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What to do when Mom is human and makes a mistake.

Posted 5 days ago

What is the best way to recover after making a mistake? For instance, if 3 children are very close in age, and you punish the wrong child for something you later find out their sibling had done.

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Help! Potty Training Isn't Working!

Posted 2 weeks ago

I have read the toilet training book and have been trying N75 with my 2-year-old daughter. After 5 days she has had zero success going in the potty. Peeing on the floor and down her legs does not...

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Toddler Tests the Car Seat Limits

Posted 2 weeks ago

My 18 month old always gets a short time out when he hits or throws food. Consequently, he almost never hits or throws food any more. However, since we have been going out more, he is now testing...

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Tips for Purging Toys

Posted 3 weeks ago

My kids have too many toys, dolls and stuffed animals. They are ages 10, 7, 4, and 1. For the older three kids can I just get rid of things without their knowing, or do I need to talk to them...

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Car Seat Blues with 2-Year-Old

Posted 4 weeks ago

Hi our son is about 2 years and 3 months old and he has decided that he doesn't like being strapped into his carseat. As soon as I pull out of the driveway (sometimes before), he will slip his...

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How to Achieve Peaceful Coexistence Between Children

Posted on 5/31/2020

I have a 6-year-old, and 2.5 year old. They are fighting A LOT. What’s the best way to discipline them? I try to let them work it out as much as I can, but it’s constant. Older child ripping toys...

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"Battle of the Wills" with 2 Year Old is Frustrating

Posted on 5/21/2020

How should we handle a 23 months old that has been hitting us or attempting to hit, for a few months now, when angry or not permitted to do what she wants? Such as not being diaper changed or not...

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Attention seeking years.

Posted on 5/20/2020

My three-year-old son has issues with being "ignored." I've already asked a question regarding his behavior around his grandparents (whom we live with), but I'd like some clarification regarding...

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Potty trainning process under control.

Posted on 5/18/2020

We started potty training our girl at 22 months, in the 4th week now. She knows we go in the bathroom and wants to go in there, but she's developed a habit of standing on a stool to wash her...

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And Baby Makes Two: Preparing #1 for What's to Come

Posted on 5/6/2020

Hi there, our son will be about two and a half when the new baby is born. What are some practical things we can do to make him feel involved and not left out before and after the baby is born? I...

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Hurricane Behavior in Toddler

Posted on 4/27/2020

Our almost three year old daughter can be very defiant and disrespectful. When she wants something, she wants it right away. She will ask repeatedly for something even when we tell her no. She is...

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Oblivious To Potty Training

Posted on 4/24/2020

On day 4 of potty training my 22 month old daughter. We’ve been naked, doing the potty bell timer and she still seems like she’s not phased by any of it. She doesn’t even notice when she pees. It...

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2-yo Boy Controls Dinnertime

Posted on 4/23/2020

Hi, my son just turned two and refuses to sit in his high chair. We converted the top part of his high chair to a booster seat and that worked for maybe a week, but now he refuses to sit in that...

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Food for Thought: To Obey or not To Obey--That is the Contention

Posted on 4/22/2020

I have a 2.5 year old who isn't speaking yet but understands the word "no". She has developed a habit of throwing food. This is not something she does occasionally, but for the majority of every...

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Double Trouble at Bedtime

Posted on 4/20/2020

What is a good way to handle 2.5 year old twins, when one or both fights going to sleep at bed time? Thank you.

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Hitting Needs to Stop for 3 Year Old

Posted on 4/19/2020

Lately my just turned 3 year old hits a lot, but he does it playfully and often even says it, "I'm going to hit you." I am not sure how to get him to stop. We have been firm in telling him he...

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Potty Trainning day 6

Posted on 4/16/2020

We are toilet training my 28 month old daughter. She consistently knows *when* she needs to potty, but when she sits down, nothing happens. She eventually always gets off and then has an...

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Potty Training Anxiety

Posted on 4/15/2020

Hello! I have read the book potty training book and we started yesterday. I know today is only the second day, but my son is refusing to sit on the potty. My question is after he has an accident,...

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Conquering Fears

Posted on 4/3/2020

My almost 2 year old daughter developed a fear of walking outside. When we go out, she goes up and down the stairs and when it’s about to walk on the side walk she screams in fear and tears and...

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Potty Training Regression and Coronavirus

Posted on 3/31/2020

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 on 3/22/2020

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 on 3/22/2020

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 on 3/22/2020

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 on 3/21/2020

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 on 3/19/2020

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 on 3/12/2020

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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3 yo Child Cries When Adults Laugh

Posted on 2/12/2020

Hi. I am a pediatrician and recommend Making the Terrible Twos Terrific and Well Behaved Child to almost all the parents in my practice at the relevant ages. I have a normal healthy nearly 3 year...

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The Truth Is, 2-Year-Olds Have Tantrums

Posted on 2/11/2020

My 2 1/2-year-old daughter throws a tantrum while in public - not at home (or at least less severe at home). As an example, we spend time on Sunday mornings encouraging her to behave during Mass...

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Teaching 3 year old to listen the first time.

Posted on 2/9/2020

Is the targeted behavior (for the ticket system) “Refusing to do what we tell you to do” too general for 3.25 year old twins? We want to stomp out their habit of giving us push back/delaying/...

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Mealtime Battle

Posted on 2/6/2020

Our 2.5 year old daughter has been giving us a hard time at dinnertime lately. She will either take a couple bites then want to get up and play with something and then doesn't want to go back to...

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2 Year Old Doesn't Respond When Name Is Called

Posted on 2/6/2020

My 2-year-old does not respond to his name at all 99% of the time when he is called. He doesn't even glance in my direction. We have had his hearing tested (it is normal) and we're pretty sure...

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Picky no more

Posted on 1/29/2020

I have been using the picky eater technique on my older kiddos. Which I have to say, has my husband and I cracking up! Their faces!!!! We have had success in decreasing meal time battles, making...

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Exhausted no more

Posted on 1/28/2020

Hello! Our youngest daughter (2.5 yrs) has for a long time been an early riser. It used to be 6am but now sometimes could also be 5:30am. The early mornings are exhausting us a little;...

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Get more out

Posted on 1/27/2020

2.8 year old boy is on day 10 of potting training. He is doing fairly well, but it seems he is not emptying his bladder, as sometimes there is as little as 10 minutes between trips to the potty....

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Toddler hits mommy

Posted on 1/23/2020

Hi. My 27 month old toddler recently started hitting me when I say no to her, sometimes my husband as well, but it is most often directed at me (her mother) in moments of frustration. How should I...

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Changed my mind

Posted on 1/19/2020

Hello! Our second daughter (2.5 yrs) says no to certain things, e.g. I do not want to have the blankets on at bedtime, or no I am not finishing my dinner, or no I am not going outside. We tell...

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Toddler ignores grandma.

Posted on 1/14/2020

Lately my 2 year old has moments where he is very rude to my mom (his grandma) who helps with childcare. He blatantly ignores her or tells her no or that he doesn't want to do x, y or z. My...

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Stay the Course.

Posted on 1/14/2020

I used N75 with my first child and it was a snap. At 22 months she was without accidents within a few days. My second child was 22 months before the holidays. With traveling etc. etc. we...

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3 year old needs more time to adjust to playing at preschool

Posted on 1/13/2020

Hi! I have spoken with a coach via email, and was happy with the response. I recently spoke with my recently turned 3 year old son’s teachers, and had a chance to sit in on one of his church child...

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Toddler Questions

Posted on 1/11/2020

I just want to make sure that I’m on the right track with my 13 month old. I read the book “making the terrible twos terrific” and thought it made a lot of sense. However, I can’t determine what...

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Toilet training with Gate and Bell

Posted on 1/10/2020

Hi, I have a follow up question to my previous question about the bell and barrier method not being successful; after my child pees on the floor do I let him out of the bathroom or keep him in the...

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Hold Me! Never Let Me Go!

Posted on 1/8/2020

My daughter (age 2) demands to be held an excessive amount. By "excessive amount", I mean hours in a row. The more holding I give her, the more she demands. She gets furious when put down before...

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Toilet Training While Out on the Town

Posted on 1/7/2020

Hi There! Last October we started potty training my then 19 month old son using the "naked and 75" method you lay out in your book. By the end of November he was doing so well, we started...

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A Toddler Terror

Posted on 1/2/2020

Hi! After raising four children myself, I can say that my 2.5 year old grandson, Hudson, is on the far end of the active, aggressive, physical, energetic, testing, bouncing-off-the-walls and...

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Toilet Training for a 23 month

Posted on 12/31/2019

My husband and I are on Day 6 of potty training using the Toilet Training Without Tantrums. We have had a few successes but... we're frustrated. Our daughter is 23 months old. She's been naked...

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The Picky Eater Battle Continues.....

Posted on 12/30/2019

We were trying to stand our ground and get our picky eaters (2 year old twins) to eat the meals their parents are presenting them. We stopped giving them snacks in between meals. If they...

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