Packing a Healthy Lunchbox

Providing your little one with a healthy and balanced diet during their formative years is a great way of contributing to your child’s lifelong health, and one of the best ways to do this is by packing delicious and healthy school lunches that offer nutritional value.

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Determining Whether Your Child is Ready for Preschool

There is no set age for when your child has to be in preschool; some parents send their little ones to preschool at as early as 2 years old while others wait until their children are 4 years old. The important thing to consider when deciding to send your little one to preschool is determining whether it is socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively ready for it. You can do this by discussing the issue with your spouse, family members, experienced friends, or your pediatrician. You can also use the below list to determine whether your little one has the right basics covered to help make the transition easier.  

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Developing Self-Care Skills & Independence

With each passing month your little one is learning new things and becoming more self-reliant, showing greater interest in doing things on its own. This is an important time in your child's life, as this developmental stage is one of the major formative phases that will help your preschooler grow into an independent and capable adult. Here are some of the things your child will most probably be attempting to do on its own:

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Preschooler Milestones: 2 to 5 years Old

Your little one is growing up, and with greater physical maturity will come new developmental milestones. Here are a few of the developments that you can expect to see as your child grows from an active 2-year-old into a more self-sufficient 5-year-old.  

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Developmental Milestones: Talking

Over the past 24 months your child has been steadily developing its comprehension, listening and verbal skills. As a result, by the time it  reaches its second birthday it will have developed an impressive vocabulary base that will continue to expand on a daily basis. With improved vocabulary and listening skills, your child will be picking up all sorts of words and sounds, imitating people around it, the television characters it's watching, and the children it plays with. You'll be astounded by how quickly your child will begin stringing together more complex sentences.


 

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Preschooler Toys for Each Stage: 2-5 Years

The older your child becomes the more elaborate toys they will need to keep them intrigued and push their development curve upwards. Use the following guide to determine the type of toys to expose your child to in order to give them the physical and mental stimulation they need at each stage of their preschooler years.

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Mental Developmental Milestones - Ages 2 to 5

Your preschooler will be growing in leaps and bounds before you know it, picking up new skills and abilities to become an increasingly capable and independent child. Like babies and toddlers, each preschooler tends to develop at their own pace, but there are general developmental milestones that you can expect to witness around each age. Learn which language, cognitive, physical and social skills you can expect your child to begin to master between the ages of 2 and 5. 


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