Archives for 2012

Scratching and Pinching Older Sister

Dear Miss Faith, Lately my 2-yr-old daughter has really escalated her scratching and pinching of her big sister (age 5). My 5-yr-old recently broke her leg, so I have to carry her quite a bit and that is likely making the younger one jealous. Also, she is definitely struggling to use her words. But to my horror my older daughter's face looks like a cat attacked her! It’s … [Read more...]

Arts & Crafts with Groups of Toddlers

Dear Miss Faith, I have a home daycare and I'd like to do arts & crafts projects, but things always seems to fall apart. Do you have any ideas of projects you can do successfully with groups of toddlers? … [Read more...]

Help with Power Struggles

Hi Miss Faith, My son is 2 and I feel like we are in a constant power struggle. I know it's somewhat normal but I hate this, and feel bad about it. I feel like I'm constantly giving him choices but if feels manipulative. … [Read more...]

Scared Toddler

Dear Miss Faith, My question is about my 23 month old and how lately she seems to be spooked by a lot of different things. We have recently welcomed a new baby to the house, but overall she's really done well with the baby. So I'm not sure if this recent behaviour is because of our 3 month olds arrival, an age related thing or if its just her. Things that make noise seem the … [Read more...]

Demanding Tone of Voice

Dear Miss Faith, My daughter is four years old. She never went through the terrible 2's and the 3's have been fun until now. Lately everything she says is in a demanding tone of voice. It has been a real struggle. I've been helping her speak in an acceptable tone of voice by rephrasing everything she says for her, as you've suggested on your blog, and this has been working … [Read more...]

Sensitive, Moody and Defiant

Dear Miss Faith, My son is 3 and a quarter, and he's very sensitive and moody, and often defiant. I correct him and tell him what I do want him to do, but I feel conflicted about punishing him because he often seems like he's not feeling good and then that leads to challenging behavior, and my heart is telling me to love him and connect no matter what. So i just pour love … [Read more...]

New Sibling on the Way

Dear Mama,Dear Miss Faith, My daughter (age 3) is very close to me and I her. She really is a miracle because we tried for 10 years before she came. I am so blessed that she is here and I find myself a bit over protective of her and less authoritive because of this. However…we are soon to be expecting our second child (October) which was kind of a surprise since we were … [Read more...]

Engaging Cooperation

Dear Miss Faith, I've been caring for several 2-year-olds, and we've recently had a new 4-year-old boy join us. This 4yo is generally uncooperative, and the littler kids are starting to imitate him. When he gets into an activity he flows creatively with it, but transitions especially seem to be hard. His momma speaks quite angrily to him and I don't want to do that, but he … [Read more...]

Sharing and Taking Turns

Dear Miss Faith, My son and I participate in a toddler play-group and some mothers are very insistent that their children practice sharing, while I tend to think that sharing will come with time. What are your thoughts? … [Read more...]

Newborns and Toddlers

Dear Miss Faith, I have a 2.5yo and a 4-month-old, and I'm really struggling with my toddler getting too close to the baby, doing dangerous things to him - and me trying to keep him from hurting the baby without always reprimanding him. So, today I had to run from the stove, where the meal was being cooked and needed my attention, corral my son back into the kitchen, he … [Read more...]

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