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New ideas and inspirations to help you keep perspective during the early, hectic years.

78 toddler article submissions by the Mothering community.

Trusting Your Gut

The challenges of parenting abound. When do you turn to the experts and when do you just listen to your heart and trust your instincts?                     During the last trimester of my pregnancy, I was showered with love and support. Literally. I had three baby showers thrown for me by amazingly generous and supportive family, friends, and co-workers. Despite being a bit overwhelming, it was absolutely touching. One of the planned activities at the showers was a book that was organized for me by my mother and two of my good friends. Guests wrote a piece of... read more

Attachment Parenting: The Art of Letting Go Slowly

Last week, I talked about the approach of attachment parenting, as defined by Dr. William Sears, and the beginnings of this bond in the hours immediately after birth.  Let me just reiterate Dr. Sears’ definition here: Above all, attachment parenting means opening your mind and heart to the individual needs of your baby and letting your knowledge of your child be your guide to making on the spot decisions about what works best for both of you.  In a nutshell, AP is learning to read the cues of your baby and responding appropriately to those cues. (The... read more

Who’s your daddy?

               Father's Day is just around the corner. A single mom prepares to answer the tough questions.   I’m a single mother by choice. My choice can be a bit controversial, I know. When I came to the decision to move forward with my plans to have a child on my own I fully expected to get an earful from some people. But I was surprised by how many people were supportive of my choice. And perhaps once I was out of earshot their opinions changed. But it didn’t feel like that. The support felt - and still feels - genuine.     I says, pardon?... read more

The Anatomy of Potty Training

                     By Colleen Lowe Smith   At two years nine months, Cassidy is officially potty trained.  We never made a big deal about it, and going to a toddler Montessori class helped a lot since the other children were either trained or training, in a unisex bathroom.  A couple of the boys were even proficient enough to pee standing, and there was a little stint where Cassidy wanted to straddle the potty standing herself. It took a little explaining why that wasn’t possible.  She figured it out.    Skip a few months and she’s out of her pull-ups (except for... read more

On Being a Perfect Mother

Thinking, feeling our way through motherhood.   By V.K. Harber   Hey, remember when you were growing up and you swore up and down that when you had children of your own you would never ever in a million years do that thing that your mother did? Yeah, me too. Yet, here I am, mother of my very own living breathing challenging toddler and I have, on more than one occasion, heard the very same words that used to issue forth from my mother’s mouth, pouring out over my own lips.   Sometimes, whatever comes out is the right thing for the circumstances. (Thanks,... read more

Being Wrong is Right

Being wrong is just a few creative thoughts or actions from being right.   By V.K. Harber   There is a TED Talk by Sir Ken Robinson from 2007 that I recently listened to. His talk is about how the educational system is killing creativity and his argument is very moving and not easily ignored. (And may be a helpful tool in explaining to people a choice not to educate a child in mainstream ways)   My main takeaway from this talk, at this point in my life as the mother of a toddler, was a very simple phrase. He said, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll... read more

Our Best Laid Plans: Living with Rett Syndrome

  Before I was even pregnant, years before really, I began to develop some beliefs about what parenting was going to be like. I felt strongly (and still do) about the value and importance of toys without lights and whistles and ones that don't do all of the playing for a child. I felt passionately certain that I would have the most amazing breast feeding experiences of anyone, ever. I believed that cloth diapers would rock my world and that my precious little son or daughter would never watch television and instead we would frolic happily through the yard;... read more

Toddler Wearing

Toddler Wearing By Caroline Jane Cole April 4, 2012 The author would like to dedicate this article to Jean Liedloff, who passed away in March 2011. "Her work profoundly affected the way I parent, and continues to teach me new ways of seeing each time I re-read her work." Dancing-in-arms It is the evening of our friend's wedding. We dance enthusiastically at the Ceilidh, a hundred bodies dressed in their finest, moving in tune to the music. Instinctively I swoop to avoid a flying arm, my free hand reassuringly touching the blonde mop nestled at my chest. As... read more

Stop Growing so Fast!

By Colleen Lowe Smith   Things are changing.   Cassidy is not yet two and a half yet and I knew this time would come.  It started the other afternoon when I woke her up from her nap.  I didn’t want her to stay up late, and it had already been two hours.   It could have been a growth spurt, needing that extra sleep, who knows.  I should have let her stay in bed.  Instead she roused in protest, wailing, and was inconsolable for the next 45 minutes.  She ran away from me, hiding under chairs and tables, delirious and crying, “Go away, Mommy!”     Go Away... read more

Child Behavior Shaped by Parents' Relationship, Not Sexual Orientation

by Marcy Axness   I have long said -- when coaching parents 1-on-1, when speaking to groups, and in my book Parenting for Peace -- that the words and parenting techniques we deploy with our children have far less shaping power on them than what's going on in our own inner lives. While certain parenting words and actions are more effective than others, ultimately, who we ARE is of greater impact on child behavior and wellbeing than what we DO.   And now there is yet more breaking research that supports this. Scientists at U. Mass actually set out to study the... read more

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