Shannon Philpott-Sanders

Writing, Reflecting, Teaching, Parenting

Road Trip Travel Tips for Toddlers

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Road Trip Travel Tips for Toddlers
How to make a long drive enjoyable — yes, even with the kids

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Sitting still for hours on end is difficult for children of any age, but with an active toddler trapped in a car on a road trip, chaos can ensue. “Kids love to be entertained and there is nothing more difficult than a long car ride where your baby can’t get the attention he needs and you can’t focus on the road,” says Christine Gutierrez, a New York-based psychotherapist. Instead, plan for a fun-filled adventure, complete with snacks, games and quiet activities. Continue reading

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What Can Toddlers Do On Their Own?

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What Can Toddlers Do On Their Own?
Tips to help you figure out when to let go

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If your toddler is constantly uttering “me do” and “I want,” it’s likely that she is asserting her need for more power and freedom. “Although this may feel disconcerting and unbalancing for parents, remember [that] it is vitally important that your child learn to be independent, seeking a greater sense of power and control, as well as asking for and getting more freedom,” says Nancy Buck, developmental psychologist with Peaceful Parenting in Denver. Continue reading

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Activities for Boosting Speech Development in Toddlers

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Activities for Boosting Speech Development in Toddlers
How to encourage your little one to use their words

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As a parent, you’re capable of boosting your child’s speech development, and it can actually be fun for both of you. “Provide a lot of opportunities for the child to be exposed to language and experience a lot of vocabulary in a rich environment,” says Lori Heisler, assistant professor of communicative sciences and disorders at California State University, San Marcos. “Make it fun — children learn through play.” Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Activities for Toddlers

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Mother’s Day Activities for Toddlers
How to make the holiday fun for everyone in the family

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Mommy-and-me time with your toddler is special any day of the year, but when Mother’s Day comes around, spruce up those moments with activities to keep you both entertained. From dance parties to story time, make this day one to remember by spending one-on-one quality time with your biggest fan. Continue reading

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