I believe that the best advice on toilet training is that if the child is ready, it happens very easily. If not, a power struggle often ensues, since you can lead a child to the potty but you can't make him go. And we all know that no one wins a parent-child power struggle.
Strong willed children can be a challenge to parent when they're young, but if sensitively parented, they become terrific teens and young adults. They're self-motivated and directed, they go after what they want, and they are fairly impervious to peer pressure.
The crumpled face, the arms velcro-locked around your knees, the wail that rips through your heart. Virtually every parent who has left a toddler with a caregiver has experienced this. It's the normal response of a securely attached toddler who protests what she perceives as a life-threatening separation from her mother.
Toddlerhood can be a maddening time for parents. Your baby is growing into her own person. Your challenge is to keep your sanity and keep her safe. Your best strategy is to cultivate a great relationship with her and enjoy her emerging independence. How?
It's obvious that the less displaced your older child feels by the new baby, the less jealousy she'll suffer. One way for her to feel secure in her role in the family is invite her to join the "home team" along with the parents.
One of the most important tasks in parenting toddlers is helping them learn to manage their emotions, which is the foundation of interpersonal relationships. This skill set is more critical to their happiness in life than school performance or any of our other conventional measures.
Research has shown that toddlers tantrum less and cooperate more when they feel more powerful. There are three key ways you can help your toddler experience herself as a person with healthy power in the world...
Feeling a little stressed? Struggling to keep all the balls in the air? Here are some of the "sanity savers" that I learned from master jugglers -- women who were balancing work and family -- tips for staying sane when you're struggling to juggle your working life with the rest of your life.
Considering breastfeeding for your baby? Anai Rhoads addresses some common questions ranging from latching issues, benefits, effects on birth control and more!
Does what my child eats affect how he acts day-to-day? Find out more!