Real-world, from-the-trenches toddler parenting advice from the author of the bestselling Oh Crap! Potty Training.
Toddlers—commonly defined as children aged between two and five years old—can be a horribly misunderstood bunch. What most parents view as bad behavior is in fact just curious behavior. Toddlerdom is the age of individuation, seeking control, and above all, learning how the world works. But this misunderstanding between parents and child can lead to power struggles, tantrums, and even diminished growth and creativity.
The recent push of early intellectualism coupled with a desire to “make childhood magical” has created a strange paradox—we have three-year-olds with math and Mandarin tutors who don’t know how to dress themselves and are sitting in their own poop. We are pushing the toddler mind beyond its limit but simultaneously keeping them far below their own natural capabilities.
In the frank, funny, and totally authentic Oh Crap! I Have a Toddler, social worker Jamie Glowacki helps parents work through what she considers the five essential components of raising toddlers:
—Engaging the toddler mind
—Working with the toddler body
—Understanding and dealing with the toddler behavior
—Creating a good toddler environment
—You, the parent
Oh Crap! I Have a Toddler is about doing more with less—and bringing real childhood back from the brink of over-scheduled, over-stimulated, helicopter parenting. With her signature down-and-dirty, friend-to-friend advice, Jamie is here to help you experience the joy of parenting again and giving your child—and yourself—the freedom to let them grow at their own pace and become who they are.
About the Author
Jamie Glowacki is an internationally recognized potty training and parenting expert. Her two former careers as social worker and circus performer make her uniquely qualified to deal with toddlers (and poop). She is the author of Oh Crap! Potty Training and Oh Crap! I Have a Toddler. Visit her at JamieGlowacki.com.
Table of Contents
The Parent Part of the Book
Chapter 1 Boundaries 13
Chapter 2 Parenting Philosophies 39
Chapter 3 Connection 51
Chapter 4 Parents' Self-Care 67
Chapter 5 Not Enough Time 93
Chapter 6 Parental Anxiety 115
Chapter 7 Reactionary Parenting 125
The Kid Part of the Book
Engaging the Toddler Mind
Chapter 8 Stop Educating 147
Chapter 9 Executive Functioning 161
Chapter 10 Stop Talking So Much 173
Chapter 11 Cultivating Creativity 183
Working with the Toddler Body
Chapter 12 Proprioception and Vestibular Movement 195
Chapter 13 Free Play versus Structured Play 211
Chapter 14 More Sleep, Lots More 219
Chapter 15 Validating Feelings 231
Understanding Toddler Behavior
Chapter 16 Discipline and Why Time-outs Suck 239
Chapter 17 They Just Don't Listen 255
Chapter 18 Transitions and Preparing the Child 265
Chapter 19 Food and Behavior 277
My Final Words: YOU GOT THIS 287