Your little one is growing by leaps and bounds, both physically and mentally. It’s your job to make sure he’s got enough nutrient-rich calories in his body that will help him keep up on the playground. Of course that can be easier said than done, as this age group is famous for fickle eating habits. Recommended daily calorie intake depends on your child’s age, size, and gender, but most toddlers require between 1,000 to 1,600 calories a day. We’ve got a few tips to help you build healthy eating habits in your little one.
Finding the right daycare center for your little one is no small feat. You’re looking for a safe, nurturing environment that will meet all the social, emotional, developmental, and academic needs of your child. Sound daunting? It doesn’t have to be if you’re well-prepared.
Potty training is a dreaded task, but you’re lucky to be sharing the responsibility with your daycare center. Think about it: Unless you yourself have 20 children, your daycare providers undoubtedly know way more about potty training than you do. In fact, they're experts! Trust in their methods, and before you know it you’ll have this milestone mastered. We’ve got 8 expert tips on making this a successful collaboration.
Did you know how expensive childcare was going to be? For some, it might not even seem worth it to go back to work, depending on your income level. According to Care.com, the average family spends $18,000 a year on childcare. But the good news is that you are most likely eligible for the child and dependent care tax credit, which will help. And hopefully your employer offers a Flexible Spending Account, or FSA. Here is what you need to know to take advantage of these tax benefits.
Logistics aside, one of the biggest differentiators between different schools is program type. If you’re not familiar the jargon can get confusing, so we’ve put together a primer to help you in your search.
As the parent of a wee one, you might have a love-hate relationship with technology. On the one hand the convenience of your smartphone is undeniable, but at the same time you want to limit screen time for your child. Maybe you already have a bunch of apps on your phone to keep your rugrat entertained while you wait for takeout or at the doctor’s office, but there are a few essential tools every parent of a little one should be armed with.