Ending Bath Time Gracefully

Hi Dear Readers, This post comes from a conversation I had with my Ongoing Membership group, available for folks who have taken my Tele-Class, Joyful Days with Toddler & Preschoolers (next session starts tomorrow!).  In a recent call, a mom asked for some advice on how to bring Bath Time to a close in a more enjoyable way.  Her 2.5 yo son loves being in the bathtub, but the … [Read more...]

Overstimulation and Aggressive Behavior

Dear Miss Faith, My 2.5yo son has a lot of trouble in noisy situations where there are large groups of children. He is normally a kind, friendly child, but when in noisy or crowded spaces he loses all impulse control, running away from me, crashing purposefully into other children, knocking other children down, and grabbing toys. The grabbing he does in these particular … [Read more...]

Repeating Questions Over and Over

Dear Miss Faith, My 2 year old repeats herself over and over and over again, to the point that i get soooooo frustrated. I mean i answer her in as many creative ways as i can think of. She kept saying i want a glass of milk, and i said yes when we get home. Then she kept asking– so I kept finding new ways to help her to feel heard, like “you really want a glass a milk eh?” … [Read more...]

Kids and Social Graces

Dear Miss Faith, My daughter (age 2.75) takes a really long time to warm up in social situations, and seems to feel easily overwhelmed by kids with big energy, even to the point of growling at other kids. It seems like she's so shy and I'm worried that won't be ready for preschool. What can I do to help her? Dear Mama, First of all, I want to encourage you not to worry. … [Read more...]

The Secret to Getting Your Way with a Stubborn Child

Check out my guest post on the 'What to Expect' website, in their Word of Mom blog. I wrote about The Secret to Getting Your Way with a Stubborn Child. … [Read more...]

Tired of No’s

Dear Miss Faith, On your advice I've been using imagery when my 2yo daughter says no, and for the most part it's been very effective. But suddenly in the last week the no's have increased dramatically. No to drying off, no to handing me a bucket, no to me changing the sheets, no to eating, no to me playing with her, no to brushing her teeth, no to washing hands, etc, etc. … [Read more...]

Running Away

Dear Miss Faith--My 2 year old is running away from me for everything, and it's causing some problems. Put on socks, shoes, brush teeth, go to school, change diaper, go outside - he runs runs runs! Any ideas? He used to be excited to do all this, and now ... … [Read more...]

Potty at Daycare

If you work taking care of other people's toddlers, then you are an integral part of the potty-learning process. Having several toddlers together gives you some advantages over parents, but it also presents some unique challenges. Advantages The main advantage you have is that young children learn through imitation. At Rainbow Bridge I'll usually take two or three children … [Read more...]

Going Potty

So, how to approach the dreaded subject of potty training? Well, I've helped more than 35 toddlers go through this process, so let me tell you some of my thoughts. I recently heard the term “potty learning” instead of potty training, and I like it, since I think it more accurately represents what's going on. My best source for potty learning is an article that was given to me … [Read more...]

Storytelling with Toddlers

I love telling stories to toddlers. Although I enjoy reading stories to toddlers as well, I find the act of telling a story much different from reading one. Reading a storybook is a nice cuddly activity, where children snuggle up with me on the couch and we look at the pictures together, and talk about what's going on (I rarely read the words). … [Read more...]

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