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Starting Toilet Training Early Pays Off

Posted on 12/27/2022

Q: My grandmother maintains that her children – my mother and her two siblings, all born in the 1950s – were completely toilet trained at 18 months. Her terse explanation: “I just gave...

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Playing Well With Toddlers

Posted on 11/8/2022

Q: I have two boys, 18 and 33 months. How much time each day should I spend involved in activities with them? Also, they chase one another around the house and other sorts of...

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The Problem With Pull-Ups

Posted on 11/1/2022

I finally tracked down the fellow who invented the so-called “pull-up.” His name is Lucapher (Big Lou) Saytan. Reputedly, Mr. Saytan lives in an underground bunker from which he develops and...

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On Chores, Discipline, Potty-Training

Posted on 3/29/2022

Q: When I give my 5-year-old daughter a chore, she does it, but all the while she is muttering under her breath, huffing and puffing, and so on. Do I discipline that behavior or just let her...

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The Keys to Relatively Quick, Painless Toilet Training

Posted on 1/12/2022

Q: I recently tried toilet training my 32-month-old, but after a few days of no success, I decided to stop. A friend tells me to hang in there, but my pediatrician says my son isn’t ready. She...

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What To Do About Head-Banging Toddler?

Posted on 8/12/2021

Q: Our 19-month-old is a very active little boy who flips out when things do not go his way. When he has a tantrum, we walk away or simply ignore him. Nonetheless, he will scream and flail about...

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With Sippy Cups, Stick to the Short Term

Posted on 7/20/2021

Research finds that so-called “sippy cups” – spill-free cups used by most American preschoolers – are linked to speech problems as well as early dental issues. A sippy cup’s spout depresses a...

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Ear Infections and Misbehavior; Boundaries for Boys

Posted on 3/23/2021

Q: My three-year-old is prone to ear infections. When he has one, his behavior deteriorates considerably. He becomes disobedient and given to angry outbursts. When his ears are clear, he’s...

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On Picky Eaters

Posted on 11/4/2020

It’s funny, sort of, the things some parents want to believe. An example concerns children who’ve developed full-blown “eating disorders” by age three. “My child was exhibiting food...

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The More You Say “No," the Less Effective It Becomes

Posted on 10/13/2020

Q: Our first child, a boy, just turned two. Per your advice, he is toilet trained and eating whatever I serve. Before he was born, we determined that we were not going to raise a picky eater. Our...

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22 MONTH OLD POOPY PROBLEM

Posted 1 week ago

Hi, we’re potty training our 22 month old using “Naked and $75” and we’re having issues with poop. My daughter refuses to sit on the potty when she has to poop. She starts pooping and then says...

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Understanding a 2 year old.

Posted 3 weeks ago

Our main discipline tool for our sensitive 2.5 year old son is time out. When he disobeys after a count of 3 or says “no” to us, he goes in our bedroom or his bedroom for a 2 minute time out. I...

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Late Talkers

Posted 3 weeks ago

Help! My 2 grandchildren, a boy 3, girl 16 months are being labeled autistic by their pediatrician because they are not speaking a lot of words yet. They both speak gibberish, and the boy is...

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Night time potty training

Posted on 12/26/2022

Hello, I am ready to toilet train my 22-month old son. My question is with regard to leaving him naked and free for overnights. He currently sleeps in his crib overnight from 7pm-7am. This allows...

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20-Month-Old Girl Wants Personal Chef

Posted on 11/19/2022

My 20 month old daughter says “ew no” to almost any meal put in front of her. I rarely introduce a food she likes or will eat (other than snacks such as cheese, fruit, etc.). When our son finishes...

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TYPICAL TODDLER BEHAVIOR, JUST A LOT OF IT

Posted on 11/16/2022

Update: The previous issue I wrote about where my toddler held his pee for hours and refused to go potty seems to have improved following some antibiotics given prophetically. However, other...

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2 year old Bedtime Woes

Posted on 11/15/2022

When my 2.1 years old daughter was smaller, I trained her to sleep by herself. However, these few months, if she's not too sleepy when I leave alone in the room her after evening milk, she...

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The Daycare Biter, Act 2

Posted on 11/8/2022

My just turned 2 granddaughter is biting at her preschool/daycare. This has happened off and on for over 3 months and is getting more frequent. She does not do this at home, to her 4 yr bother, on...

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The Daycare Biter

Posted on 10/27/2022

My 2 yo is biting excessively at daycare. They do not believe in "time outs" only distractions. She does not have any delays and has been seen by ENT and speech is appropriate. I know biting...

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"PERSNIKETY" 32 MONTH OLD RUNS THE HOUSE

Posted on 9/29/2022

We have a very particular 32 month old. We've followed John's teachings for our other two from toddlerhood but this kid has us scratching our heads. This child of ours had a rough start to life;...

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