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When we think of bullies, a hulking kid with a chip on his shoulder pops into mind. He’s taking lunch money, pounding a burly fist into the opposite palm, and handing out wedgies at every turn. But that isn’t the type of bullying most children experience, and certainly not at the toddler level. If you think your toddler could be dealing with a bully, it’s important to remember that schoolyard conflict is a whole different animal when it comes to little ones. Here’s what you need to know.
There's nothing better than seeing your toddler’s face light up as they experience Halloween. Dressing in costume, running from house to house with their bag full of treats, and their brimming excitement is enough to bring a smile to any parent’s face. Plus, performing the parent “safety candy check” on all candy in their bag before they are allowed to eat anything brings some fringe benefits. (Every Snickers bar I encounter somehow disappears before the candy is given back to them.)
The leg-grabber, the screamer, the breath-holder... whatever your child’s separation anxiety personality is, you know what we’re talking about. Separation is rough on toddlers and their parents, but it’s also perfectly normal and even a good thing in some ways. Your toddler doesn’t want you to leave because they trust you to take care of them. They recognize the special bond between you. That’s pretty incredible, right?
Although your toddler may seem programmed not to follow schedules, they will actually appreciate it once certain patterns are cemented into their mind and body clock, whether they know it or not! And as a parent, you'll be able to enjoy the day much more when your toddler has a good feel for what's going to happen next.
Whether it was a joyful surprise or meticulously planned, welcoming a new baby when you’ve already got a toddler in the house can be as exciting as it is stressful. As you pull the baby swing and crib back out of storage, there’s a lot you can do to prepare your toddler for the big change headed your family’s way. If you choose to be proactive, you can encourage a smooth(er) transition for everyone in your household, toddler included.
Ever wonder what goes on inside the mind of your toddler? Quite a lot, in fact - much more than scientists previously thought! 80% of all brain development occurs in the first 3 years of life. Your child’s brain develops more than 1 million neural connections per second during their first 3 years - more than any other period in their lifetime, at a pace that will never again be matched. Therefore, how you interact with your child in these early years is of utmost importance.
As an educator, I have encountered many young students that have had trouble with their speech. A toddler mispronouncing sounds is usually seen as cute. A kid getting ready to head into junior high - not so much. Here are some proven strategies that you can start incorporating right now into your toddler’s daily routine, to ensure they have a fighting start when it comes to pronunciation and articulation.
Since the day your toddler was born, you’ve probably been contending with everything from unsolicited advice to outright parent shaming to that classic, self-inflicted guilt. Now, as your little one is starting to express himself (sometimes quite forcefully) and move around on his own, you’re about to enter a new and different realm of judgment and second-guessing. "Are they spending every second of their day doing something educational???"
It's one problem that all parents encounter. Now, it goes without saying that a pre-bedtime routine is key, but if the strategy stops there you're in trouble, my friend! What about the task of actually getting them to sleep? Are you stuck in the infinite "one more story" loop? We dug out some pretty unique approaches that may help.
Many parents struggle with getting toddlers to sleep in their own beds; once sleep habits are formed, they are hard to break. For some families, co-sleeping is not only preferred, it’s encouraged. For others, it results in poor sleep quality for both toddlers and their weary parents.