Archives for 2012

Trying out “mean”

Dear Miss Faith, Recently my almost four year old son has become incredibly loud, demanding, and seems to be playing the part of the “mean” kid. He thinks it is funny to hit people, to spit on them, and to be rather bothersome in general, to both children and adults. I know that this is probably a normal phase in which a youngster “tries on different hats”, but I just … [Read more...]

3.5yo hiding

Dear Miss Faith, It seems whenever we need to get something done, my 3.5yo son either flops down and makes himself into a dead-weight, or runs away and makes himself physically impossible to get to. After bath he runs immediately and hides in the corner behind the rocking chair, which makes it nearly impossible for me to get to him. I am frustrated by this, and have even … [Read more...]

The Habit of Yes

I'm pleased to share that an article of mine has been published in the lovely online magazine Rhythm of the Home. If you haven't seen it yet, take a look! My article is titled The Habit of Yes, and can be found by clicking on the image below:       Warmly, ~Miss Faith … [Read more...]

Wild One-Year-Olds

Dear Miss Faith, I've found your blog to be helpful, but I feel like my kids are too young for most of your advice and techniques. I have 15 month old twin boys, and lately they've been totally INSANE! They come out from naptime, and start pulling all the books off the shelves, everything out of the cupboards, breaking things, spilling thing, striping down naked so they can … [Read more...]

Translating for Children

Dear Miss Faith, I have recently started caring for a few children (in addition to my son) in my home, and I'm having a hard time with one little boy who is 3yo. He growls and yells at other children, blames other children for doing things to him when they weren’t within 10 feet of him, often collapses when asked to do something he doesn’t want to do, pinches – though this … [Read more...]

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H Everyone, You can finally subscribe to have new Joyful Toddlers posts sent to you by email. Simply click on the "follow" button in the lower right-hand corner of the screen, and then confirm through the link sent to your inbox. (Update: apparently, it's not working for people who have signed up as members for my Tele-classes. I'll look into this and get it sorted. … [Read more...]

Naptime Transitions

Dear Miss Faith, I have a 3yo daughter and a 1.5yo son. Our transition to naptime has been very hard, with lots of resistance from my daughter. Getting her upstairs after lunch has become a real struggle. The rest of our day goes pretty smoothly, but nobody is enjoying this part. Do you have any ideas for us to try? Dear Mama, My first thought is to try and find a way … [Read more...]

Sensory Integration

Dear Miss Faith, My 3 year old son seems to be developing issues which I think are linked to sensory integration. He has become a little obsessed about his hands, feet and face. He doesn't want them ever to get dirty, but he doesn't want to wash them, either. He'll even hold them closed, and then they get clammy and he cries about them being dirty. Sometimes he'll play in … [Read more...]

When You Can’t Pick Him Up

Dear Miss Faith, I have an almost-3yo and a 4-month-old. Since the baby has been born, my older son has been very demanding of me picking him up and carrying him everywhere. I tried saying "You are a big boy, you don't need me to carry you," but that didn't work. Then I read that older children need to regress and not be made to feel bad by their parents for doing so, so I've … [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...]


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