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Fighting Toddlers | Daphyl's Iconic Rock N' Roll Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Julia Miglets is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Diffusing the Tension of Fighting Toddlers

By | Parenting

From two to 22 (and sometimes even past that age), if they’re coexisting, your kids will find just about anything to fight about. Who gets to sit by Dad at dinner and who borrowed the other one’s toy are examples of things your toddlers will be willing to bite and scratch over.

As the parent, you have the responsibility to teach your kids that violence isn’t the answer to mindless tiffs, and that fighting over every little thing is not an acceptable way for them to get what they want.

Keep reading for some basic tips on how to get the fighting under control. Use these techniques just a few times and you’ll be able to squash a fight before it starts.

Separation

Your kids can’t fight if they’re in different rooms. If a fight breaks out (especially if it’s violent), do not hesitate to place your kids in different rooms. Not only will the separation method prevent further disagreements, but your children will probably even start to miss each other.

Consequences

If you don’t want your kid to do the same thing twice, reinforce the notion that bad behavior seeks consequences. For toddler-aged children, a ten-minute time out feels eternal, so by the time the punishment is up, they will have mentally moved on from the dispute entirely.

Stay Calm

If you get worked up, the fighting can’t possibly simmer down. When disciplining your kids, do not yell or use physical force. Do what you have to do as a parent (i.e. time-out/separation), and moved on with your day. Plus, if you can control your temper, your child (over time) will model that behavior and apply it to situations where they are faced with contention.

Be Firm

If your kid gets out of time-out before time is up, send them straight back. If they get violent with their sibling, look them firmly in the eyes and tell them “no.” They may cry or scream in response to your discipline, but the less you give in to it, the easier it will be to get them to comply.

Keep Them Busy

Kids are wired to become argumentative when there is nothing keeping them busy. If you set them loose in the playroom without any objectives, fighting is sure to ensue. Provide them with activities like coloring, stories, movies, dancing, etc. Activities aren’t a guaranteed way to avoid fighting, however, they will certainly help.

Editor’s Note: Julia Miglets is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Picky Eater | Daphyl's Iconic Rock N' Roll Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Lauren Saccone is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Who’s Hungry? 3 Tips For Getting Picky Eaters To Try New Foods

By | Health, Parenting

Who’s Hungry? Tips For Getting Picky Eaters To Try New Foods

You want the best for your child, and that includes giving them healthy and delicious meals that leave them feeling great. But what happens if you find yourself dealing with a particularly picky eater? Luckily, there are some fast and easy ways to help your little ones try new foods and have fun at the same time.

We’ve rounded up some of the best tips for getting picky eaters to try new foods. Read on, and get ready for your kid to get excited about exploring new culinary treats!

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Make It Fun

You can turn breakfast, lunch, or dinner into an exciting adventure your children will look forward to but making every meal a special event. And it’s easier than you think! Provide your child with fun tools to consume their food, like silly plates or crazy straws. Your little one will be willing to try a healthy smoothie in their Grateful Dead sippy cup, while rocking a stylish and fun matching bib. It helps to make the meal extra special and leaves your child excited to try whatever you’re serving up.

Have Them Help

What better way to get your kids interested in food than by having them help out in the kitchen? You can work together to pick out nutritious recipes that appeal to everyone — then it’s time to get cooking! Your child will love helping you prepare a meal, and be proud watching everyone dig into their culinary creations. Once you’ve demystified what goes into dinner, your little one will be much more inclined to taste it for themselves!

Turn It Off

Technology is great — but not at mealtimes. When your picky eater is sitting down to dinner, make sure the television is turned off, phones are away, and all screens are shut down until everyone is done eating. That will help your child to focus on food, and not get distracted by everything going on around them. And make sure your kid eats their meals in the same place as often as possible; this allows them to concentrate on eating and spending time with family members. It’s a great way to encourage them to eat their meals, and can lead to great memories for everyone involved.

Editor’s Note: Lauren Saccone is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Behaving in Public | Well Behaved| Daphyl's
Editor's Note: Harrison Howe is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

How to Keep Your Child Well-Behaved in Public

By | Parenting

Okay, we’ve all experienced it: the meltdown in the grocery store, the carrying-on at the family restaurant, the unacceptable behavior during church service.

No, you’re NOT a bad parent! Kids will be kids; they can often easily be bored, or distracted, or just unhappy about being in a certain place at a certain time. However, this doesn’t mean the behavior should be condoned. Screaming and crying and throwing a tantrum is simply NOT acceptable in most public settings.

So how do you assure that your child is well-behaved when out in public?

There’s no easy answer; what works for one child might not work for another, and in some cases you might have to try a few things, like rewards for good behavior, that can go a long way toward a well-mannered and agreeable child in the grocery store, restaurant, theater, or mall.

Here are some things you might try to help guarantee a more successful day out when you have young ones in tow.

How to Avoid a Day Out From Turning Into a Nightmare

Planning to run a few errands with your toddler? There are a few things you might do to help avoid meltdowns and tantrums and keep them well-behaved in public.

  • Make sure your child has eaten and gone potty before leaving the house. Some misbehaviors can be linked to being hungry or having to go to the bathroom
  • Bring a favorite toy or toys, books, or other items that can keep your child occupied while you’re out
  • Take a short trip if you sense your child is not up to a day out; for instance, if your child is already cranky before leaving home, it might not be in your–or her–best interest to hit the bank, grocery store, dry cleaner’s, gas station AND pharmacy in one trip

Also, rehearse good/bad behavior rewards and consequences on short trips. Go to the grocery store for only a few items and let your child experience the praise and/or the punishment for being an angel or making life difficult while you’re out. Once they know you mean business and that rewards await good behavior, they might be more apt to do the right thing when you’re running several errands.

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What To Do When the “Bad” Child Comes Out

Next time you’re out pushing your little one in his or her cool Daphyl’s stroller through the mall or grocery store and they’re screaming and crying because they’ve seen something they want that they can’t have, what do you do?

Reinforce the rules. Remind them that they promised to be well-behaved and follow those rules. If need be, head to a quiet corner at the back of the store or back out to the car until your child is calmed. Don’t raise your voice. Get down to your child’s level and speak gently.

Try to redirect their attention to something else. If you can get them to laugh, even better. It might feel like hours, but a tantrum can be over pretty quickly if handled the right way.

If all else fails, your day out just might have to be abandoned for a later date. This is where the consequences come in. No child enjoys being punished or reprimanded. A trip cut short might happen once or twice, but with consistency on your part when it comes to consequences, your child will quickly learn that unacceptable behavior in public will have an adverse effect on him or her.

Eventually, like everything else, you’ll master this, too. Because you rock, Mom (and Dad)!

Editor’s Note: Harrison Howe is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Baby on a Laptop | Educational TV Shows | Daphyl's Iconic Baby Gear
Editor's Note: Julia Miglets is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl's LLC. Daphyl's is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.

Best Educational TV Shows For Your Toddler

By | Parenting

Busy parents everywhere know this trick of the trade for keeping curious toddlers out of their hair: plop them down in front of the TV and go straight to a kids’ network.

Eventually, though, they’re back at your side, tugging on your pockets, stepping on your feet, generally inconveniencing you when you’re trying to do the chores you’ve been putting off for a week.

There are few activities your child can do unattended, so TV is always the best option. It’s what your child is watching on TV, though, that is—or isn’t—holding their attention.

To kill two birds with one stone—entertain your child and give them a head start on their education—check out the following shows.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

An adorable reimagination of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood teaches life lessons by familiarizing viewers with memorable jingles. This show educates children on behavioral cues, like how to help when their new brother or sister comes home from the hospital, or how to treat other children they meet at school.

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Tumble Leaf

It’s never too soon to learn about science—even if it’s the most basic of principles. Tumble Leaf is a show about a fox who encounters various problems that he must solve using science. Your child will be introduced to concepts like motion, flight, energy, temperatures, and matter. These parts of science can get difficult later on, so begin the fundamentals with good TV shows now!

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Dinosaur Train

Ross Geller-approved, Dinosaur Train is an interesting show about dinosaurs that any kid will love—dinosaur enthusiast or not. Each episode introduces viewers to a different breed of dinosaur, and kids will learn about diets, behavior, habitats, etc. Even if you don’t find dinosaurs to be a particularly valuable educational concept, this show will keep your kids engaged!

So, no matter how much time you let your kids watch, make sure they are watching educational TV shows!

Editor’s Note: Julia Miglets is a freelance content provider & writer for Daphyl’s LLC. Daphyl’s is a USA based multi-national world leader in safe, innovative, Licensed Rock N Roll, branded baby gear. The opinions, advice and assertions made in this article are for entertainment and information purposes only & are solely those of the author.