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3 yo Child Cries When Adults Laugh

Posted 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Potty Setback

Posted on 12/26/2019

My son, who is two and a half and well potty trained, has recently taken to pooping in his pants and/or on the floor. Timeouts do not seem to be effective. I tell him that "only babies poop in...

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Wishing for Silent Nights

Posted on 12/26/2019

My daughter just turned two. About six weeks ago (two weeks before the arrival of our new baby), she started having issues going to bed. When we lay her down, she tries to think of any excuse to...

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Table Manners for Toddlers

Posted on 12/18/2019

What is the best process for teaching 2-year-olds to use eating utensils? They enjoy feeding themselves, but ignore their spoons and just dig in and eat with their hands. I have showed...

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Potty training setback

Posted on 12/18/2019

My daughter is 27 month old, before she turned 2 in October we started to potty train her. At around 25 months she was completely trained; she'd tell us when she needed to go and at one point, she...

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Ending the Food Battle

Posted on 12/17/2019

We are having many battles over food in our house. We have boys ages five, three, and one. The older boys go to preschool and are usually going without an adequate breakfast. They are offered food...

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Accident or On Purpose?

Posted on 12/17/2019

Right before my child turned 2 in October we started to potty train her. At around 25 months she was completely trained; she'd tell us when she needed to go and at one point, she was...

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Argumentative two and a half year old

Posted on 12/14/2019

Our two and a half year old daughter is argumentative. There will be times when we’ve told her to do something in a clear manner and she will outright say “No, I will not do...” (fill in the...

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Resistant to using the toilet

Posted on 12/12/2019

Looking for suggestion on dealing with a 2.5 year old girl very resistant to using the toilet. 4 days into training and is unwilling to use potty. Thanks

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Shorten bedtime routine

Posted on 12/2/2019

Hello, I have two daughters - an almost 3 year old and a 6 year old. i am married to an airline pilot who needs to regularly be out of town for 4-5 days a week. We make it through the days pretty...

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Quiet time--the gift from heaven

Posted on 11/26/2019

Could you give me some guidelines for how to teach my daughter to do quiet time? She’s two and a half so I realize her attention span isn’t very long and she still does take naps. I want to at...

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Rebellious 25 monts old

Posted on 11/23/2019

Hi My 25 month old daughter is potty trained now. I started when she was 23 month old, and 3 weeks ago until she got completely trained even at night. since yesterday she has been having pee...

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Maintaining Your Own Identity

Posted on 11/20/2019

Hi, My family (my husband and I) have the opportunity for me to leave the workforce for a few years to stay home with our 5 year old and 1 year old twins. While I am thrilled to have this...

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Too Much To-Do From a Toddler

Posted on 11/14/2019

My daughter is 21 months. She constantly wants me to hold her when we are home. I cannot keep it up. If I don’t hold her when she wants, she cries and cries. Help! What should I do? Also, she’s...

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Pacifier Problems?

Posted on 11/13/2019

We've decided to take our 2 and half year old's pacifier away from her cold turkey, and she seems to be doing generally okay with the transition. The hardest part seems to be at nap and bedtime as...

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Expect her to obey

Posted on 11/8/2019

My two and a half year old does well with listening when I use alpha speech and she is looking at me. I usually tell her, "Look at mommy" before I tell her what to do because I have found that if...

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Mom looking for Plan B to make Toddlerhood easier

Posted on 11/3/2019

I have a perhaps unusual question. We are about to embark on toddlerhood and toilet training, and want to be prepared in case things don't go smoothly. I think we will need an alternative to...

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A Tale of the Terrible Twos

Posted on 10/27/2019

What is the appropriate response when a toddler misbehaves while you're in the middle of an activity you cannot just walk away from to redirect or deter them immediately? Here are a few...

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Avoid Power Struggles with Potty Training

Posted on 10/26/2019

Potty training woes with a 2 1/2 year old. We started potty training our son about 9 months ago. We started out by getting rid of diapers completely, but after about 5 months we couldn't take...

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Play Group for Two-Year-Old Not Working Well

Posted on 10/25/2019

It’s seems like my two and a half year old has a harder time with obedience on days when she’s spending significant time interacting with other toddlers. I notice if other children. Misbehave, she...

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Potty Training Marathon- Don't give up!

Posted on 10/23/2019

Hi again, Some weeks ago I asked for advice re: potty training my 22 month old son (he was 20 months then). We've been at it for almost 2 months now. This is by far the longest I have ever had...

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Don't Give In to Picky Eater

Posted on 10/22/2019

When food is offered to a 2 year old at their meal time, but they purse their lips and try to to wiggle away, what is the appropriate response? Should you keep insisting that they eat and persist...

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Establishing Routines

Posted on 10/22/2019

Would you be able to give me a sample routine of what a day should look like for a family in my situation: I have twin toddlers (2 years old) with a speech delay. I'm a SAHM who is learning how...

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Toilet training dilemma

Posted on 10/21/2019

My daughter has started toilet training her 18 month old daughter using the naked and 75 method. I am her grandmother and watch her during the day 4 days a week. It has only been a little over a...

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Everyone Needs a Good Night's Sleep

Posted on 10/16/2019

Ever since being potty-trained at 19 months, our now-22mo wakes up crying 2-3 times a night. At first she was asking to go potty at night, and we would put her on the potty, give her water, and...

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3:30 am Party Time

Posted on 10/12/2019

My 2.5 year old boy keeps getting up at 3:30 am every morning. He wakes up having to potty but will not go back to sleep, causing everyone to lose sleep. We’ve tried the following ways to prevent...

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3 years old whines and cries

Posted on 10/9/2019

How do I get my newly turned 3 year old to stop whining and crying when it comes time for chores and picking up after herself?

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Church Expectations

Posted on 10/6/2019

This is a question about age-appropriate expectations in Church. We have 6 children ages 10, 8, 6, 5, 3, and 1. I have told the older kids that, unless you are a baby or a toddler - which they...

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Stubborn Toddler

Posted on 10/4/2019

We have a toddler potty training. He was 21 months old when we started. We read "toilet training without tantrums" before starting. We are now starting our third month, and he just doesn't seem to...

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Toddlers in "Time Out" can create More "Tired Out" Parents

Posted on 10/2/2019

For a 2 year old who is able to climb out of a playpen (and makes a game of it if the parent tries to keep them in), what else would make a suitable time-out area? We live in a rented...

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First Born Still Wants Center Stage

Posted on 9/30/2019

Our 27 month old daughter seems to have had a tough time with the transition of adding our baby to our family 6 months ago. She seems to love being the center of attention, and hates when any...

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