I love this idea! Put a timer on a lamp in your child's room. Set it to where it will turn the lamp on at whatever time they're allowed to get up. Teach them they can't get up until the lamp turns on. :-) A much cheaper alternative to another nightlight I've seen.
Do you recognize the need to build up your children every day, too? This list of phrases will encourage the child who hears them from a sincere parent. There are so many “voices” in this world telling our kids they don’t measure up. Behind every young child who believes in him, is a parent who believed in him first. Let’s go on the offensive and help our girls and boys see how truly wonderful they are. ~ Club31Women
15 Easy Signs to Teach Baby.... Since hand eye coordination develops sooner than verbal skills, babies can learn simple signs for common words. It really helps... my second word was "please". I like politeness... Elizabeth was shy and would stop talking around people, but at least she would sign.