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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

2.5 year old won't share Grandma

Posted 6 days ago

2.5 year old only wants Grandma when she is around. Grandma lives out of state, so when we see her we are together for day/night at least a week. 2.5 yo only wants Grandma to take care of, play,...

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Nap Time With Twins

Posted 1 week ago

Hello. I have twins who are 20 months old. At nap time and bed time, one twin falls asleep readily. However, the other twin fights sleep. She doesn't cry or seem too upset. She just sits...

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Potty Training Toddler

Posted 1 week ago

I am a stay at home Dad and our son just turned 2 years old last month and we are now in the 4th month of trying to potty train him. He has a 4 year old sister and she was potty trained in about...

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Tips for Taming Automatic Flusher Fears

Posted 1 week ago

Hello, we are very grateful to have our 3 year old well potty trained. Unfortunately, we have run into a little problem. He is deathly terrified of automatic flush toilets. He will cry, scream,...

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N75 Newbie

Posted 1 week ago

I started N-75 with my 18 month old daughter yesterday and am looking for a few encouraging words and advice. Day 1 was all accidents which I expected. When we told her about the change to a...

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Time to Terminate Toddler TV Viewing

Posted 3 weeks ago

I've had a difficult time weaning my toddlers (twins, 20 months old) off the TV. Part of this has to do with the lifestyle of my husband and I: video games are my husband's main hobby. When...

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The 2 Year Old Bedtime Staller

Posted on 5/15/2019

Hi! My 22 month old daughter had started displaying stalling tactics to avoid bedtime and other undesirable activities. She wants to kiss all her toys goodnight, attempts to give more kisses and...

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Helping the Toddler Who Refuses to Eat

Posted on 5/12/2019

Hello! Our youngest daughter is 21 months old and lately she starter refusing the food we serve at dinner. She only wants her liking. What to do at this age? Warm regards

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What to wear for potty training an 18 month old girl

Posted on 4/25/2019

My daughter will be turning 18 months soon and will be potty training. What clothing would you recommend for a girl?

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3 Year Old Delaying Bedtime with Potty Breaks

Posted on 4/25/2019

Hello, my three year old has always slept well through the night and became potty trained pretty quickly. Unfortunately, until recently, he asks to use the restroom 2-3 times a night. He refuses...

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