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Things to Remember
  • When you are in the car, all young children should ride in the back seat. Use safety seats for infants and toddlers, and seat belts for children over 4 years old.

  • Give your children the chance to try new activities while keeping an eye out for situations that seem dangerous to you.

  • Try to give your children enough time to follow through with their ideas. For example, let them think about how their fort will look, gather the materials, build it and then play in it once it's built!

  • Help your children learn how to relax by spending time listening to quiet music or dancing to different kinds of music. Playing in water, sand or mud is also a great way to help children relax.

  • Give your children the chance to use all of their senses. For example, let them handle flour or cookie dough when you are baking, encourage them to smell the lemon juice or vinegar when you are cooking, play different kinds of music and talk about what kinds of instruments they hear.

  • Children need to be hugged, held or rocked every day, many times a day! These signs of affection give them needed comfort and reassurance.

    Things to Avoid

  • Avoid sending your child to school or to play with other children when they are sick. Make other arrangements for child care when your child is sick and you have to go to work.

  • Don't store cleaning materials where children can get to them. Keep all dangerous materials on high shelves or in childproof cabinets.

  • Avoid situations when your child has to sit still for long periods of time.

  • Try to avoid providing activities for your child that are too difficult and frustrating. For example, a puzzle with many small pieces is too hard for a 2 year old. If your child is having a hard time cutting with scissors, help her by holding the paper while teaching her the best way to hold the scissors.
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