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78 toddler article submissions by the Mothering community.

Are You Breastfeeding an Older Child?

  Not everyone knows this about me: I'm still nursing my boy. He turned three over the summer. I'm not embarrassed by this fact. In fact, I take a page from my son's book and don't really see it as a big deal. It's just something that we both still enjoy. We snuggle. It calms him when he's upset. (What mother doesn't want that?) It still provides him with health benefits such as added immunity.   I'm not always super giving with this information, however. I don't bring it up often. When it does come up, though, I am very matter-of-fact. I don't make excuses or... read more

10 Tips to Tame a Tantrum

                      “Tantrums” are normal reactions from kids that almost every parent deals with at some point.  They can be frustrating and scary for us, particularly if we do not have the tools to guide our children through them in a healthy way.  Understanding where they come from can be endlessly helpful.  Tantrums are urgent, overwhelming panic responses in a child’s brain.   The valuable and insightful book The Science of Parenting: How today’s brain research can help you raise happy, emotionally balanced children by Margot Sunderland states, “A... read more

Undoing: Attachment Parenting an Unattached Toddler

I spent the majority of the pregnancy with my first child in a state of complete stress.  I went the OB/hospital route, and I viewed everything that my doctor said as the Written Word.    It was at the height of the H1N1 outbreak, and I agreed and received the vaccine.  I didn’t know.  I had every test and genetic screening performed.  I ended up with a positive screen for Down’s Syndrome.  I didn’t know.  I feared the pain of labor and birth and decided when I first discovered I was pregnant that I would be getting an epidural.  I didn’t know.  I trusted a... read more

Four Ways Running Has Made Me A Better Mother

                     Today I am very pleased to host a guest post by Sophie Walker, author of Grace, Under Pressure: A Girl with Asperger’s and Her Marathon Mom. This is a great read and I highly recommend it. So without further ado, here is Sophie Walker on "Four Ways Running Has Made Me A Better Mother."   -------   When my daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 8, we were both in trouble. No one seemed to understand how to help and I felt overwhelmed by the task of finding the support Grace needed. I felt as though I was failing her.   I... read more

Have a Drink!

It will make everything better, I promise.    No, I'm not suggesting you have a swig of Mother's Little Liquid Helper**, I'm inviting you to have a refreshing glass of water. This may be the shortest blog post I've ever written, because this is pretty straightforward and uncomplicated: drink more water and get your kids hooked on water! If you already do this, you don't need to read further. For the other 99% of you, please fill 'er up and read on. Frankly, I'm a tad annoyed that the First Lady is getting all the press (and some backlash--read on) for something I've... read more

Time Out from Time Out

So there you are one afternoon, at the end of your rope with an out-of-control three-year-old. You know you won’t spank him, and you have become mindful of avoiding shame-based measures, so what’s left? Is “Time Out” the answer?   At the risk of adding stress to already stressed-out parents, my answer is no. Time-outs were conceived as a more humane alternative to spanking, but the problem is, they land a blow to the brain and psyche rather than to the bottom.   Right at the moment when the child is overwhelmed by a flood of emotions he cannot manage, and he most... read more

Embracing The Other Woman

            Having blind faith to trust a total stranger and break down the barriers to accept a new kind of family.     In the years leading up to my decision to become a single mother by choice (SMC), I noticed the topic of donor insemination (DI) children seemed to hit the mainstream consciousness. Feature films, documentaries, books, and even news stories – all with a subject matter relating to DI families, both the pros and the cons. I have no doubt that the public awareness, and subsequently the increasing acceptance of DI and SMC, did help inform... read more

Playful Parenting, Simplicity Parenting or Full-tilt Ferber?

By Brian Leaf     One day last winter, my family went out to the Lone Wolf café in Amherst, Massachusetts for breakfast. Noah, age six, loves the waffles, and I love the Lox ‘n Latkes Benedict. After breakfast we were to drive to the Amherst Indoor Farmer’s Market to shop and meet some friends. We finished breakfast, walked to the car, and got in, but Benji would not sit in his car seat. Benji is two.             To drive like this, with Benji not strapped in, is, of course, illegal and unsafe. So Gwen and I couldn’t give in on this one. We had to get him... read more

Messy Party

  KJ Dell'Antonia Issue 131, July/August 2005 It's a perfect summer afternoon, and our backyard is filled with naked, dirty toddlers. Some, more reserved (including my own), have chosen to cover their clothes rather than their bodies with flour, paint, mud, and egg salad. All seem delighted—from naked Duncan, who's just dumped a bowl of flour onto his penis, to shy Ian, fully clothed right up to his hat and watching in wonder. The adults relax in lawn chairs. A nursing mom gathers a small crowd anxious to touch. Sam aims the hose at the feet of another mother,... read more

How to Teach Your Toddler to Share

              Everyone knows the best way to teach your child anything is to model the behavior.  This is how I have accidentally taught my son to be obsessed with my smart phone and dance like a maniac to ragtime music.  Luckily, modeling behavior seems to also work for habits that I actually want to teach—like sharing.   My first attempt at modeling sharing behavior did not work so well.  While we were playing I’d say things like, “Look how I took a turn with the block, and then I gave Daddy a turn,” I’d say. And then my husband would say something like,... read more

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