Some kids are anxious right out of the womb. Anxious toddlers can be difficult to parent because they don’t have the language yet to express how they feel. They are more sensitive. They are pickier. They are more overwhelmed. And all of those emotions are wrapped up in a 3-foot tall little person with newly developed language and no self-regulation. Yikes! That is a recipe for disaster.
As parents, we have a zillion responsibilities. We have to work, cook, clean, pay bills, chauffeur, volunteer, help with homework – and that is just the tip of the iceberg! Add a child into the mix and we are lucky to get anything done. So how are we supposed to be a good parent who get things done, while giving our children the attention they need?
Toddlers are my favorite little people. I can say that because my last child has finally moved out of that stage and I am now [sniffle, sniffle] toddler-less. A funny thing happens when you are no longer in the throes of toddlerhood – you see toddlers in a whole new light.
When you are knee deep in toddlerhood, you often miss the cute innocence of toddlers. You might miss the hysterical way they try to exert their independence. You probably see no humor when they fall to the ground and forget how to walk or how they have no filter when they talk to strangers.
Are you parenting a toddler? I’m sorry. As cute as toddlers are, they put parents to the ultimate test. The combination is all wrong. A strong desire to flee parents, but no clue about where they are going. A strong desire to do everything for themselves, but no coordination to make that happen. Welcome to Frustrationville, population – you.
It is that time of year again – frenzied shopping, experimental baking and party after party. Holidays are many people’s favorite time of year. I love everything about the holidays – except the over stimulation and pace that turns my otherwise well-behaved little children – into gremlins, causing holiday meltdowns.
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We all want to keep out kids safe, but how do you do that effectively. Here are the best tips to follow.
Is your child a wiggle worm? We’ve had no luck finding a bean bag chair that was hypoallergenic, comfortable and can stand the test of time, until now. Read my review and enter to win one of your own!
Parenting is a roller coaster of emotions. You will pull your hair out, cry and love so hard you’ll forget about the first two. Buckle up and prepare for the 13 stages of parenting.
In episode 3 of Ask the Child Therapist, we talk about how to help your aggressive child.
You feed the kids. You bath the kids. You put the kids to bed. You are starting to wonder why your husband doesn’t spend time with the kids? Here are some reasons why that might be happening and how to change it.
In this episode I will answer how to help your child is they are scared to try new things, how a child is born with anxiety and how to help kids socially.
You are so over the whole sharing your bed idea. You dream about dreaming again. Avoid these mistakes when trying to get your kids to sleep in their own bed.
You and your partner disagree on spanking? Is spanking effective? A Child Therapist chimes in on the argument to spank or not to spank.
For most kids Halloween is all about fun and candy, but for some kids all the focus on blood and gore can make them scared of Halloween. Here’s how to help.