Three Things You Should Know About Nursing A Toddler

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It’s breastfeeding awareness week. And I would like to make you aware of the fact that not all nursing relationships end by the child’s first birthday.  None of mine did, anyway. I nursed Olivia until she was over two years old.  Twenty-six months, I do believe. I nursed her all through my pregnancy with Benjamin, […]

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Tips to a Better Toddler: Praise Like Crazy

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Most of the previous tips seems to be focusing on bad behavior.  And when all I focus on is bad behavior, my child seems to give me more and more to focus on. Is it because his self-esteem has dropped so low he thinks that is all he has to offer? Is it because he […]

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Tips to a Better Toddler: Be Attentive

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On days when my attention and priorities are not on my children, they act out more. It is their life’s mission to receive love, attention, and approval from me, their parent.  But when push comes to shove, they’ll settle for one out of the three.  Attention.  And they learn at an early age that though […]

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Tips to a Better Toddler: Talk Like Steve from Blues Clues

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There’s a reason kids like that show.  They like the attention he shows them.  They like the exciting tone of voice he uses.  They like the way he breaks everything down to be easy to understand for young minds. He does not yell, use sarcasm, or expect more than they can give. And I find […]

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Tips to a Better Toddler: Have a Plan. Keep to the Plan.

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I am the worst parent when I feel as though I have no control over my child.  I panic.  And I do not make wise choices. So I develop a plan of action for my children, and this is especially helpful in the toddler years, as they find comfort in routine and anxiety apart from […]

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Tips to a Better Toddler: Be the Change

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Toddlers are sponges.  Toddlers are mirrors.  Toddlers are spongy little mirrors.  (Shiny little sponges?)  They learn how to handle life by watching how the people around them handle life.  And believe me, they will not pick up on the one time you were gracious and patient if it was surrounded by selfish impatience. In fact, I’ve noticed […]

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Tips to a Better Toddler: Expect It.

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This is my second time through toddlerhood, and I’m deperately trying to remember what I did with Olivia that caused her to turn out so well.  So disciplined.  So caring.  So observant. (Me? Proud? Maybe…) I’m in the throes of it with Benjamin and I’m telling you, I don’t always see the light at the […]

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