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  1. Judy Arnall
    TIME-OUT, GROUNDING, CONSEQUENCES NOT WORKING? TRY ANOTHER APPROACH! PROBLEM-SOLVING is the premier discipline tool that focuses on the problem, not the person and builds communication and relationships. When you look at your child now and imagine the teenage years ahead, does the image fill...
  2. Family Life
    Have you ever been at a play date, or in a public play place when the inevitable happens? Two kids want the same toy. Both moms feel obligated to force their kid to share. After all, that's good parenting, right? I don't think so. I write bearing good news: you don't need to force your kid to...
  3. Judy Arnall
    One day it happens. Your cute, adorable, cuddly baby has turned into a toddler. And she's discovered the word, "NO"! Emphatic, heart stopping, and powerful. The word no is a favorite among children because they hear it so often from parents when they mean business. Children are corrected many...
  4. Judy Arnall
    Why do Toddlers Hit? Is it genes or environment? by Judy Arnall, BA, CCFE, DTM It's natural for toddlers to hit, but where does this aggression come from? Actually, it is in our genes. We evolved from humans who could fight and defend their lives, territory and loved ones, and they passed on...
  5. The Childhood Years
    5 year old screaming "STOP" over and over makes it impossible to communicate I have a five year old girl. Things will be going just fine until I say it's time for bed. She curls up, screams, stomps, and shouts "STOP!" for no reason. To be clear, I'm just standing far away, not doing anything...
  6. Family Life
    They're a fact of life it seems: toddler tantrums. But how we deal with our toddlers' melt-downs makes all the difference in them and in us. Here are some ways to gently parent through toddler tantrums (and maintain your sanity in the process). When I was finally pregnant, I knew I wanted to be...
  7. Family Life
    A father came to the rescue of his tiny dancer suffering stage fright and has shown the world that ballerinas come in all shapes, sizes, and genders. Marc Daniels was watching his two-year-old daughter Bella in her first dance recital at Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda when he realized she had a...
  8. Toddler & Child
    While our children can have meltdowns over seemingly anything, the vast majority of these explosions of emotion can be attributed to at least one of three reasons: Is my child hungry? Is my child tired? Is my child sick? Before you totally discount me, think about yourself whenever you're...
  9. Judy Arnall
    Here is a great slide that shows the development of executive function in children's pre-frontal cortex. Notice the 2 big leaps - one from age 3 to 6 and the second from age 13-25 years. This is why children under age 5 years comply (listen) to their parent's requests less than 40% of the...
  10. The Childhood Years
    I need some insight - PLEASE! please. My daughter is 3 1/2 and has been spirited and very demanding since she was an infant. We just adapt to her needs, give her lots focused attention and positive reinforcement. We do not spank (and never will) and overall have gentle parenting style, but still...
  11. Life with a Toddler
    My 14 month old son is throwing HUGE tantrums. Like back-arching-thrashing-red-faced-and-sweating kind of tantrums over anything. It can be he doesn't want to get in his car seat or I had to take something away from him that he wasn't supposed to have, or even I just walked out of the room to...
  12. New Member Introductions
    I have a 3 year old little boy and this opinion may come with come biases but he he is normally a well mannered kid. He never really throws tantrums and in almost any situation we can reason with him to get him to do what we need him to do and has always responded very well to the threat or...
  13. Special Needs Parenting
    I have also posted this in the toddler forum. is that agaisnt any rules? So first of all a little background. I am a single mom with two boys, my oldest will soon be 5, and my youngest will soon be 3. Their father was an abusive man, I suffered many years through this, when it started happening...
  14. Life with a Toddler
    so first of all a little background. I am a single mom with two boys, my oldest will soon be 5, and my youngest will soon be 3. Their father was an abusive man, I suffered many years through this, when it started happening to my son was the end of it. My oldest has his own set of problems...
  15. Life with a Toddler
    So our son is two and half and has just begun having a handful of Chernobyl-level meltdowns.
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