Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Resolutions

It is always a challenge for me to decide how to end a year's worth of ideas and information in Bringing Up Baby. I have been thinking ahead to 2011, but I still have this one more column for the year to complete. I thought I would give you a list of some great New Year's Resolutions. They come from deep in my heart.

· Please protect children from the effects of secondhand smoke. If you are a smoker, never smoke in your car or in your house. Try your best to quit smoking so you can be a better role model for your children. When you visit friends and relatives, respectfully ask these people to refrain from smoking while your children are present.

· Please practice changing your own behaviors that you've identified as behaviors you would prefer your children to not imitate. These are things like swearing, yelling, spanking. complaining, speeding and making messes that others have to clean up. Practice behaviors that you want to see in your child when they become adults. You won't get immediate feedback, but your future grandchildren will benefit more than you know.

· Please help your children to be kind to others by modeling that behavior yourself.

· Please talk, talk, talk to your babies and young children. When you can't think of anything to talk about, sing simple children's songs. Grow your baby's brain by banking lots and lots of language.

· Please read, read, and read some more. Read the same book your child loves a billion times! Make it a weekly routine to go to our wonderful library and check out books for your child. Read for yourself too--newspapers, books, and magazines. Show your child that you love to read and if you don't love it yet, keep practicing!

· Please play with your child and let him or her direct the play. Did your child receive a train, blocks, or cooking set? Let your child show you how to play with these toys.

May you and your family have a rewarding new year.


A winter day is very, very cold.

A winter day is very, very cold.

It may just snow, you never, never know.

A winter day is very, very cold.


This song uses the melody, If You’re Happy and You Know It.

Make the w sign for winter with each hand and shiver. Pantomime snowing. Shake head ’no’ and use facial expression for ‘you never know’

Toad House Publishing

Twinkletime Rhymes to Print

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