It seems the age children start playing team sports gets younger all the time. A little league or sports club can be a great way for toddlers to learn a sport, get some exercise and have fun. But organized team sports aren’t for every young child. Before you ask your toddler if he wants to sign up for soccer or T-ball, think about these factors to help determine if he’s ready.
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Holiday shopping with a toddler doesn't have to be stressful. Try these tips: Go in the morning when she's less likely to be cranky. Give her regular breaks from the stroller or shopping cart to let off steam. Bring water and healthy snacks like nuts, raisins or granola bars to keep her energy up, and disposable wipes for cleaning hands. Tell her the store rules and enforce them. Remind her to use her soft "public" voice when she needs something.
As hard as it may be, giving your toddler more independence could be a boon for both of you. She'll learn faster, gain self-confidence and be more comfortable on her own. Here are some techniques: Let her make her own decisions (within limits, of course), such as what to wear. Find chores she can help with, like folding towels or putting away the silverware. Whenever possible, let her do things her way, even if it takes longer. Ease separation anxiety by reassuring her you'll be back and gradually increasing the time you're away.