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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.

Anticipating Baby - from the heart of my toddler

One of my daughter’s favorite books is Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney. She loves playing along with little Nutbrown Hare as he stretches his arms out wide and proclaims his love for big Nutbrown Hare. It’s such a sweet story, and those last two pages are the best: “I love you right up to the moon – and back.” Recently, she’s learned how to sign I LOVE… ”Mama”, “Dada” or whomever it is that she’s expressing her affection for. It’s the sweetest thing to not only hear, but to see her sign the sentiment. And following the lead of little... read more

Being a Kid: Living with Rett Syndrome

My daughter, Lucy, is almost three years old, and has Rett Syndrome. It is a debilitating condition that has robbed her of speech, the ability to walk, control her hands, and talk. This makes it difficult to figure out how to let her explore the world as every other child does. When I was a little girl, I spent most of my time outside, playing with my cousins. We did all of the things little kids do: rode bikes, caught tadpoles, made forts, pretended we were getting married with bouquets of ferns, played in the mud and in brush piles, rode four-wheelers, swam...you get... read more

Happy Simple Baby Love

By Colleen Lowe Smith   Cassidy fell in love today.  At two and half, it’s hardly her first time, but after meeting and playing with a new friend, on the way back to the car from the park, I witnessed the moment that her three year old beau held his hand out to her, unprompted, as an invitation.  She giggled and beamed and reached for his hand.  They looked in each other’s eyes and smiled so hard I thought their faces would break.     It is so simple for a two and a half year old.  They hardly even spoke.  They just chased each other around a bench for... read more

Watch your mouth!

By Colleen Lowe Smith   I know that children, especially toddlers, are literal, but it still catches me by surprise sometimes.  Cassidy and I were reading a book the other night: “... and the cat jumped out of his skin!”   “Mommy.” Cassidy says.  “Where his skin?”   We started Montessori toddler class together, which is a whole other story.  I’d been a Montessori pre-school teacher for twelve years and the toddler curriculum is familiar to me, and though there are challenges as mommy/teacher I will expound on another time, there are also surprises.  We don’t... read more

Biting & Kicking & Screaming, Oh My!

A mother wrote in to Mothering.com’s Ask An Expert with an 16-month old son who is biting her, screaming, not listening, hitting, and intimidating his cousin.  My reply: Baby Mine Letter: I certainly understand the frustration you are experiencing with some of you son’s recent behaviors. Emerging from a blissed-out infant stage into an unruly toddler stage can be downright shocking, especially, for an attachment-parenting momma. The first L.O.V.E. Parenting exercise I would recommend is to write a letter to “Baby X.” Write about your experience with him in... read more

Tough Decisions

By Colleen Lowe Smith   My mother has a friend who is psychic.  She called me recently to tell me she had a “reading” and that there was a message for me: there is a little boy wanting to come to me.  “Aw Mom, stop it!”  What I didn’t tell her, as the goosebumps rose, is that I’ve had several dreams of giving birth to a baby boy over the past months.   And I’m so sorry little boy, but I don’t want to be your mom.   ACK! How it kills me to say that! A year ago?  Yes, yes, there could have been room for that, yes, I’d always longed for more than one, a girl,... read more

"Get your own dirt!"

By Colleen Lowe Smith                              It’s fine in theory to think about the massive responsibility it is to be a parent; how much we shape our children by our own actions, behaviors, and responses.  It’s just that there are so many flippant moments that go by that I think we probably miss by the hundreds.   Yesterday at pick up time from our toddler class, Cassidy was playing with her three year old friend, Jane.  I was talking with a couple moms and was half listening to my daughter’s interaction.  Jane had a fistful of dirt and Cassidy... read more

An Interview About Elimination Communication (EC) with Author and Expert Christine Gross-Loh

My guest today is Christine Gross-Loh, a mother of four, an international traveler, a Harvard Ph.D., and—if that’s not already enough!—the author of an excellent book about infant pottying called, The Diaper Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative. JM: I really enjoyed reading your book and I learned so much about elimination communication (EC) and how to go diaper free. Can you tell me a bit of the backstory about how you found out about EC and why you decided to write an entire book about it? CGL: I first saw EC when I was a student living in Japan. The... read more

Of Potty Pauses

We started using elimination communication (EC) with Leone, who’s almost ten months old, when she was just seven weeks old. I’d never known anyone who had a diaper-free baby or who practiced elimination communication until my friend Lizzy loaned me Ingrid Bauer’s Diaper Free! The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene and told me about some of her friends who successfully raised their children without using diapers. At the same time, I discovered that the nation’s expert on elimination communication, Christine Gross-Loh (author of The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural... read more

All of Our Free Time

Two days after Christmas this year, my daughter, Lucy, went through a surgery to have a feeding tube placed in her belly. Lucy has a condition called Rett Syndrome (for more info visit www.rettsyndrome.org). Early on in her life it stole her ability to talk and use her hands. It has prevented her from learning to walk, and now it has robbed her of her ability to eat efficiently enough to continue to grow and thrive. She lost over five pounds in this past year and the doctors agreed that it was time for the feeding tube. Many girls with Rett Syndrome have feeding... read more

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