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Toddler (18MOS-3 years)

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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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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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Recent Questions

18 month old wants constant attention

Posted 2 days ago

Our almost 18 month old has started following me around the house most of the day trying to demand my attention. She doesn’t want to play on her own or fall for my distractions. She has started...

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Toddler tantrums at the store

Posted 3 days ago

Hi there, how do I tell my 33 month old no at the store. Is there a way to avoid a tantrum? Do I just snatch the item away and exit the store as quickly as I can? It has been a lot more difficult...

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Potty Training after Illness

Posted 1 week ago

We started toilet training in early March using N75, when our daughter was 22 mos (now 25 mos). She's made great progress with bladder control - rarely has wet accidents, and seemed to be doing...

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Run Away 2 Year Old

Posted 2 weeks ago

We have a two year old boy (turned 2 in March) and he is always on the go. So much so that we don't go out to restaurants or a lot of other public places because he just wants to run off. And then...

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Who's In Charge?

Posted 2 weeks ago

I asked a question recently related to potty training and part of the answer was that I needed to reestablish myself as the head of the household. And that is so true!!! I have had an in going...

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Bed wetting for 20 month old

Posted 2 weeks ago

So, I have been observing things for a bit and it turns out my daughter is definitely asleep when she wets her bed at night. So, how do we handle this? She’s 20 months, and we’ve been potty...

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Potty Training after Set Back

Posted 2 weeks ago

I am one week into potty training my son, who just turned two years old. I had read John's book and was ready to be cool and calm, but that only lasted a couple of days. We had some early success...

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Twin won't stop hurling toys

Posted 3 weeks ago

Dear Dr. Rosemond and staff, Thank you for your previous advice on hitting. As you may recall, we have twin boys who are 2 1/2 years old. After using the "quick time out" method, both of our...

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Just Do It

Posted 3 weeks ago

Have wanted to start training my now 20 month old for a while now, the problem is 90% of the time when you tell her to go on the potty she throws a fit. I have read toilet training with out...

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Nighttime Toilet Training 19-month-old

Posted on 5/17/2018

I have a question about night training. My daughter is 19 months and doing really well with daytime potty training. Still has a few accidents but mostly going both #1 and #2 on her little potty....

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