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Toddler (18MOS-3 years)

John's Most Recent Articles

Teaching Academics to Toddlers is Worthless

Posted 2 weeks ago

There is no good evidence that the artificial gains produced by so-called "jump-start" educational programs for toddlers, whether computer-driven or human-driven, are of lasting value....

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Send Toddler to Designated Tantrum Spot

Posted on 3/14/2017

Q: My 30-month-old has started throwing tantrums when I do not give her or do for her what she wants. During her fits, she cries, screams, tries to hit and even bite me, and then, if I prevent her...

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Grandparents Raising Grandson

Posted on 12/29/2015

Q: Our daughter died last year—long, sad story—leaving behind a 2-year-old boy. The father—not named on the birth certificate—is not and never has been a factor in the child’s life and gave us...

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Jealous Sibling and Words of Wisdom for Toddler's Parents

Posted on 6/23/2015

Living with Children John Rosemond Copyright 2015, John K. Rosemond Q: My 24-month-old is constantly wanting to be in her newborn baby brother’s face, poking and touching him. How can...

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Pull-Ups & Adoption Age

Posted on 9/16/2014

Q: My 23-month-old son does well with potty training when we’re at home. We use a “potty bell” and he goes every 90 minutes or so. When we’re away from home, however, he seems clueless. He...

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Parental Anxiety

Posted on 8/12/2014

On one of my websites I, along with a team of certified parent coaches, answer questions submitted by parents. In the last two days, 67 percent of the questions have concerned toilet...

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Pulling Her Hair Out

Posted on 7/15/2014

Q: Since our daughter, now 2 years old, was born we have lived with my parents. Being the first and only grandchild she has been the center of attention. Several months ago, our son was...

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Head Banging

Posted on 7/1/2014

Q: When he throws a tantrum, which happens several times a day, my 20-month-old often gets down on the floor and starts banging his head. Worried that he may hurt himself, I pick him up and...

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Potty Training: It's a process

Posted on 6/24/2014

Q: My 26-month-old daughter will go on the potty happily every hour when told (we’re using your “potty bell” and it’s working extremely well) and produces every time. As a result, she’s having...

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Patient Approach to Toilet Training

Posted on 6/10/2014

Q: We began toilet training our daughter when she was 21 months old. Within 10 days, she was consistently using the toilet for Number One. She now wears underwear 24/7 because she doesn’t...

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Recent Questions

Dressing an Alligator Toddler

Posted today

Do you have any advice for parents when trying to dress a toddler starts to resemble gator wrestling?

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Time to throw out the "time-out"

Posted 2 days ago

What approach is best when a 27 month old gets up and giggles when put in a time out chair? I have put him back in, but he keeps laughing.... I'm only putting him in time out for a very short...

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2 1/2 yo Not Napping

Posted 4 days ago

Can you give me some tips on transitioning my son into his toddler bed? He's 30 months and always been a great sleeper. He's doing well with sleeping in his toddler bed at night, but naps are a...

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2 yo Tantrums While Shopping

Posted 1 week ago

What should I do when I am out shopping alone with my 2 year old and he decides "he wants out of the buggy" and starts to throw a terrible fit?

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2 1/2 yo Bedtime Troubles

Posted 1 week ago

Recently our 2 1\2 year old daughter has been wanting us to stay with her until she falls asleep. Normally she reads her books and we tuck her in and that's it. We have done this for about a week....

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Here Come the Terrible Terrific Twos!

Posted 1 week ago

My usually pleasant almost 2 year old daughter just started throwing violent fits this week, kicking, screaming, and trying and sometimes succeeding in banging her head into my face. A few times...

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22 mo Won't Sit on Potty

Posted 1 week ago

We just started the training process with our 22 month old son. He won't sit on the potty for more than a few seconds at a time. He's very active and doesn't stop often. When we have him sit he...

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Night time potty training 3 year old

Posted 1 week ago

My son will be 3 yrs old in 1 month and has been potty trained (daytime) for 4 months now. I started night training him 2 months ago but he has never woken up dry, his pjs are always soaked and...

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2 Year Old Fight Sleep

Posted 2 weeks ago

Over the past month my almost 2 year old has radically started fighting sleep. For almost 2 years we've been able to lay her down in her crib for both naps and bedtime. Out of the blue she's...

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Toddlers & the word "no"

Posted 2 weeks ago

My 18 month old daughter laughs whenever she is told "no" or not to do something. She usually goes into a fit of laughter and runs away giggling yelling "no! no!" Or she does something she knows...

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