For Your Toddler
The Wonderful 2's 3's and 4's
Get ready to embrace the paradox of this stage of development and the larger paradox of parenting. This is where “both/and” thinking, instead of “black and white” thinking, will be most beneficial.
Toddlers are often misunderstood. In some ways, we expect too much from them; in many ways, we expect too little. They are grappling with conflicting needs and feelings for the first time that grownups struggle with throughout our lives. They are just more expressive and authentic about it. I respect that. And toddlers respond to respect. Toddler solutions are in our responsiveness – not in our reactiveness. And yet some of their behavior inspires a natural reaction of – Seriously? WTF?
More profound clarity and understanding are revealed when we shift our dismay towards meeting the toddler in his/her perspective. They have every right to all of their feelings.
This customized toolkit is a creative and enjoyable process of preparing your toddler for any significant life change that may trigger strong feelings or resistance.
I offer collaborative tools for the following…
- tantrums and meltdowns
- boundaries and limit setting
- separation, ambivalence, and anxiety
- transition to preschool
- new sibling
- room sharing
- loss and grief
- divorce and separation
How we engage with them now prepares our toddlers for how they will engage with us in their tweens and teens.