Help Your 3yo Sleep Alone

Dear Miss Faith, My daughter is 3.5 and very independent during the day, but very clingy/needy at night.  She falls asleep fine, but comes into our room in the middle of the night and nobody gets much sleep after that.  My husband and I have "solved" this by having one of us sleeping in her room each night, but we're ready to be done with this and feel that she could be ready, … [Read more...]

Easily Frustrated Child

Dear Miss Faith, My 2yo son is a joy when he's happy, but he gets frustrated really easily and shrieks out of frustration.  It is ear piercing!  I find myself jumping to do whatever it is he wants, all the time, just to avoid that shriek.  I'd like to teach him more patience, but I have no idea how to go about it.  Help! Dear Mama, I'm right there with you on how frustrating … [Read more...]

Building Competence

Dear Miss Faith, My son is almost four, I'm struggling with teaching him how to dress himself, pull down and up his own pants for going potty, etc. He seems to have no interest in learning whatsoever, and when I ask him to "try before mummy helps", he only does so halfheartedly. Any suggestions? … [Read more...]

Couch Time for Mom

Dear Miss Faith, I’ve been feeling extra tired lately because I’m pregnant with #2. I've been working on taking more time for myself and am taking two breaks a day where I drink a glass of water and knit while my daughter (age 2.75) plays. This used to work fine, but lately every time I sit down with my little cup of water she has a meltdown, often throwing her toys angrily on … [Read more...]

Separation Anxiety

Dear Miss Faith, My son turns 3 next month. We have been a family since returning from East Africa 2 years ago. I have been home with him, working during his naps and after putting him to bed. Suddenly and most vehemently he has developed separation anxiety. Even with beloved grandparents. Two weeks ago he was annoyed when I lingered while dropping him off (they have been … [Read more...]

Saying Goodbye

Dear Miss Faith, I am a working mom (though I would much rather be a stay at home mom, it's not financially possible at this time), and my Mother-in-Law cares for my 2yo son each day. Lately, when she's been leaving, he's been falling apart completely. Do you have any suggestions for how to make "parting with grandma" easier? Yesterday he had a total meltdown. From the … [Read more...]

Silence

How often does today's child experience silence? How often do they have nobody talking to them, no tv or radio on in the background, no cd's or computers, no honking horns or blaring sirens? How often do they have none of these, all at the same time? Today's child is surrounded by a world that is go-go-go, and is filled with chatter. We adults are used to it, and can … [Read more...]

A Case Against the Toy Chest

You might be wondering what anyone could have against a toy chest. Isn’t that an integral part of childhood? Well, my argument starts with the idea that there are only two things that ever happen with a toy chest: 1) Everything gets dumped out onto the floor, or 2) It is ignored. I guess there’s a third thing which happens, which is: 3) Mom or dad puts everything back in … [Read more...]

Independent Play, Part II

This is the second segment of a post that got too long. A mom wrote in asking how to help her son play independently, when he's used to having her as his main playmate. I suggested that she alternate times when she pays direct attention to him, with times of 'being busy.' I wrote about the types of direct attention in the first blog, which you can find here: … [Read more...]

Independent Play, Part I

Dear Miss Faith, My boy is 3 ½ , and he’s used to having me as his main playmate. I would like him to start being able to play on his own more, but when I try to make him do it, it feels like I’m being mean. How can I get him to play independently? Dear Mom, … [Read more...]

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