Toddler & Preschool

Setting Limits for Curious Toddlers

By |September 7th, 2017|

It’s amazing to watch the transformations that our children go through during the infant and toddler years, starting out as seemingly helpless newborns and blossoming into toddlers who can walk, talk, make decisions, and show preferences for certain foods, toys, and company.

But with a toddler’s growing independence and curiosity can come some challenging behavior, including […]

Tired of Tantrums? Helping Your Toddler Work Through Their Feelings

By |August 24th, 2017|

The first year of your baby’s life is spent decoding cries: Are they tired? Hungry? Gassy? Need a new diaper? Over time, you get pretty good at reading their cues and meeting their needs before the crying escalates.

But at around 12 months you may notice your (now) toddler getting upset over anything from not getting […]

Tidy Toddlers: Teaching Children To Clean Up

By |August 15th, 2017|

From blocks to books, to stickers to stuffies (SO MANY STUFFIES!), life with a toddler is never boring. But with all that fun comes a lot of cleanup. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re putting away toys just as your toddler dumps out a new box of toys to play with—the work of a […]

Born To Run: Helping Toddlers with Wandering

By |August 8th, 2017|

Infants and toddlers are natural born movers and shakers. After they learn to confidently walk, it doesn’t take long before they are darting off in every direction to explore their environment.

Your child, who once happily sat in a baby carrier or rode along in a stroller, now wants to get in on the action, walking […]

Teaching Your Preschooler To Stop Interrupting

By |August 1st, 2017|

When you first become a parent, even the simplest of tasks can seem challenging. But as you move through the baby and toddler years, certain things become easier, such as your child being able to tell you when they are hungry or helping to put their toys away.

However, even when your child is 4-years old, […]

Taste Of Independence: Supporting your toddler’s independent eating

By |July 25th, 2017|

Infant and toddler eating habits seem to change in the blink of an eye. One day they request nothing but scrambled eggs for every meal, and the next, they won’t touch the stuff.

The same can be true of how a toddler eats. If your child, who is normally content with you spoon feeding them mashed […]

Playground Struggles: Minimizing playtime fighting and aggression

By |July 18th, 2017|

Ask most parents and they will tell you that preschoolers have big feelings. One minute, they ooze with love and affection. The next, steam is shooting from their ears over the injustices of not being allowed to color on the walls with red sparkle paint.

And boy, do they feel deeply. While having “big feelings” is […]

Language of Love: Encouraging toddler language development

By |July 6th, 2017|

Toddlerhood is a fabulously fun time for language development. Toddlers are learning new words a mile a minute—and understanding most of what they hear! Like adorable, walking, talking parrots, you’ll notice your toddler repeating back what you just said or words from their favorite songs (“You’re Welcome!”).

Parents play an important role in encouraging their child’s […]

Here Wee Go: Tips for Potty Training

By |June 27th, 2017|

If you have a toddler ready for potty training, the summer months can be a perfect time to “buckle down” and help your child learn how to use the toilet.

The biggest factor in potty training success is readiness. While you might be tired of diapers, many toddlers are are not physically and developmentally ready to […]

Help Wanted: Is Your Child Ready for Chores?

By |June 15th, 2017|

Ah, summer vacation…

For families with school-aged children, it’s days filled with running through sprinklers, cooling down with popsicles, and eating picnics in the backyard. It’s also a time filled with endless piles of dirty dishes, mountains of wet towels and bathing suites to wash, and sticky popsicle puddles to wipe up.

When the housework starts to […]