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Toddler (18MOS-3 years)

John's Most Recent Articles

Toilet Training Is Not Rocket Science

Posted on 9/26/2018

Talking today’s mother through her first experience with toilet training is akin to talking someone off a ledge. Both situations involve massive anxiety, high drama and lots of yelling and...

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Debunking Hot Potty Training Myths

Posted on 8/14/2018

“Potty training is a nightmare.” So begins advice from Meghan Leahy, advice columnist for The Washington Post. More accurately, potty training has, of late, BECOME a nightmare, thanks to advice of...

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I Spy Toilet-Training Atrocities

Posted on 7/10/2018

Strolling through my go-to grocery store the other day, I happened down the Baby Products aisle where I spied packages of toilet-training pants featuring pictures of happy children who looked at...

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Nip Toddler Misbehavior in the Bud

Posted on 12/19/2017

Q: My parents recently told me that my husband and I are letting our toddler run our family and that it’s becoming increasingly uncomfortable for them to visit or have us visit with them – they...

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Key to Toilet Training Success: Start Early

Posted on 8/2/2017

Q: Our twin girls will be three in a few months. Our pediatrician recommended that we start toilet training at 32 months, which we did. After several months and lots of gnashing of teeth, one of...

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Teaching Academics to Toddlers is Worthless

Posted on 4/12/2017

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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Recent Questions

Everyone Needs a Good Night's Sleep

Posted 1 week ago

Ever since being potty-trained at 19 months, our now-22mo wakes up crying 2-3 times a night. At first she was asking to go potty at night, and we would put her on the potty, give her water, and...

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3:30 am Party Time

Posted 1 week ago

My 2.5 year old boy keeps getting up at 3:30 am every morning. He wakes up having to potty but will not go back to sleep, causing everyone to lose sleep. We’ve tried the following ways to prevent...

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3 years old whines and cries

Posted 2 weeks ago

How do I get my newly turned 3 year old to stop whining and crying when it comes time for chores and picking up after herself?

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Church Expectations

Posted 2 weeks ago

This is a question about age-appropriate expectations in Church. We have 6 children ages 10, 8, 6, 5, 3, and 1. I have told the older kids that, unless you are a baby or a toddler - which they...

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Stubborn Toddler

Posted 2 weeks ago

We have a toddler potty training. He was 21 months old when we started. We read "toilet training without tantrums" before starting. We are now starting our third month, and he just doesn't seem to...

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Toddlers in "Time Out" can create More "Tired Out" Parents

Posted 3 weeks ago

For a 2 year old who is able to climb out of a playpen (and makes a game of it if the parent tries to keep them in), what else would make a suitable time-out area? We live in a rented...

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First Born Still Wants Center Stage

Posted 3 weeks ago

Our 27 month old daughter seems to have had a tough time with the transition of adding our baby to our family 6 months ago. She seems to love being the center of attention, and hates when any...

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Sassy Toddler

Posted 3 weeks ago

Ever since I started implementing a 5 minute time-out for specific misbehaviors (such as throwing food or hitting his sister) after his second birthday, my 2 year old son has started showing...

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One week potty training

Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi there, My daughter will be 2 on October 5th, I have been potty training her for a week now, she is dry during the day, I put her on potty every hour, she is doing great. Sometimes she asks me...

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2 Year Old Potty Training Going Backwards

Posted on 9/22/2019

Hello! Our daughter is now 26 months and we started toilet training 4 months ago at 22 months. She got on to toilet training pretty quickly and within a few days she used her potty and stayed...

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