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If you are reading this, you likely have a child under the age of 3, and chances are the child depends on you too much or are at the other end of the spectrum, they want to do everything themselves to the point where their “independence” is driving you crazy. I have one of each, and even now, well into elementary school, those personalities still exist. Still, the good news is there are ways to purposefully and appropriately foster independence in your little one.
Sometimes I think toddlers were created to make adults learn how to increase their patience in this world. How did they learn to push our buttons so quickly in life? “Ellie, don’t go outside without a jacket.” Ellie looks at her dad with a raised eyebrow. “Ellie, I said don’t go outside without a jacket. Plus, you are wearing sandals instead of your sneakers. It’s 50 degrees out. You are going to freeze. Do not go outside without putting on the proper clothes…”
The answer that most parents don’t want to hear but is nonetheless true is toddlers hit because it is developmentally appropriate for them to do so. Toddlers and even most young preschoolers do not have the social-emotional capacity to properly handle strong emotions; even adults sometimes struggle with this.
Parents who work at a home-based job can find it totally consuming, but they still need time to relax and recharge themselves. Contrary to the inner parent guilt-o-meter, taking time out for self-care is not selfish. Developing a regular pattern of self-care simply gives someone the ability to be a better breadwinner, parent and person, and here are 5 simple ways to start.
Pacifier, binky, dodie or nuk-- that soothing tool for little ones can be a lifesaver for a parent, because once that powerful plug is inserted into the mouth of a fussy baby, it can mean peace and quiet. But when the infant becomes a toddler, it may be time to let go of the pacifier. Change does not come easy, so how can you wean your child from the sweet comfort of a pacifier? Here are ten ways to do it.
Almost all children go through a phase of being afraid of the dark. I imagine even as an adult you’ve had moments of uneasiness when it comes to what could be lurking in the shadows. Let’s examine some of the causes of why and ways to address your child’s fear of the dark.
Are you familiar with that sinking feeling in your stomach as you pick up a call from your toddler’s daycare?If you’re not, don’t get too comfortable. Even happy, easygoing toddlers can go through the dreaded biting phase—and sometimes it lasts for months at a time. Whether you’re covered in tooth-shaped bruises yourself or have had to curb your toddler’s social life due to other parents’ complaints, it’s a universally frustrating part of child development.
When it comes to bedtime stories, I am all in. An avid reader myself, I have tried to inspire a genuine love of books and reading in my two children. I love many classics, including Where the Wild Things Are, Peter Pan, Mike Mulligan, and His Steam Shovel, and ANYTHING by Dr. Seuss.And while reading classics is a tradition I hope my children will pass on, there is something fun and unique about discovering a new book together, something that is not mainstream; an indie book.
Some kids are born picky eaters, and some children are unintentionally trained to eat only a narrow variety of foods. Don’t spend time fighting battles or wondering what you did wrong. Say bye-bye to picky eating by taking a few simple steps with your child, and begin introducing them to the big, beautiful world of food.
Toddlers love discovering the world around them, sometimes a little too enthusiastically. Toddler parents, however, mostly care about safety, good behavior, and their toddler’s overall well being. It’s little wonder that sometime between the time your little one becomes mobile and the time they begin school, “don’t” and “no” become the most often used words in a parent’s vocabulary.