toddlers

Catherine O'Brien Featured on PsychCentral Offering Top Tips on Toddler Discipline

When our babies are small, it can often feel like we’re trying to crack some mysterious code.  “Why are you crying? What do you need? What are you trying to tell me?”

Often times, we find ourselves thinking (even if only for a flicker of a moment), “Life will be so much easier when they can get around on their own or tell me what they need!”

….And then, toddlerhood happens and we’re completely eating our words.  Toddlers have BIG emotions, don’t they! And very strong opinions! That brings a whole new set of challenges.  

 

Slow Down to Stay Flexible this Holiday Season

Recently, I had a conversation with another mom about that tricky phase many of us go through when we parents are trying to determine whether it’s time to drop a nap in our little one’s sleep schedule.  Sometimes babies and toddlers can be really good at sending us a mixed bag of signals--particularly when it comes to naps.

And now that we’re in the full throes of holiday season, I think this topic is especially important since many of us spend time traveling or going to holiday events that also can bring about disruptions to our little ones’ sleep schedules (among other things).

The Emotional Side of Potty Training

Ugh, potty training.  Am I right?  It can be so challenging, so stressful.  For you AND for your little one.  I want to help you get through potty training a little more pleasantly (Is pleasant potty training a thing?  OK, maybe not.  But let’s at least make it a little less torturous, shall we?)

There are a lot of good articles all over the internet on HOW to potty train your child, so I’m not going to spend time saying the same things many experts have already done.  My aim here instead is to take into account the big emotions you and your child will likely be feeling during this process so that you can get through it calmly and with empathy.

Shifts & Starts: 3 Major Times Our Little Ones Change Up Our Routines

I don’t know about you, but lately, my Facebook newsfeed is filled with adorable first-day-of-school photos.  I love it.  You can see the anticipation in their little faces and I completely understand what those moms and dads posting them must be feeling.

This time of year always makes me a bit reflective about transitions.  And I can’t help but think about how parenthood is constantly insisting we grow right along with our kids.

Shaping Perceptions of Racial Diversity in Babies, Toddlers & Young Children

Quick--If you had to guess, when do you think our children first begin to notice racial differences?

 

You might guess that it begins in grade school, when kids are under more pressure to fit in or have had more time to absorb their parents’ perceptions and commentary on different races. But, you’d be wrong.  These concepts begin taking shape much, much earlier than that.

Separation Anxiety & Stranger Danger: How to Get through it with Confidence & Empathy

Has your baby or toddler hit the “separation anxiety” phase in their development yet?  Our littles can start feeling separation anxiety as early as 6 months and usually phases out by age 2, but the peak age range is 8-18 months.  It usually looks like clinginess, tantrums or resistance to other caregivers. It often happens when mom or dad leaves the room for a moment, or during bedtime routines, or when a child is dropped off at a caregiver’s place.

Summer Travel Plans? Keep Your Toddlers & Kids Occupied & Happy While Traveling with These Clever Ideas

Ah, summer travel…  Second maybe only to the Christmas/Chanukah season, this is probably the most popular time for travel.  Vacations are always worth it--it’s great family bonding and relaxation time for parents, and little ones always have a blast when experiencing new things.  But, let’s be honest:  the traveling to and from our incredible family vacations is not always so restful.  Or even pleasant.  Whether flying or driving, the challenges often the same--keeping our little ones content and occupied.