Why toddler+restaurant =disaster

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Think it’s a piece of cake? You’re in denial.

I have to tell you what happens when you try to take a baby or toddler into a restaurant: People at nearby tables actually get up and beg the waiter to let them sit somewhere–anywhere–else. I have seen diners plead with headwaiters and shell out wads of dollars so they could sit next to the Dumpster rather than endure what your little one is going to put them through. They are probably smart to do this. At least with the Dumpster, you know what to expect. With a small child, anything could happen

20 chores your toddler will love – Part 2

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11. It is really amazing that many teens don’t know how to wash their own laundry–a skill that a toddler can begin to learn. Sorting laundry into categories such as whites, lights, and darks help children practice skills they will need in learning to read, write, and do math. If you give them their own child-size laundry basket, they will feel ownership of their own clothing, and they can transport it to and from the laundry area. If your toddler still has accidents, a nonchalant, practical attitude can make the cleanup easier for you and your toddler. Even a two-year-old can take soiled bedclothes or clothing to the laundry

20 chores your toddler will love – Part 1

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Healthy, active toddlers create a whirlwind of activity, leaving behind a trail of boo-boos, messes, and toys. Wishing you could bottle some of that toddler energy, channel it and employ it to get more work done? Teach your toddler these top 20 fun, age-appropriate chores; they’ll love you for it

How to keep your water baby safe – Part 2

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6. Make life jackets your child’s uniform in and near the water.

Even if your child is only canoeing in a still lake, don’t let her leave her life jacket onshore. Whether rowing, kayaking, waterskiing, jet-skiing, windsurfing, or tubing is on the schedule, you and your family should “buckle up” in a life jacket (technically, a personal flotation device approved by the U.S. Coast Guard). “More than 77 percent of all fatalities on the water involve people who don’t wear their life jackets,” says Rear Admiral James D. Hull, director of operations policy for the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. Indeed, the Coast Guard recommends that all children age 5 and under wear life jackets on beaches, docks, and in boats–they’re still young enough to be tempted to wade or cannonball into the water without warning. Weigh your child and measure his chest size before purchasing a life jacket, as most are not sized by age. Make sure it fits properly with this test: Try to pick your kid up by the shoulders of the life jacket. If his chin and ears slip through the head opening, the life jacket is too big.