New year's resolutions for baby

By Meggan Gray – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – It's that time of year to make your new year's resolutions. Why not make some for your little ones, as well?  The most formidable years for our children are between birth and age five. Here are some things you may want to consider to help your toddler grow up happy, healthy and ready to learn in the new year.

First, eat healthier.  This is something many of us say we want to do in the new year anyway, so make  sure to include baby in your plan and prepare meals packed with nutrients, not fat.

Read more.  Set time aside each day to read with your children.  No matter what reading level they're on, they'll enjoy spending time with you and benefit from the experience.

Plan more outings.  Life is about experiences, and your child can learn so much from spending an afternoon at a park or zoo.  Even a trip to the grocery store can be educational.

Make time for family.  It's never too early to start a "family night" tradition.  It's important to enjoy spending quality time together (grandparents can get involved, too!).

Positive feedback - It can go a long way! Limit raising your voice, and concentrate on celebrating even the smallest of achievements.

These simple steps can truly make a world of difference for you and your children.

May you and your family have the happiest of times in the new year.

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