"Parents who always go out of their way for their children eventually lose their way. "

Toddler (18MOS-3 years)

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When It Comes to Phases, Don't Make Mountains out of Molehills

Posted on 2/25/2020

Q: Our daughter, our first and only, is just short of three-and-one-half. She has recently started coming into our room in the middle of the night and making a request of one sort or another. She...

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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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Recent Questions

Potty Training Regression and Coronavirus

Posted 6 days ago

My 3 year old potty trained very fast right after his 3rd birthday. He has not had a problem being dry overnight, so we have always just used underwear. He’s been potty trained 3 months. Because...

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Nap time becomes resting time

Posted 2 weeks ago

My 20 month old will not take naps, unless he is nursing on me and falls asleep. Then he wants to only sleep on me, or he wakes up crying. He has done this is full like span. I am exhausted,...

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Addressing Food Issues - Part 2

Posted 2 weeks ago

We cannot get our 10, 6, 4 and 20 month old to eat their fruits in veggies in large part. Our 20 month old used to eat what we gave him, and now he discriminates based on the color and texture of...

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Nursing at bedtime

Posted 2 weeks ago

We have four children ages 10, 6, 4, and 20 months. The 20 month year old will not go to sleep by himself. I am nursing him to sleep at night. I need him to just go to sleep in his crib, so I...

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Potty Training Fears

Posted 2 weeks ago

I’m starting potty training my daughter who is 23 months old. It’s been 3 days and she does not want to sit on it to release. I use the ’Naked and 50$’ technique and every time after the accident...

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Potty Training hiccup

Posted 2 weeks ago

Hello! I have a 29 month old son, and I essentially had him potty trained about 4 months ago, as long as he was naked below the waist. He would take himself to his potty chair and notify me...

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Take Charge of Bedtime Shenanigans

Posted 3 weeks ago

Feeling frustrated. I have a 6 year old, and 2 year old. They are hanging up on me! For example- I say it’s time for bed, and I tell them to come brush their teeth, the older one starts to...

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Give the Kid a Choice

Posted on 3/3/2020

We have a 35 month old son who is very loving, yet VERY strong-willed. I have read your book, and we have tried to implement the strategies recommended, but we find he is so defiant we would be...

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Better aim

Posted on 2/26/2020

Thank you, we went with the gate and bell method and by the end of January he got it! Now he rarely has an accident. My next question is, since he stands too close to the potty and he only...

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Siblings Must Work It Out!

Posted on 2/25/2020

I’ve got two kids, an almost 8 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. For the most part, they play really well on their own. Whenever she doesn’t have school, we have the most conflict. He loves...

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