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You are excited as your child learns to walk and talk. Your toddler is busy exploring. You may wonder what you can say to your active toddler besides, “No, no, no!”

What parents do and say develops a child’s self-image. Your loving positive words give a “You can do it” message. Every day you teach skills that will last a lifetime.

Use our Live, Love, Grow and Learn booklets and Ready in Stages checklists as a guide to help your toddler grow and develop.

Our tip sheets for parents of toddlers answer parenting questions. You can also call - 217-544-5808 or 1-888-727-5889.

Learn how Parent Help Line might help you.

Nutrition
Growth and development
Early learning
Behavior
Dads
Safety
Health
Grandparents
Family life
Charts and checklists
Other resources

Nutrition
Children learn to eat healthy if you and others provide healthy food.
Caffeine - Not a Good Choice for Kids
Children Are What They Eat
Help for Picky Eaters
Help Prevent Type II Diabetes
 
Growth and development
Toddlers can be a handful. They look to you for what they should and should not do.
Confront Adversity with a Positive Attitude
Kids with Positive Social Skills Make Good Friends
Prepare Your Child for School
Teach Your Toddler to Get Along with Others
Train Your Toddler to Use the Potty
What Makes a Family Strong
What we Can Learn from Caveman Parenting
 
Early Learning
Let your daily loving words and actions teach.
Help Your Preschooler Learn to Read
Prepare Your Child for School
Reading – Have Fun While Learning
Resiliency - Teach and Model Resiliency Skills
Teach Skills to Be Resilient
 
Behavior
If you do not teach your child positive behaviors, she may learn negative behaviors from others.
Are You’re a Permissive Parent?
Discussing Current Events with Young Children
Prevent Aggressive Behaviors in Toddlers
Hands are Not for Hitting Activity Sheet
Spanking - Not a Good Idea
Take Control of Biting Behavior
Toddlers Must Learn Self-Control
 
Dads
When dads are positively involved, a child has better behavior, a higher self-esteem and greater chance for success in school and life. Find a parenting style that works best for you, your child and your family.
Mom or Dad Alone-Time is OK
Summertime Fun with Dad
Talk so Your Child Will Listen
Winter Time Holiday Fun
 
Safety
Keep your toddler safe at home and away from home. Keep a watchful eye and teach your toddler safe practices.
Be Aware of Poisons in Your Home
Bike Helmet Safety Coloring Sheet
Crying Linked to Injury of Children
Keep Kids Safe from Medical Marijuana
Keep Your Toddler's Eyes Safe From Injury
Kids Are Not Safe Alone in Cars
Prevent Medication Errors
Stay Safe During Tornado Season
Winter-Time Car Seat Safety
 
Health
Make and keep regular visits to your child’s doctor.
Create Your Family Plan for Health and Well-Being
Know Your Sunscreen Ingredients
Moms Need More Sleep
RSV
Tips for Flu Season
 
Grandparents
Enjoy your grandparent role. Be a cheerleader as your grandchild delights in speaking new words and showing new skills.
Grandparents Have a Special Job
GrandparentTime Booklet – Tips to support the new family.
 
Family life with a toddler
Learn what it takes to make your unique family strong and successful.  
A Healthy Lifestyle Increases Resiliency
Focus on the Positive
Mom or Dad Alone-Time is OK
Parents, Be Kind to Each Other
Positive Parent-Child Time
Reduce Household Waste
Resilience: A Needed Family Trait
Traveling with a Toddler
Working Parents Must Share Household Chores
 
Charts and checklists
My Plate USDA Food Recommendations 
Babysitter Checklist
Immunizations Birth to Age 6 
Health History and Information
Look What Your Baby Can Do Checklist
The Road to Resiliency Chart 
 
Other resources
American Academy of Pediatrics
Building Blocks for Healthy Development
Dad Info
For Kids
Women, Infants and Children - WIC
 

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