Preschool Age

Watching What Your Kids Watch On TV

Submitted by:
Zahid
From (city):
Michigan

When my kids were little I made the rule that they can't watch TV, but they can watch a television program. Even when they couldn't read, I would read them their options in the program guide and they would choose.

Recording Vacation Memories

Submitted by:
Claire
From (city):
West Virginia

When my child was 4 1/3 years old we were going on a trip cross-country and we decided that a video camera was way to cumbersome and especially for use in the car. We thought about writing a journal but I found I got more involved with writing and missed half of the sights along the way. 

Teaching Patience With A Clock

Submitted by:
Les
From (city):
West Virginia

Well, telling a small child to be patient or to wait 20 minutes, doesn't go very far. So, like many good ideas, this one came out of an unexpected trial and error experience.

Activities for Those Long Car Rides

Submitted by:
Paul
From (city):
Virginia

We enjoy taking family trips, but nobody enjoys that constant "How much further" or "Are we almost there?" coming from the backseat. So my wife and I try a game we'd heard about to put a stop to the constant questioning. 

Homemade Birthday Cards

Submitted by:
Judith
From (city):
South Carolina

What we found was that buying cards was very expensive and my kids have many, many relatives and they all wanted to see pictures of the children as they grew because, unfortunately we didn't live close to these relatives. 

Tips to Encorage Early Reading

Submitted by:
Lisa
From (city):
New York

Once my daughter turned five, she wanted to learn to read. She is still five and now reading at the beginning level. 

Singing Books to Kids

Submitted by:
Richard
From (city):
North Carolina

As a parent you are always trying to come up with new ways to keep your kid interested in reading and books. One of the things I do that my sons really enjoy is rather than reading them like I normally would, I sing them! It's something I decided I'd try one day and so far it's been a hit! 

Making Good Choices about Toys

Submitted by:
Marilou
From (city):
Maryland

To prevent young children from being overwhelmed by many toys, here's an idea of how to keep the number of toys children play with to a manageable number for both kids and parents.

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