Archive for December, 2009

Dealing with Temper Tantrums

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Two and three-year-olds have many skills, but controlling their tempers is not one of them. Temper tantrums are a way for toddlers to show they are becoming independent and letting you know they have their own needs and wants. Take comfort in knowing that tantrums are normal and that most children outgrow them by age 4.

Here are a few tips for dealing with temper tantrums:

1. Remain calm. Don’t show frustration and don’t get angry. Avoid confrontation and have try to keep a relaxed tone. Holding your younger child during a tantrum may make him or her feel more secure and calm down more quickly.

2. Ignore. Some children throw tantrums to try to get their way or to seek attention. Don’t give in. Try ignoring the tantrum, but pay attention to your child after he or she calms down.

3. Quite place. Consider taking your child to a quiet place where he or she can calm down safely.

4. Don’t overreact. Although they can be embarrassing, resist overreacting to tantrums, and try to keep your sense of humor.

5. Praise good behavior. Praise your child when the tantrum stops.

When your child is having a floor-thumping tantrum, the most important thing you can do is remain calm and wait it out. Do not let your child’s behavior cause you to lose control, too.

Be Aware of Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys

Monday, December 21st, 2009

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise us that while new toys are fun, parents should be aware of potential lead hazards associated with some toys and toy jewelry. Review these important facts to keep your loved ones safe this holiday season: CLICK HERE for information about lead safety and childrens’ toys.

Toys for Infants and Toddlers

Monday, December 21st, 2009

What happened to good old blocks and balls?  The Child Care Exchange ( has alerted us to the Infant & Toddler Play, Toys & Media ACTION GUIDE developed by Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE).The guide spells out why quality play is so important and what types of toys support healthy play.  It includes some specific recommendations of toys for infants and toddlers.  The introduction describes how creative play is being challenged today:

  • Infants and toddlers are spending many hours in front of a screen 
  • Many toys are marketed as educational when in fact there is no evidence to prove it.
  • The increasing number of electronic toys, games, and DVDs often turns our infants and toddlers into passive players whose main activity becomes pushing a button.