25 words a TWO year old Should be Using

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Does my child talk enough?  By age two, your toddler should be talking. Research says your child should be using at least 50 words by the age of two. Leslie Rescorla, Ph.D, put together a list of 25 words (The 25 most common words that toddlers master) that your child should be using by the age of two. If your child is NOT using these words by the age of two or at least the majority of these words, you should have your child evaluated. Call your local school district or talk to your pediatrician to find out how and where to get your child evaluated.  To find out more about speech milestones check out this Month to Month Guide to Baby Babble and Toddler Talk.

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Lick ’em and Stick ’em [Homemade Stickers]

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I LOVE stickers! For so many reasons! They are fun, they are great motivators, they teach numbers, letters, counting, etc… the list goes on and on! But, the one downside to stickers is that they can go fast! Especially if you have a sticker lover in the house! Well, problem solved! This recipe for homemade stickers is SO simple and quick! And, I bet you have everything you need right there in your house!

What you need:

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2 Parts Elmers Glue
1 Part Distilled White Vinegar
Paint Brush
Pictures (Magazine cutouts, newspaper cutouts, pictures of your kids etc…)

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Stop Tantrums in Their Tracks!!!!

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Toddler Tantrums can come at anytime, any place and for any reason! Lately my little fellow has been getting a bunch of molars all at the same time. SAD! He is in so much pain! But along with the pain comes the grumps! You can’t blame these poor little babes for their stinky attitudes! Especially when something is going on that makes them uncomfortable!

Even though there is that cliche term, “The Terrible Twos”, you might start seeing tantrums as early as 12 months and they may go on past age 4! Woof!! But don’t worry! I will try to help you solve those problems today! We all know that toddlers tantrum. That is nothing new!  It is the WHY and the HOW to help stop/prevent tantrums that we need to talk about! So, lets chit chat about How to Stop those Toddler Tantrums in their Tracks!!!

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5 Stages of learning to Write and Draw

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In the early childhood years, there are stages of mastering the skills writing and drawing. These stages start as early as 15 months and go up to about 5 years old. After the age of 5, it is pretty much just beautifying those skills that have been learned.  The stages  listed below are approximate. Your child may hit these stages faster or slower and be just fine! All kids are different in their development-always remember that! There are SO many fun experiences with different art and writing materials to enhance learning.

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The DO’s and DON’Ts of Potty Training

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Potty training can be STRESSFUL!! It is one of the most dreaded thing in parenthood. But, potty training does NOT have to be a tortuous event for you or your child! Potty training is a lot easier if you follow some simple potty training LAWS. Here are the DO’s and DON’Ts of Potty Training!!!

Do: Wait until your child is READY. If you try to potty train your child before they are ready you might as well forget it! When they aren’t ready it is messy, stressful, and in short disastrous!! Check out “How to know if my child is ready to ditch the diapers” for signs of potty training readiness. You also want to make sure YOU are ready! If you aren’t fully committed, it will not work!

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