Dine-Out with a Toddler…and ENJOY it!!!

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There are days that I cringe when “dine-out” and “toddler” are spoken in the same sentence. Dining out with a toddler is no easy task. It is, however, a great opportunity to build skills with your toddler, and believe it or not, it can be fun and stress free. Here are a few simple tips to enjoy the dining out experience with your toddler!

CHILD FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS

It will not always be your choice where you will be having dinner. If it is your choice, try to find a child friendly restaurant (and I don’t just mean the places that have slides). There are a few things that make restaurants a little more family friendly.

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Halloween Safety 101

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When I was a kid, we went Trick-or-Treating by ourselves without a care in the world! Unfortunately we live in a slightly different world these days. And unfortunately, Halloween has become a Holiday that is quite a bit more dangerous than it was before. But, with these simple tips, you can keep your kids safe and still have a great time! Modify the tips depending on your child’s age!

  • If possible (or if your kids aren’t too cool yet) always send your children with a chaperon.

    Ok, This may be much easier said than done. As your kids get older they are going to want to go with their friends and not Mom. Offer to drive them from street to street as they trick or treat. Tell them you will meet them at the opposite end of the street. Hint to your kids: You get places MUCH faster driving. More places=More Candy!
  • Send your kids with a flashlight, glow stick, glow in the dark tape or other light. By having your child carry a flashlight, a lit Trick-or-Treat bag, glowstick etc… not only can you keep an eye on them easier, but they are also much more visible to cars. When kids get excited they tend to dash across the road without looking. By having your child carry a light, accidents with vehicles can be greatly reduced. Want a quick way to make everything glow in the dark EASILY? Check out this amazing glow-in-the-dark Tumble Dye from S.E.I.!
  • Keep costumes safe. halloween2

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If your child is going to be wearing a mask, make sure they can see out easily. A mask should also be easily removed without any assistance. (Your child should be able to take his/her mask of by themselves). A costume should also be easy to move in and not restrict your movement or the ability to walk and climb stairs.

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Ease your Child’s Separation Anxiety

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Back to school is in full swing! BLEH! How did the summer go by so fast!? With going back to school, or for some of our young ones who are just starting school, it can be an extremely scary time! Leaving Mom and/or Dad is rough! It can sometimes cause some pretty serious separation anxiety.

One of the hardest parts of my day, as an educator, is to see children upset when their parents have to leave. It breaks my heart each and every time! Everyday I would remind the parents to just “rip off the band-aid” and leave quickly.

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10 Tips to Survive a Road Trip with Toddlers

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Going on a Road Trip with toddlers can be scary. But it can also be a blast!!!! And, it can be SO much easier than it sounds! With a little bit of planning ahead you and your toddler will have a blast on your road trip! And you will totally survive with your sanity in check!!! Try some of these simple, tips to survive a road trip with toddlers!!
Get Organized

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Before you even start your trip, figure out a way to stay organized! This Back Seat Car Organizer has kinda been a life saver for me!I am constantly reaching back into the back to hand a snack, give a binkie, clean up a spill, kiss a boo boo etc….being organized and using an organizer in the car makes it SO much easier. Especially if your toddler can reach the organizer. My son can reach most of the stuff in his organizer and he knows when he is finished with something he needs to hand it back to me. Keeping organized on a trip keeps my sanity and makes life a whole lot easier. This product definitely helped with that!!! Whether you choose to use an organizer, tupperware, baggies etc…find a way that works for you to keep your car clean and organized during the drive. Make sure you have a bag set aside for garbage!

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Must Have Printables for Your Babysitter!

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One of the scariest thoughts of bringing home baby number two in a few weeks is making sure my two year old is well taken care of while Mom and Dad are at the hospital! My mom will be the one with the awesome job of keeping the two year old alive while we are at the hosptial. So, I know that he is in good hands! But, my biggest concern is not having the time to make sure she knows all she needs to before we jet off to the hospital!

Being prepared in case of an emergency or unexpected circumstance crucial! Especially with little ones at home.If Mom and Dad have to leave quickly…what is the plan for the littles at home? Don’t get caught unprepared!! Being prepared will make an Emergency a lot easier to deal with! Especially if you aren’t panicking about the little people at home!

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