Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween Safety

Well, it's that time of year again.  All the little ones get dressed up and go door to door for treats.  Here are some tips to help your little one have a safe and happy Halloween.

  • Make sure their costume is big enough to wear over their clothes as it's usually cold on Halloween night.  Bright colours are good as it helps them be seen by people on the road.  Also, be sure their costume isn't too long to prevent them from tripping. 

  • Any Halloween accessories should be soft and flexible.

  • It's better for children to wear make-up instead of a mask as it improves their vision and allows for better ventilation  However, if your little one is going to wear a mask, make sure the holes for the eyes and nose are big enough. 

  • Little ones should wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Parents should stay close to them to make sure they walk, not run, and stay on the sidewalk.

  • Children should avoid eating any treats until they have been checked by an adult.

Monday, October 22, 2012

"50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading"

Taking Your Child to the Dentist

When should a parent start taking their child to the dentist?  I took my four year old to the dentist for the first time when she was two years old and she was scared.  They tried to check her teeth and do a cleaning but she wouldn't open her mouth.  The dentist said to bring her back when she turned three, so we did and what a difference!  My husband took her and he said she was really co-operative.  The dentist was able to clean her teeth and she was fine.  

I have to make a dentist appointment for my three year old.  This will be her first time at the dentist so I don't know what to expect.  I decided the best thing to do is to take her when my four year old goes for a cleaning so she feels comfortable in that environment. 

In my opinion, it's a good idea to take your child to the dentist at an early age so they get used to going.  Also, the dentist can check to see if their permanent teeth are growing in properly and keep them healthy to prevent dental problems later.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Tour Schedule-Frizzy Tizzy Goes to the Park

November 12th : Starter Day Party
@ I Heart Reading
November 14th: Book Excerpt
@ C.S. Dorsey’s Blog
November 16th: Book Review
@ Andi’s Kids Books
November 18th: Author Interview and Giveaway
@ I’m a Reader, Not A Writer
November 20th: Book Review
@ I Heart Reading
November 22th: Book Review
@ Bookaholic Ramblings
November 24th: Book Excerpt
@ Andi’s Kids Books
November 26th: Book Review
@ Forever Book Lover
November 27th: Book Excerpt
@ Hollow Readers
November 28th: Author Interview
@ Majanka’s Blog
November 30th: Book Review
@ I’m an Eclectic Reader
November 31st: Author Interview
@ Cassidy Crimson’s Blog
December 2nd: Book Review and Excerpt
@ K. Swederski
December 4th: Book Review and Giveaway
@ Fighting Monkey Press
December 6th: Book Review, Excerpt and Interview
@ Debbie’s Blog
December 8th: Author Interview
@ Andi’s Kids Books
December 10th: Book Excerpt
@ The Book Daily
December 12th: Book Review
@ The Single Librarian

Nose Picking

It's common for young children to pick their nose.   When my four year old was younger she always picked her nose.  Thankfully, she does not really pick her nose anymore.  However, my three year old picks her nose and sometimes I catch her putting her finger in her mouth (Ew!)  When I catch her picking her nose I stop it immediately and encourage her to wash her hands and use a tissue.

Why do children pick their nose?  They could be bored or just curious.  They might see other children doing it and decide they want to do it too.  Maybe they have a stuffy nose from allergies or a cold and feel something in there and they are just trying to get it out the best way they know how. 

When a child picks their nose punishing or nagging them is useless. Explain the spread of germs and advise them to wash their hands and use a tissue.  Most likely they will grow out of that habit on their own.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


My four year old experiences nightmares.  She has woken up many times crying and coming into our room in the middle of the night complaining she had a nightmare.  There has been times when I have woken up to find her in our bed.  

Many things can cause a child to have a nightmare, such as watching something scary on television,  even though it might not be scary to other people.  We don't watch anything scary around our children.  We have to be careful which animated movies we watch with our four year old because she will have a nightmare. 

When your child has a nightmare the best thing to do is reassure them so they feel safe and secure.  When my four year old cries in the middle of the night I always go into her room and give her hugs and kisses and tell her everything is okay.  

Monday, October 1, 2012


Some parents take away their child's naptime because they have a hard time putting them to bed at night.  I remember when I worked as an Early Childhood Educator I had a couple of parents requesting that I keep their child up during naptime because they had trouble with them a night.  The other option is to allow them to nap in the afternoon and adjust their bed time. 

 My oldest daughter is almost five years old so she does not nap anymore.  She might fall asleep once in a while but very rarely.  When she grew out of her nap she had quiet time.  I used to put her in her room for an hour with some toys or books.  Now I usually put a show or movie on for her to watch while my three year old naps.  During that time I can relax a little bit and try to get some things done while my four month old is asleep.

My three year old definitely needs her afternoon nap.  If she does not have a nap she gets very cranky and cries for everything.  She fights me on having a nap, but she always falls asleep and wakes up in a better mood.  She had the biggest melt down Friday night! OMG!  I had to stay home with her and the baby while my husband took our oldest daughter to gymnastics.  She kicked the door, screamed, cried and dumped her toys and this went on for most of the time my husband and daughter were gone.  It was clear that she was over tired.  Eventually she calmed down and fell asleep for the rest of the night.  Children who take a nap during the day will be less fussy and will sleep better at night.