4 Ways Toddlers Say I Love You

Love is in the air…

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As parents you already know that we have our own set of love languages and even, though it might be difficult for you to identify them every now and then, please, read on because I’m giving our toddler secrets away!

  1. First of: Be assured that no one (!), really no one – is more important than mommy and daddy.  I feel the most secure with my parents.

  2. Every time I discover something new, such as: “Mommy look! Two birdies!” – it really just means: Give me your attention! I want to share my discovery with you because I love you!

  3. Sometimes – and I must admit – I throw a fit in the mornings because I don’t want to get ready but instead I want to be held by my parents. There’s nothing more I enjoy but to cuddle with them!

  4. Name me one toddler who isn’t a messy eater! Well, I certainly am at given times and you know what? I LOVE to explore and experiment with food and while I create a mess I really just want to share my pleasure with my parents!

If this isn’t love than I don’t know…

Can you think of more ways?

Playing In The Snow With A Toddler

This stuff is cold!

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It’s my 3rd time in the snow but it’s my 1st time actually enjoying it! I’m finally old enough to play in the snow and boy (!) was I excited!

We had a small snow storm over the weekend which mommy discovered as she woke up in the morning. She came to see me and said: “Kingston, look outside! It snowed!” I jumped out of bed eagerly and looked out the window…my face lit up immediately! It looked like Winter Wonderland outside!

My parents and I got bundled up and headed out to play after we got too cold and decided that it was time for hot chocolate!

Do you enjoy the snow?

Why Family Matters

Gotta love family!

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Family is so very special and important – it nurtures us and helps us grow.

Michael J. Fox once said that “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything”, and I couldn’t agree with it more.

To us, family means being there for each other, supporting one another, sharing warmth, laughter and smiles.

What does family mean to you?

Games To Play With Your Toddler

24 – 30 Months

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Winter is on its way, hence, my outdoor fun will be limited due to the cold (I live in Chicago) so my parents and I have to come up with fun play ideas to

  1. Keep me entertained and
  2. To keep me happy.

Below are my favorite games that will guarantee hours of fun, and they encourage my development, too!

Don’t fall in the sea!

My parents and I pretend that the carpet is the sea. Our goal is to reach to the other side of the room without getting our feet wet. We place cushions, magazines and/or paper plates across the floor as stepping stones (because let’s face it: I’m not a rabbit who can jump across a big obstacle!). It is so much fun and it helps build a sense of balance and spatial awareness!

Going on a picnic!

Make an ordinary day more fun by having a picnic for lunch. You don’t need to go out either, just spread a blanket on the sitting-room floor and eat from paper plates. My parents usually prepare finger foods, such as: Mini sandwiches, vegetables sticks, etc. We pretend that we’re somewhere else too (usually somewhere warm and tropical!). I love using my imagination while we make up fun stories!

What are your favorite games?

Swimming With Your Toddler

Splash!

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Last night my parents and I visited my mom’s friends house for some “swimming lessons” at their pool. The weather was perfect and the pool was great fun indeed!

We all enjoyed ourselves splashing in the pool and my parents certainly made sure that I was at all times within their arm’s reach. The best way to keep little swimmers like me out of harm’s way is by practicing what the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calls “touch supervision” — being close enough to reach out and touch your child at all times.

I cannot stress supervision enough. We’re little and can’t be trusted on our own at all (I’m an HONEST TODDLER). Your tot had swimming lessons? Great, but still – be sure to stay close.

Further, you’ll also want to make sure your new swimmer doesn’t swallow too much water while splashing around (something we often do), which could possibly lead to water intoxication, a rare but serious condition resulting from excessive fluid intake. So watch out for gulpers and keep any underwater submersion’s brief.

Here’s to safe fun in the sun!

Your 22-Month-Old Toddler

Our social and emotional milestones.

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I am almost 2 years old, whoop! I can communicate using both words (“Milk, please!” or “Stop it!”) and gestures! I’ve been experimenting with how my ability to communicate affects my parents and nanny. Sometimes, I would yell “Stop it”, not because I really mean it, but simply because I’m interested to see how my parents/nanny respond to my order! It amuses me – truth to be told! Or I would randomly point at things and shout: “Look”! Usually this request signifies my need for their approval, for instance: My parents and I have this game where I would point at something and they go: “Great, job! What do you see”? I love it when they praise me because it gives me the confidence to keep trying new things on my own.

Other developments: Expressing love and cooperating … maybe.

Yes, I freely kiss and hug the people I love around me because I know it makes them happy. Every now and then I help “clean up” too until I get bored with that ‘game’, such as throwing trash into the garbage bin. My attention span only goes for so long…which is typical for a tot like me!

What are your adventures/experiences with your toddler?