Avoid Holiday Stress with Your Infant, Toddler or Preschooler

    Invest in Kids' Festive Winter Guide Gives Parents Tips for a Less
    Stressful Season

    TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Taking your baby to visit her grandparents over
the holidays can be a wonderful experience, and seeing your toddler running
around laughing and playing with his cousins after a holiday meal is always
heartwarming. But changes in surroundings, long periods of travel, and
interruptions in diet and schedule can be hard on young children.
    The holidays are a wonderful time for families, but all the extra
shopping, entertaining, decorating and visiting can add up to a lot of stress.
It's important for everyone in the family to take some time to relax. Invest
in Kids' Comfort, Play & Teach: A Positive Approach to Parenting(TM) Festive
Winter Guide can be a fantastic resource to help parents make the holidays fun
and less stressful for every member of the family:

    Comfort Your Child

    -  Create quiet times with your preschooler where you can sip hot
       chocolate or cider together and chat about the different things that
       are happening. This gives him a chance to share ideas, ask questions
       and learn about traditions and celebrations that are important to his
    -  Play some of your favourite winter music and dance with your baby or
       toddler. You can hold your child close and enjoy moving together with
       the music.
    -  Make a tranquil holiday song into a relaxing lullaby for your baby.

    Play With Your Child

    -  Play in the snow with your preschooler. She will enjoy spending this
       special time with you as you make snow angels, build a snowman or put
       out pinecone feeders for squirrels and birds.
    -  Loosely wrap some of your infant or toddler's toys in tissue so that
       they can remove the paper and get new enjoyment out of their favourite
       toys. They will be strengthening their fine motor skills as they play
       this fun "peek-a-boo" game.
    -  Cut out snowflake shapes from stiff paper and encourage your infant or
       toddler to finger paint designs on them. This is a wonderful sensory

    Teach Your Child

    -  Be sure to talk to your baby or toddler about everything that you are
       doing. Describe the ingredients you are cooking with and what is
       happening as you shop. She may not understand every word, but your
       tone will communicate volumes.
    -  Include your preschooler in holiday cooking. He can be quite a capable
       helper in the kitchen as you share the job of cooking or baking.
    -  Make time together to talk about your holiday festivities. Sing
       favourite songs and look at photo albums of past holiday celebrations.
       Infants and toddlers may not understand all that you are telling them,
       but they will love to hear your voice and listen to stories about
       their family and special traditions.

    These helpful tips and many more can be found in the Festive Winter Guide
at http://www.investinkids.ca/winter. The site also has helpful information
and tips for year-round activities that can be built on everyday moments that
are already part of a parent's daily routine.
    Parents can easily use these activities every day to help their children
reach their full potential. When you comfort, play with and teach your child,
you learn to recognize and support the uniqueness of your child, motivate your
child to be all that he can be and establish the foundation of a lifelong warm
and respectful relationship with your child.

    Comfort, Play & Teach: A Positive Approach to Parenting(TM) is Invest in
Kids' research-based approach to positive parenting. This simple approach is
built on everyday moments that are already part of a parent's daily routine
and shows the relationship between a parent's behaviour and a child's
development. For example, when parents respond quickly and sensitively to
their baby's cries, their baby will feel loved and valued, an important
element of that baby's emotional development. With Comfort, Play & Teach(TM),
parents can help their children reach their full potential.

    Invest in Kids is a national charity dedicated to helping parents become
the parents they want and need to be. By translating the science of parenting
and child development into engaging, easy-to-understand, relevant resources
for parents and professionals, Invest in Kids aims to strengthen the parenting
knowledge, skills and confidence of all those who touch the lives of our
youngest children to ensure the healthy social, emotional and intellectual
development of children from birth to age five. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Krista Lamb, Manager, Media
Relations and Publicity, 1-877-583-5437 or (416) 977-1222, ext. 224,
klamb@investinkids.ca, www.investinkids.ca

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