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Kids, even well after toddler years, tend to enjoy a hike in different ways than adults. We like taking our three out for walks in the woods, and have done so from infancy (some great baby pictures of Daddy carrying daughter in a sling!). One possibility is that shorter outings will improve her outlook. Having small expectations was the hardest transition ...


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Children will go through a variety of stages of development with regard to drawing, including a stage of scribbling1: Kellogg (1967), in her studies of the children's scribbles, has show that children universally proceed through the same series of stages in their early art development. The approximate life cycle of scribbling begins at age two, or even ...


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At three or four years old we had this same issue with our oldest daughter. She would get used to me carrying her during the hardest parts of the hike, or when she got tired. Our solution was that I would put her back on her feet when we came across trail markings, and she could only ask for me to pick her back up after two more trail markings have passed. ...


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You teach a toddler to draw pretty much the same way you teach any activity. Giving her the opportunity and tools to practice (making paper, crayons, chalk, etc. readily available) Model the activity (draw with her, particularly draw things that are close to her level; not as a "lesson", just doing it next to her so she sees you drawing also, and can learn ...


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I had the same problem with my four year old and was surprised that just letting her pick out a new colorful pair of running sneakers to "go super fast" was all it took to get her going much further without me carrying her. Maybe I just lucked out, buy you might try making a big deal out of a new shoe purchase. Another idea is grab another kid to go with ...


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Could it be that those "few hours walk in the woods" exceeded her range (both in physical endurance and attention span) pretty much from the get-go, so you ended up always carrying her towards the end of the hike? (I got kids age 12 and 8 who get bored of a "hike" in much less than "a few hours". They can run around the playground, and do visits to the ...


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One trick which worked marvels for me was, saying to him: if you are tired, you can run and wait for me under that tree over there, sit down and relax. My son was often too tired to walk, but not tired enough to run to a shade under a tree where he can sit and look at me as I was walking.


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Locking her in is one thing I would never try; this is very traumatizing, and will very likely reinforce any separation anxiety and attachment. I know this from experience (unfortunately), and will not try it again. Your daughter expects you to be there to comfort and reassure her when she is scared, and locking her in her room when she is expressing ...


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To me, the word "toddler" emphasizes a characteristic gait or style of movement, toddling. Toddlers are mobile, but their movement is a little awkward and inefficient. Adults don't trust toddlers to have an accurate sense of their own physical limits, and so toddlers require fairly close supervision to keep them from hurting themselves. I think a child ...


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Great question, we have the same problem. What we came up so far: Singing songs, playing games ("I spy with my little eye") etc. Simply telling her that she is too heavy to be carried. Promise a reward if she manages it without carrying.


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If I were teaching my 2 year old to draw, I would start with stick figures. This is a 4 year old's drawing of a person: The head will be the main thing, The rest, pretty unsophisticated. But then they will eventually start to have fingers and toes and more hair. To draw animals may be out of her league, but is she insists, draw a body like a circle, ...


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While most two-year-olds should not be waking because of hunger in the middle of the night, every person's metabolism is different. That said, do you have reason to suspect his is higher than most? Does he run around more than his peers, does he eat more, is he thinner, or is he growing faster? Otherwise he just may have gotten into the habit of getting ...


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No, toddlers should not (regularly) drink milk or formula during the night. The major reason for this is tooth decay. Toddlers have a fairly full set of teeth, and formula in particular has a lot of plain old sugar in it. Putting them to bed with a bottle, or even feeding them immediately before they sleep for 4-6 hours, is bad for their teeth, and can ...


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It is totally reasonable to expect him to do a full night. Our 2.5 girl has been doing full nights since she was 4 months or so, and here (Belgium, but France too for what I know) it is considered usual for a kid to sleep all night before he is 1. I know it's quite different in the USA for example, and anyway all kids don't follow the same pattern... but I ...


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Try an alternative to carrying her the rest of the way. Instead of having her be carried the rest of the way for the hike, start taking short (15 minutes or so) breaks to let her rest for awhile, before continuing on the trail. This will mean that it will take longer for you, and you may have to shorten the full length of the trip, but it will give her ...


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She won't produce anything photo-realistic, but if you break it down step by step, she should be able to produce something she is happier with. For instance for a mouse, start by having her draw a circle --tell her that is the body. Then draw a straight line at the back --that is the tail. Then two more circles --those are ears. Then two dots --those are ...


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My daughter is 1.6 years old now. From my experience I can say, you need not to worry. he laughs like its a joke Kids world is entirely different and we can't go and see whats happening in their world. Their, language, activities everything will be different. When he scratches others face people will make some sounds know, that make him happy. Just cut ...


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Can you use the crib with one side removed? Our crib had one side you can take off, and it really helped with the transition. They still get the familiar crib, while getting used to getting in and out of the bed on their own. (We started with this by 1 year of age, though). Some kids need parents in their room while they fall asleep. (Our youngest at 2 ...


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My daughter didn't have allergies, but she did have quite bad reflux, and also had oral motor issues that made eating difficult (we feed her now through a g-tube). She also required anti-seizure medicine orally, so keeping her food down was even more important than just weight gain. The tendency when a child is underweight is to overfeed, but this can ...


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My baby girl who is now almost 2.5 years old have been taking "swimming" lessons since she's 3 months old. We bring her to a private pool in the surroundings each Saturday and she gets a private lesson during 15 minutes, without us being in the pool. In the beginning, the goal is "survival": teach the baby to fall in the water from various heights in ...


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You are looking at the problem as an adult, look at this as a three year old. I walk -> I don't like it anymore -> I ask to get carried -> I like that... Simple. To break the cycle, communicate the way a three year old would. While you are walking have three year old type conversations, about colors and heaven. Don't walk, go from one place ...


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We had this problem with our daughter. Due to her febrile seizures, a few times during high fevers we had her sleep in our bed so we'd know if she had a seizure. Before we knew what happened, she would only sleep in our bed. It took persistence on our part to get her to sleep in her own bed again. She didn't want to. (And honestly, who could blame her? ...


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First off: welcome to having a two year old! This is something a lot of people go through at around this age, and certainly the crib going away at this point is a lot of the reason. Different approaches work for different children, and if you look around the sleep and bedtime tags, you'll see a lot of different solutions. The most important thing is to be ...


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Update Our daughter has quit battling us when we set her down. It is not longer the battle it used to be to set her on the toilet and high chair. Must have been just a phase or something.


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When I don't understand where I am going wrong when my kid's eating and I feel that even the doctors advice is not working then I am very quick in changing the doctor. I keep changing the doctors until I find a doctor who has solution for the child's problem. Try to change the doctor/s if necessary. It is not your doctor is a good/bad doctor but it seems to ...


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Check whether a vitamin supplement is (medically) appropriate for his age. It was the usual solution when I was a kid, but I'm not sure whether it is accepted practice in the USA. Something else is to lower the milk consumption (but not liquids overall).


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I wouldn't say that toddlers 'should' drink milk at night but I think it's pretty normal that they would want to. The natural age for weaning (ie stopping breastfeeding) for children is around 3-5 years old and since formula is generally used as a substitute for breastfeeding, I would expect that children may continue to want it until a similar age. Night ...


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That's really a big difference between US and Europe. Here in the US we are on solid food at 6 months and milk whenever you stop breast feeding (12 mo - 18 mo). The biggest problem you have is you need to brush his teeth again after that bottle. We stopped midnight feedings probably at 1 year. I think you just need to show some tough love if you don't ...



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