It’s too bad that there’s such a thing as child labor laws, because there are some career paths that are just naturally suited for toddlers. Little kids do not give a damn about being loud, dirty, mouthy, or dangerous, which are but a few prerequisites for real jobs that actual professionals do. Read more
Bedtime excuses flood out the minute a crib becomes a toddler bed, and little ones become masters at bedtime-delaying tactics. Can you blame them? They just want to stay up and be a part of the mysterious nighttime stuff that happens after 8 PM, like doing the dishes and sweeping up dried Play-Doh bits. Read more
Have you ever wondered what would be in your toddler’s backpack? Probably not, because you, unlike me, didn’t fall asleep after reading Us Weekly and obsessively checking the baby monitor last night, and have very weird dreams that your baby was a debutante.
Parent Says: “Only one.”
Toddler Hears: “You won. Take as many as you want.”
Parent Says: “Hurry! We’re going to be late!”
Toddler Hears: “Crawl under a table as fast as you can, take off your socks and wait until we are late!”
Parent Says: “Don’t throw your food.”
Toddler Hears: “Don’t waste your food by letting it sit there without knowing how far it can be tossed or whether it can stick to walls.” Read more
There was once a time that my toddlers were sleeping through the night. In fact — they both slept from 7 pm to 6 am straight for almost a year.
Then … I don’t know what happened.
All I know is that the amount of times my toddlers come creeping into my room now in the middle of the night is reaching double digits.
Here’s the list of requests, just from last night: Read more
Toddlers don’t need a good reason to flick the tantrum switch. They’ll let rip anywhere, anytime. The bigger the audience, the better! Here are some tips to help you dodge those meltdown moments… Read more
Here’s the scoop on your child’s beverage options. Learn which ones are healthiest and which ones to limit or avoid and why. Read more
Up until now, having a conversation with your child has been a pretty one-sided affair. But look out! Here comes a speech tsunami. Between the ages of 2 and 3, kids start picking up words faster than you can say “chatterbox.” Just check out the stats: at age 2, most children know 20 to 200 words; by age 3, that number soars to about 1,000.
Toddlers don’t hit those high numbers on their own, however. “Parents have a huge impact on their kids’ language and speech skills,” says Janet Felice, speech-language pathologist and coordinator of clinical services at the Atlanta Speech School. And the more you encourage your child to chat, the better he’ll do in preschool and beyond. “When kids start school, teachers expect them to have a pretty strong vocabulary,” says Felice. “If your child doesn’t develop a solid foundation as a toddler, he may struggle to keep up with the class.” Read more