Archives for 2018

Bath-Time Hair Washing

Dear Miss Faith, My 2yo son screams bloody murder every time I wash his hair.  I'm ever so slow and careful, but nothing seems to help.  He particularly hates it when water falls into his ears, which is almost impossible to avoid 100%.  It's gotten to the point where he starts crying as soon as I mention that it's time for a bath.    Any suggestions you have would be most … [Read more...]

Verbal Apraxia and Motor Planning

Something I haven't talked about much here on the Joyful Toddlers blog is the fact that my daughter (who is four and a half now, as I'm writing this) was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), also called Verbal Apraxia.  When it was a big deal it felt too scary to talk about in such a public space, and now that it's largely resolved I mostly don't think to talk … [Read more...]

My Oat Bar Recipe for Play Garden

I know that parents are always on the lookout for healthy snacks that kids love.  I serve these Oat Bars at my outdoor parent-child Play Garden classes, and parents always ask for the recipe.  Well, here it is!  They are super simple, with healthy ingredients, and the children love them. Healthy Oat Bars Preheat oven to 375.  In a large bowl, mix: 2 cups of unsweetened … [Read more...]

My Kid Talks So Loudly

Dear Miss Faith, My son is almost three and he's very verbal, be he talks SO LOUDLY, all the time.  I am very sensitive to noise and sometimes I feel like I can hardly stand to be around him.  Telling him to talk more quietly doesn't seem to have any effect. Dear Mama, I get migraines and am sensitive to noise then, too.  You have my sympathy!  I have some ideas for you.  It … [Read more...]

What Reviewers Are Saying

I was pleased to be approached by Gail Cornwall (gailcornwall.com) for a review copy of Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers: Create A Life that You and Your Child Both Love.  Gail is a freelancer for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Salon, The New York Times, among others.  She also writes parenting articles for Scary Mommy, Parenting Magazine, and more. After a nail-biting … [Read more...]

How to Get Your Kids to Do Chores (Without Resenting It)

About a week ago, a friend pointed me to a piece on National Public Radio Called How to Get Your Kids to Do Chores (Without Resenting It).  I clicked on it, and to my absolute delight, a host of friendly researchers were being quoted!  These are researchers whose work I discuss at length in my own book in Chapter 8: Your Confident, Helpful Child.  The trick to cultivating older … [Read more...]

Why Explaining and Convincing Don’t Work with Young Kids

When we ask a child to do something, and they say no (or ignore us), the option of explaining why we're asking them to do it, and inviting discussion, is so attractive.  It's what most parenting books suggest, after all.  And research shows that explaining and discussing ARE useful tools for helping to get buy-in from children: when they're adolescents. In early childhood, … [Read more...]

My Toddler Runs Away!

Der Miss Faith, My son will be 2 next month and occasionally runs away from me.  I have a 6 month old also, so I’m usually holding the baby and I am so afraid this will become a habit.  When I call after him he does not stop or he’ll stop, grin, then run away again.  I know he doesn’t understand that it isn’t a game and I’m afraid chasing him reinforces the fun-factor for him … [Read more...]

Do You Like Your Toddler?

In observing families for my dissertation, I visited two families who on first glance were similar. Both had two-and-a half-year-old boys, and both moms did many of the actions I had observed that set parents up for success: each mother successfully flowed together and apart with her son throughout the day, letting him come in and out of her tasks, which she made inviting and … [Read more...]

Pinterest for Play Yards

When I first started transforming my flat, boring, soggy yard into my Play Garden, my goals were for it to be fun and engaging for children, interesting and comfortable for adults, and beautiful for everyone. I wanted it to feel natural, and be a haven for bees and butterflies. I also wanted to grow fruits, vegetables, and other edibles. So when I got started brainstorming for … [Read more...]

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