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Children, dogs and puppies: some advice to help ensure that everyone is kept happy

It’s wonderful to see children and dogs grow up together and the benefits for both can be huge. Children and puppies can share a special bond that grows stronger as they grow up together.

However it can be challenging at times trying to manage a dog or a puppy and very young children, so we have some advice to help ensure that everyone is kept happy!

What should you do if your kids just won’t drink enough water?

Although it seems an obvious thing to say, water intake is very important, above all for children, because it keeps them healthy, helps digestion and eliminate toxins, and helps organs to function properly.

Don’t open that room! Keeping your kid’s bedroom tidy.

“What a mess!” If that is what you say every time you walk into your kid’s bedroom, then carry on reading!

Don’t worry, it’s not just you. Every day parents brave the challenge (more or less without fussing) of toys scattered all over the carpet, crumpled clothes thrown here and there, pacifiers hidden under the bed and building blocks waiting for them to step on (barefoot!).

Gardening with kids!

Whether you have a small balcony or a large garden, growing flowers and plants is a relaxing and enjoyable hobby for young and old alike.

Gardening is a great activity to enjoy with your children, because it can be a wonderfully educational too. The garden can be a great place to introduce them to the wonders of the natural world in a way that's fun for the whole family. Have you ever tried to get your children to grow and tend to plants and flowers? Today we want to tell you why you should start getting them to do this right away.

What to do when your child bites.

Biting is a normal part of development for babies and toddlers. They use their mouths to explore the world. Up to the age of 2 children tend to put everything into their mouths, from their hands to their toys. Children generally grow out of this type of biting by the age of 2, but if your toddler continues to bite, you need to understand why.

Teaching our kids to be kind!

Teaching manners to our children is a task that we parents deal with every single day. Today we want to talk about a topic that is dear to us all, kindness, not merely good manners, but using empathy and intelligence in our dealings with others. How can we teach our kids to be kind?

Coping with Spring fatigue

We have all experienced lethargy and sleepiness, above all in Spring. The same applies to children, who may be a little crotchety and even down in the dumps in Spring.

This is what is known as “Spring fatigue” that produces different symptoms. Let's take a look at the symptoms, understand the causes and defeat them.

SOS restaurant: is it really impossible to out for a meal with a young child?

Dear parents, let's admit it. From the day your child was born, even the simplest things seem impossible. Take for example going out to a restaurant for lunch or dinner: if you have young children, it can be a harrowing experience.

Spring is just around the corner ... with all its seasonal allergies.

Spring brings longer days, sunshine and warmer weather, making us want to be outdoors after spending so much time indoors during the winter months. But Spring also brings the very annoying problem of seasonal allergies of which so many people suffer, including children.

Taking a bike ride with your children: small gestures to make it a great experience!

Now that it is warmer, being outdoors with the family is such a pleasure, above all for families with young children. Taking a bike ride with your children is a lovely way to see the countryside and enjoy the outdoors.

Has the time come for my child to wear shoes?

Those who have been following us for some time know that a child’s first steps are a fundamental stage in his life. That is why it is important to know when the time has come for your child to wear his first shoes and how to prepare him for this novelty.

Let’s go shopping!

One thing that parents know is that going shopping with our kids can be exhausting! But sometimes we just can’t avoid it. The thought of kids running through the store, packages falling off the shelves, tantrums and screams...is truly daunting …. mission impossible!

What can we do to survive our shopping experience with our kids? Here is what we suggest.

Snack Time! Choose healthy nutritious snacks.

Snack time is probably the best time of the day for your kids! A snack is a small amount of food that is eaten between meals, but it just as important as any other meal and should be chosen carefully!

Snacks help to ensure a correct allocation of calories and nutrients throughout the day, making us feel less hungry, and helping keep your child’s weight well balanced.

Claudia and her first Carnival party as a ... superhero!

Dear Falcotto,

I'm Marta, mother of sweet three-year old Claudia.

For the first time this year I took her to a a fancy-dress party and I really must tell you what happened!

Leaving off your toddler’s nappy

Some time ago we talked about how to start potty training during the day. Today, we want talk about night-time potty training, which is very different to daytime potty training.

The importance of fairy tales at bedtime

In an era dominated by technology, animated movies, tablets and much more, reading bedtime stories to your kids is very important, and it is a moment that parents, grandparents and even teachers should share with children.

Listening to a fairy tale satisfies the child's natural desire to hear stories about things that happen, which generally develops at about the age of 2 and then further evolves when he or she is 6, when the child starts to read. Listening to a story develops what is known as narrative thought, namely the cognitive skills through which people structure their existence and give it meaning.

The first time you child sleeps in his very own bedroom

The time has come at last! Your child is finally going to sleep in his very own room. What can we do to make the transition to his own room happy and trauma-free?

The first thing to remember is that there is no rule for when a child should start sleeping on his own; this is up to his parents, since no one better than they know what their children need and what is best for them.

"Fireworks are scary Mom!"

Dear Falcotto,

My name is Rossella and I want to tell what happened a couple of days ago while I was at a mountain resort with my little Andrea.

My lively playful little son has just turned 2, and he is always on the go! This winter we took him on a mountain holiday for the first time and right away he wanted to learn how to ski. But what I want to tell you is not about his sports skills, but about what happened on New Year’s Eve.

How Sofia met the “Real” Santa Claus

Dear Falcotto,

I am Agnes, Mother of Sofia who is two and a half years old. You must know that my adorable little monkey is obsessed with Christmas. Last year she discovered Christmas for the first time, and since then she has done nothing but talk about Christmas lights, Christmas trees, Christmas gifts and above all Santa Claus!

Let’s decorate the house together for Christmas, with kid-friendly decorations!

Brightly coloured Christmas lights, a crackling fire in the fireplace and the smell of cookies. Christmas, the most magical time of the year is just around the corner!

A holiday that is truly unique and special, above all for children! And like every other year, the time has come to put up your Christmas decorations. Every family has its own secrets and ways to turn their home into sparkling village, but what should we bear in mind if we have a small child in our home?

Giulio and his fear…of strangers!

Dear Falcotto,

My name is Roberta, mother of Giulio, a sweet little boy who is almost one.

Giulio has always a very sociable happy little boy, with friends and relatives alike Whenever I took him out for a walk in his stroller and we met friends, he always smiled and seemed to be relax and happy. Some time ago however, I notice a change in him.

Playing with autumn leaves

Whoever said autumn was a gloomy season? Trees are covered in leaves in a multitude of colours: from red to yellow, green to brown; a natural rainbow that that is a joy to behold for both young and old.

How do Children’s Memory Skills Develop?

We have always been told that children start to remember things at about the age of 3 or 4. As a matter of fact, according to many researchers some babies are able to remember things that happened at about the age of 2, above all if they were things that they talk about with their parents right away.

Margherita and her bad dreams

Dear Falcotto,

I am Anna, mother of Margherita, a very lively little girl who is almost 3. I am writing to tell about the bad dreams my daughter had several times this summer.

Baby’s first haircut

The time has come.. for baby’s first haircut! Children lose their baby hair after 12 months; only then will you know if your baby’s hair is going to be dark or blonde, straight or curly. That is why most babies have their first real trim at about 12 months.

How to help baby learn to talk

Mothers are often concerned about whether or not their baby’s speech is developing normally. The problem is that some babies just don’t want to start talking!

At more or less 21 months of age, babies say several simple words and their vocabulary expands rapidly. By the age of 2 your baby will know more or less 300 words and string together a few words in short phrases of two to four words.

Luca talks in his sleep!

Dear Falcotto,

I'm the mother of Luca, a very lively mischievous 2 year old.

Like most children of his age, now that it’s summer Luca loves to run and play, and never stops a moment.

Learning how to brush our teeth

As soon as your baby’s first tooth comes in, get him used to the idea of tooth brushing, which must be done very thoroughly.

Although milk teeth fall out to make room for permanent teeth, you should not think that they don’t need brushing, and remember that proper dental hygiene right from the start ensures the correct development of dental arches.

Your child’s first birthday parties!

There is nothing more exciting for a child than going to a birthday party, or better still having his very own birthday party. Your child’s first birthday parties are truly special magical moments for parents and children alike.

Getting ready for the first day at nursery school

September is a month of big changes for parents of 3 year olds: because September is the month when they start nursery school!

This is a very important stage in a child's life because not only is it yet another step towards autonomy and socialization, but also the very first time a child is truly separated from his or her family. What can we do to make things as easy as possible for both children and parents?

Risks at the Beach: survival hints

I know, summer is here at last, and you just can’t wait to go to the beach with your kids. Soft sea sand to walk on, iodine-rich sea air and sunshine ... there are so many reasons why the seaside is so good for our children.

When Paolo went missing at the campsite

Dear Falcotto,

My name is Franca, mother of Paolo. I am writing to you to tell you about an unpleasant, but amusing, escapade that Paolo got into a couple of weeks ago.

“Mom, I’m scared of the sea!”

Dear Falcotto,

My name is Roberta and I'm writing to tell you about something that happened while I was at the beach with my little son Alberto, who is just two years old.

Last weekend, taking advantage of the fact that it was a beautiful day and my husband was not working, we decided to take a quick run to the sea with Alberto for a breath of fresh air.

SOS hot weather: What you need to know about heat exhaustion and heat strokes

Summer is all about beach games and outdoor fun, but your should not allow your children to spend too much time in the sun, in order to avoid problems caused by heat.

Heat stroke may occur from prolonged exposure to high temperatures -- usually in combination with high levels of humidity and dehydration -- which leads to failure of the body's temperature control system. Children are particularly susceptible to heat stroke because their bodies have not yet developed a temperature control system, namely the physical ability to control body temperature.

The benefits of a mountain holiday for your children

Yay! The holidays are here! If the beaches are too crowded and hot for you, why not opt for a mountain holiday?

Many families, even those with very small children, choose a mountain holiday to escape the chaos of seaside resorts and find some respite from the summer heat.

Ways to enjoy the sun safely and protect your child's skin from sunburn

Summer is finally here: and the time has come to go to the beach.

The sun is very good for children, because it keeps bone healthy and boosts the immune system. Moreover, sea air is a natural nebuliser that nature has given us; and salty sea air by the coast does wonders for the respiratory system.

But while your children are building sand castles and swimming with Mummy or Daddy, don't forget to protect your child's skin from one of the most common dangers of the summer: sunburn!

Eleonora stampedes ... the stage!

Dear Falcotto,

I am Claudia, the mother of two beautiful girls: Sara, aged 7 and Eleonora, who is almost 3.

I am writing to tell you about an embarrassing but funny thing that happened to me last week at my older daughter's first dance recital.

Baby's first favourite toy

In order to grow up and relate to others, your child needs a toy to interact with. These objects take on a mental value that helps your child in the transition from a condition of total dependence on his Mother, to a more autonomous phase, where the mother figure is symbolised. In this phase, your child will also realise that Mom is not always there to meet his every need. He will discover that he is a separate and different person from his mother and will start to understand the difference between his inner world and the reality that surrounds him, which is not always exactly what he wants.

Baby's first food meal

The first step towards being independent. The relationship with food is not just about eating to grow and live, but is the result of a many factors involving the emotional and relational sphere.

The Giovanna's story

I have so many points on by library Fidelity Card that I won't have to pay for anything for the next two years! Now that I was going to be a Mom, for the first time in my life I wanted to know everything there was to know about being the best Mom in the world for my first child: there would be no surprise for me, I would have all the answers, because I had asked all the questions!

How to choose your child's first shoes

It seems just yesterday that you were holding your baby protectively in your arms. Then after learning how to sit up and crawl all alone, your child is now standing up, ready to explore the world and prove what he or she can do. Your child is growing up and is ready to face those first challenges: learning to walk is an important milestone that you must help your child to achieve in the best possible way.

Throwing a tantrum when dressing for a Ceremony, “Mummy, I don't like it!!”

Dear Falcotto,

I have a 2-year old daughter called Amanda who has a sunny playful nature but who also knows exactly what she wants.

Escape from the city: a day on the farm

Summer is here: sunshine and flowers tempt us outdoors. A cure-all above all for children, who love to play and enjoy themselves outdoors.

Looking bad at the supermarket

Dear Falcotto,

My name is Angela and I would like to tell you about what happened to me at the supermarket with my daughter Carlotta who is two and a half years old.

The Easter bunny treasure hunt

Do you really know the story about the Easter Bunny and the coloured eggs? It's a story that children love about families of the past.

Here it is:

A Picnic with Luccy the Lizard

Dear Falcotto,

I am Deborah, mother of Alessio who will soon be 3.

Last weekend was a beautiful and sunny so we decided to go out on a family picnic. Alessio was delighted at the idea of picnicking on a colourful blanket at the park in the middle of a beautiful green lawn. He was so excited and eager to leave that he was up at seven, shouting for Mommy and Daddy to wake up in his sweet little voice.

Playing with flowers and plants

The scent of spring is in the air, days are growing longer and warmer.

The strong bond between children and nature of enormous educational potential. That is why, with just a little imagination, your garden can become a source of ideas for games and educational activities with your kids.

How playing changes from 0 to 3 years

Playing is a fundamental experience throughout childhood: as children play not only do they have fun, but they also express their emotions and learn, they put themselves to the test, make discoveries, create, learn rules and how to socialise.

Helping your kids to sleep better

For children, just like adults, sleep is a normal and natural physiological need that must be met. Some children are sleepyheads while others need to sleep less: in both cases however parents should ensure that their child sleeps well in order to avoid distress to both parents and children.

Let's plan a carnival party!

What better time than carnival to plan a party: the Carnival is a traditional festival in our culture and an opportunity for both young and old to dress up as someone else for a while, making room for creativity and imagination.

Potty training

Most parents think about potty training after about 18 months or as their child reaches the age of 2: Toddlers can pick up the idea very quickly if they're at the right stage, when they have the ability to notice when they need to pee and wait to get to the right place.

A day at the fire station

Dear Falcotto,

my name is Valentina and I am the Mom of two 3-year old twin boys.

It wasn't easy for me to learn to play with them, since I was forced to change my point of view, from a feminine to a masculine one in order to understand how to satisfy their tastes: the good news is that children, if they are taught to do so, develop a strong sense of justice and aspire to be good guys fighting the bad guys.

"Mommy, why doesn't that lady have any teeth?"

Dear Falcotto,

As we all know children are always ready to say the most inappropriate things: they see the world spontaneously and innocently and therefore say exactly what they think.

This means that sometimes they say the most inappropriate things that mortify us, because not everyone understands that they are simply children, and that knowing what you can say and what you shouldn't say is a skill that you learn growing up.

Down with boredom: you can also have fun at home!

As we all know, winter is very often a gloomy, rainy and cold month. Children can very rarely play outdoors, so often mothers will hear their children saying: "Mommy, I'm bored !!!"

Rather than just putting them in front of the TV to watch cartoons, you need to use your imagination to turn your living room or bedroom into a playground. If you don't have enough imagination or you think you've already tried everything there is to try, don’t despair! Today we here with simple creative suggestions on how to turn your home into a magical kingdom. And you too will discover that winter is not as boring as you thought!

The first sleepover with granny and grandpa

A child passes through different stages to become autonomous, gradually building up his identity and learning to understand what kind of person he or she wants to become.

From a psychological point of view, children are always attracted and intrigued by new experiences, wanting to prove how "strong" they can be. At the same time these changes may scare your child because they force him to let go, at least temporarily, of the things and habits that make him feel secure.

Let’s get our hands sticky with dough making biscuits for the holidays!

Eggs, sugar, flour and a little imagination! We've made the Christmas tree, the letter to Santa Claus has been written, checked and sent, so there is just last thing left to do to enjoy the happy and joyful atmosphere of the holidays. What you are wondering? Christmas cookies of course! Making them with our children becomes a super fun-filled game which can also be educational. Are you ready? You will need a rolling pin, an apron and chef's hat, press play on your favourite Christmas CD and get ready to enter a sweet and colourful world!

Taking a long trip with your children: what to do for a problem free journey.

December is the month of Christmas, meals with the family and travelling. Many families are starting to pack their bags for a short but well deserved holiday together. Besides ski jackets, pants, jumpers and scarves, very often there is another item you need to add to your "holiday list": how to cope with small children on a long car trip? That is what we will be talking about today, giving you suggestions on how to better enjoy this experience.

Dear Falcotto...Diletta's mom

Dear Falcotto,

My name is Barbara, mother of five-year old Diletta. My daughter has a strong temperament and is very sure of herself, but sometimes she gets a little too big for her boots and thinks she can do things she is not ready for.

A trip to christmas markets made to measure for children

Are you starting to sniff cinnamon in the air and feel a shiver of ... magic? It’s Christmas you’re feeling with its lights, glittering decorations, gifts and above all Christmas markets. Visiting our Christmas markets is a magical experience for children and parents alike, because strolling around colourful stalls, candied fruit and toys makes us feel like children again.

Dear Falcotto...Giulio's mom

Dear Falcotto,

I am writing to tell you about myself and an episode in my life that made me realise how very important our children are.

Who's afraid of the dark?

As many Moms and dads know, lots of children are afraid of the dark and sometimes it makes bedtime complicated. Let's find out where this fear comes from and how to deal with it in a constructive manner.

Riding a bicycle for the first time

One of the first things that Moms want to experience with their children is a bike ride: riding high off the ground at speed, gives children a feeling of exhilaration that excites them making them want more. That is when your child will start asking you for his first bicycle.

A fitness programme for mummy and baby.

It's something that all mom's long for: to get back into shape. During our pregnancy we saw that bump grow and our bodies change, and after the birth of our child our routine changed drastically, making us neglect ourselves a little.

How to protect your children when temperatures drop

As fine sunny days are alternated by sudden showers we get ready to face the cold winter months ahead. We must be very careful with babies and children when there are frequent temperature fluctuations, to prevent colds and flu.

That first look

Some Mothers remember it perfectly, others can't remember it at all, but according to the experts, the first time a mother and child look at each other is a moment of fundamental importance for both.

Drawing with fruit and vegetables

“If I listen I forget, if I see I remember, if I do things I understand,” said Bruno Munari reiterating the importance of experimentation and experience for a child's growth. In order to stimulate your child’s creativity and imagination we would like to suggest a game from the book “Roses in the salad” by Munari, to explore nature through the senses and colours, and customize objects to make them unique and original.

The first time that baby says "Momma"

Lallation or Babbling. The results of a study by British Columbia University demonstrate that the brain of an infant is structured so as to remember words with repeated syllables more easily.