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 drowning in the sea of Caillou and Dora? Do you go through your day feeling unproductive and guilty? Been there, done that! Get out of the mommy fog and feel good about how you spend your days with your toddler. Staying home with your toddler is not an easy feat. Most of us are expected to keep a clean house, do laundry and […]
You breathe a sigh of relief as your little ones are finally out of the crib. You are almost done with potty training. You no longer have to lug around a huge diaper bag full of survival paraphernalia just to keep your kid happy and alive. So why on earth should you be thinking about the second worst parenting experience – teenhood? Because what you […]
The return of school. The house cleared out. I am exhausted. My feet are breaded with cheerio dust, but it is over. I now have 10 months alone. Well, almost alone – there is my toddler – the last hurrah. My toddler is doing a happy dance. It dawns on me that she has more to celebrate than even me. Here are 20 reasons […]
My Shift from Therapist to Mom of a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder I am a Therapist Mother of a Child with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). They never taught me about Sensory Processing Disorder in graduate school. I learned about sensory processing in the worst way possible. I was in a training for toddler mental health. The professor was covering the topic of sensory […]
Don’t you love how they make all those fun, creative projects look so easy. I am a complete Pinterest failure. My playdough comes out too crumbly, my food never looks like it should and my slime…my SLIME is apparently too sticky. UGGGH. What part of Do not put this in your hair did she not get? My fault.One should never, ever tell a toddler […]
One would think that the idea of hiking with your three wonderfully appreciative children would be a good idea – foolish people! I guess I forgot that I have three anxious children who have never been hiking. It started out good for the first 30 seconds and then it started to unravel quick, fast and in a hurry…. (1st Child) Mom are there bears in […]
Each of my three children have their own versions of stubbornness. My littlest one is giving me the most run for my money – at least that is how it feels right now. She is a toddler getting ready to rule the world, but first she needs to conquer me! She loves her chocolate milk. She loves her chocolate milk very early in the […]
We are all human. We all make mistakes. We all worry. We all wish we had a redo button. Being a child therapist adds another layer of complication. I know what I should be doing. I know what constitutes good parenting and what does not. I know the early signs and symptoms of every childhood mental health disorder. One might think that all […]
Don’t let that cute smile and those stubby little hands fool you. Your toddler, my toddler – they are all on mission to destroy us. Their goal – to wear us down, weaken our defenses and slowly gain full control of the household. Don’t believe me? Not into conspiracy theories? You think this sounds like paranoia? I have clearly laid out their plan step by […]
Okay, this potty training thing is messed up. I know you grown ups think it is as easy as giving us an M&M or putting a sticker on a chart, but I am here to tell you the real story! [to listen to my podcast episode on this topic click here] The potty brings up many scary things to our little minds. […]
I know my eating habits might be a mystery to some of you parent-folk out there and I am here to break it down for you. We toddlers have sensitive little mouths. We can feel bumps that maybe your tongue ignores and new flavors explode in our mouth – and that is not always a good thing. Let’s talk about TEXTURE! My little mouth […]
One of the reasons why I love toddlers so much is that they are untouched by the layers we all carry. They do not have the layers of social awareness and self-consciousness that burden all of us. They do not think before they speak – and often that makes what they say that much cuter. They share honest observations and make us take a second […]
separation anxiety is a normal stage of development. Knowing that doesn’t make this phase that much easier to stomach! 1) Play games that encourage healthy separation. Toddlers who are in the throes of separation anxiety feel they are not completely safe if they are not in direct contact with their parent (most often the mother). You can encourage brief periods of small […]