Too Much TV For Your Toddler

Written by Cassandra Germsheid

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There are plenty of ways to reducerepparttar amount of TV your kids watch. There are also lots of things to do instead of being a couch potato.

One reason your child might be watching more TV is because they likerepparttar 143216 music. Instead of turning onrepparttar 143217 TV for them, put on a CD.

Don't eat in front ofrepparttar 143218 TV. Make mealtime a time for family to sit together and talk.

Try offering rewards to your toddler for not watching TV.

Distract your toddler with other things, like toys or puzzles. Don't leaverepparttar 143219 TV running inrepparttar 143220 background.

Go outside and let your child explore. Going for walks will introduce your toddler to new things, but letting them walk instead of staying inrepparttar 143221 stroller will also help increase their physical activity.

Reading books is a very important part of your toddler's life. It encourages and enhances their imagination. It's also fundamental for their language development.

Make sure you discuss your "TV rules" with family members and any other caregivers.

Here's another reason to turn offrepparttar 143222 TV. Not only will you have a more active toddler, you might improve your own relationship with your partner by interacting and communicating more. This is beneficial for both you andrepparttar 143223 kids by showing a good example.

You don't have to take your kid back torepparttar 143224 stone ages, but keeping their day filled with a variety of activities is important for their growth and development. They will thank you when they're older.

Cassandra Germsheid is the owner of Baby Tips Online ( She is a stay at home mother but sometimes works part time for her local newspaper.

Your Home and Your Golden Years

Written by Lois A. Vitt

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* And how long will you be able to drive in order to take care of your personal needs and enjoyrepparttar company of others?

* Can you plan for alternatives to personal driving?

* Are their resources available to provide assistance with daily living when you are atrepparttar 143215 point of needing help?

If you are willing to consider these contingencies and plan for aid inrepparttar 143216 future, will your budget accommodate those changes to your lifestyle?

As you seek answers to these difficult questions in order to make a long-term housing decision, keep in mind that we rarely make such decisions onrepparttar 143217 basis of hard financial facts and physical realities.

You have a housing history which includesrepparttar 143218 values, wants and needs associated with every place you've ever called “home.” It is possible that you are unwittingly clinging to psychological needs and wants from your childhood, perhaps related to early housing dreams unfulfilled.

Your housing decisions are about everything in your life, present and past. The more you can learn about your personal housing psychology, that place where human interaction -repparttar 143219 role of “place” in our lives - and finance all come together,repparttar 143220 more likely you are to makerepparttar 143221 right decision about remaining in your home through your final years.

Lois A. Vitt is a housing expert and financial sociologist, and is the author of "10 Secrets to Successful Home Buying and Selling: Using Your Housing Psychology to Make Smarter Decisions", the first book in the real estate market to demystify the psychological forces behind our housing decisions. To learn more about Lois and this book, visit

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