Children sure do keep you on your toes. They are always changing and growing--and helping you to change and grow. Just when you get the hang of things, a new stage begins. Toddlerhood brings all sorts of exciting (and sometimes scary and nerve-racking) adventures. Your formerly cooing, babbling baby starts to talk. Your scooting, crawling child begins to walk. Perhaps your formerly complacent child starts throwing tantrums. He may start to drink from a cup, sleep in his own bed, climb over the furniture, and hate to wear clothes.
A whole lot of new issues come up during the toddler years such as the one that makes many mommies nervous: potty-training (hint: don't worry about it). Sleep issues also seem to be foremost on many parents' minds--is it time to drop a nap or all naps, should our child have a bedtime, is it normal for my child to still wake up during the night? Some parents start worrying about disciplining their child and wonder if they should spank or use time outs, and if neither of those, what other options are there?
While I am certainly not an expert on all toddlers, since I've closely studied my own two children I believe that I am an expert on them! In these pages, I would like to share some of our experiences and what works for us. You'll also find what has worked for other parents. I'd also love to know what has worked for you and your child.
"Every stage in a child's life is there for a purpose. If we can respect and respond to their needs fully during each stage of life, they can be done with that stage and move on." ~ from Surviving the Toddler Years by Naomi Aldort
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