Newborns are hard, but at least they stay where you put them. Toddlers get around, and quickly! Blink and they're gone, teetering on the edge of a chair, waving a knife in the air, putting things in their mouths that you would never put in yours. To make it worse, they have minds of their own and some of them are beginning to talk.
And preschoolers! Yes, they're starting to dress themselves and eat without help. Yes, they're starting to understand what's safe and what isn't. And yes, they can talk. But then there are the tantrums and the power struggles. There are the toileting issues. There are the things they'll eat and the things they won't. There are the sleep problems and the nightmares. Kindergarten and elementary school are coming up, but you worry about how you'll ever get them there.
Practical Solutions Parent Coaching
Practical, useful help:
- Understanding normal development -- what you can work with and what you can't
- Preventing or reducing temper tantrums
- How not to scream even when you're feeling like it
- Feeling comfortable when your child is acting out in public
- Maintaining adult relationships
- Taking time for yourself