-to-school" shopping list. You will want to select a good pair of child-sized scissors that your child can hold comfortably in his hand and that wi...