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Raising Toddlers

20 Lies You Can (and Do) Tell Your Toddler Without Feeling Guilty

Chris Cate | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Chris Cate

All of your friends are asleep. You like your medicine. I'm not going to tell you again. Mommy and Daddy think vegetables are delicious.

Life Lessons From My Kids' Everyday Existence

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

As adults, we usually don't give ourselves permission to process and express our emotions. But we really need to -- not necessarily in the middle of Target, but as soon as possible.

16 Ways Being A TV News Reporter Prepared Me For Raising A Toddler

Janie Porter | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Janie Porter

When you're in a live truck for your entire shift, you learn to use what you've got to get the job done. It doesn't matter what it is.

17 Reasons Why Raising A Toddler Is One Helluva Workout

Jodi Meltzer | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Jodi Meltzer

Packing healthy, nut-free lunches with cute 'I love you' notes to keep pace with the Bento box moms. Or packing lunches. Either way, anything to do with toddler eating is hard. Muttering "toddlers" and "eating" in the same sentence burns calories in moms. It's a fact.

6 Toddler Behaviors I'd Like To Try for A Day

Meredith Hale | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

While their actions may get them in trouble now and then, toddlers generally get away with things deemed "inappropriate" in the adult world. In fact, sometimes I envy my 1-year-old and his complete lack of inhibition (and, at times, pants).

5 Things Moms Know To Be True

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents

There are countless books by experts who offer advice to help parents deal with the toddler years. Toddlers Are A**holes: It's Not Your Fault is not e...

You Know You Have A Toddler When ...

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.14.2014 | Parents

There are countless books by experts who offer advice to help parents deal with the toddler years. Toddlers Are A**holes: It's Not Your Fault is not e...

I Won't Put A Leash on My Child

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

I'm not going to hover over him all the time and always say "no," or act like every object is a hazard. I'm letting him explore the store using his natural curiosity.

If Toddlers Ruled the World

Chris Cate | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Chris Cate

Naps would be banned and only free-sleep (the act of naturally falling asleep, such as comfortably in a car seat or face down in a cereal bowl) would be permissible, though still frowned upon.

The Not-So-Terrible Twos

Ashlee Gadd | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Ashlee Gadd

Every morning, my 2-year-old brings me his shoes with no destination in mind, no grand plan or ulterior motive. He simply wants to have an adventure. And whether we end up at the park or the bank, he is equally pleased, and says, "Dat was fun!" as we walk back to the car.

The Second Most Useful Phrase I've Learned as a Parent (Toddler Edition)

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

My toddler screeches with joy at meeting another 2-year-old. She holds his hand as they take big steps up the stairs to the slide, the picture of cuteness. She waits at the top of the slide for her new friend to sit down, too, so they can slide down together.

21 Reasons My Toddler and I Aren't Making It Out Today

Meredith Hale | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Toddler has set his chair atop the coffee table, and is seated on it like a king upon his throne. I set about carefully removing him while he loudly laments the injustice of his sudden dethronement.

3 Things My Toddler Taught Me About Life

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

While I have been trying to teach him, he has been teaching me quite a bit about life and how to be successful. Skeptical that a toddler can do that? Well, consider this...

The Top 5 Things My Toddler's Talking About

Meredith Hale | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Meredith Hale

The mind of a toddler is a mysterious place. However, there are keys to this hidden kingdom, in the form of occasionally recognizable syllables, shining like Shakespearean sonnets in a sea of caveman-like grunts.

Independence Day Came Early for Our Little Girl

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 08.31.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

We might be less than a week away from the Fourth of July, but Sienna's been in the throes of a sudden independence streak.

Somebody Call Security! My Scarf's In the Laundry!

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 08.17.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

What is it about this scarf that calms my daughter so? Why does she find such solace in it? Why does one thing call out to a toddler more than another be it a doll, a stuffed animal or a scarf?

Why Toddlers Are Terrible Helpers

Joelle Wisler | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Joelle Wisler

What she was actually doing was attempting to assert her dominance over me via a gradual wearing-down process, one vegetable at a time. It's possible that she was winning.

Southeast Asian Parents -- Here Is What Your Kid's Toddlerhood Looks Like

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Sajeel Qureshi

Taking the best of your culture and passing it onto your kids is a constant work in progress. You have to be prepared for battle from a myriad of external forces, but right now when they are learning right from wrong, is as good a time as ever to start. Enjoy the ride and hands inside the cart at all times.

Why Glitter May be Better Than Math Camp

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Sherri Kuhn

Everyone experiences regret at one point or another -- it's part of life. And I'm not just talking about that spring break trip to Mexico, the unfortunate tattoo or that horrible haircut you had senior year in high school.

Teach Your Toddler Empathy

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.22.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Even though children don't have the cognitive skills to understand empathy fully until the age of 8 or 9, parents can begin teaching empathy to their children early on.

Sorry, Son, But It's Not Me, It's You!

Mike Julianelle | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Several months into the carnival of horrors that is my son's threenage wasteland, I'm done taking the blame for his crappy behavior.

5 Secrets Of Super-Happy Parents With Well-Behaved Kids

Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D.

Regressions are normal, especially with toddlers. Every time your child takes a step forward toward growing up more (whether that is using a toilet, sleeping in a bed, starting school, or mastering the jungle gym on the playground), they are also reminded of how much they need you.

The One Thing All Parents Can Count On

Jennifer Benjamin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Benjamin

With babies and toddlers, everything is a phase and we as parents are powerless against their continuous evolution. Their habits are always in flux -- nothing is forever, good or bad.

A Letter To My Son Regarding Mother's Day

Mike Julianelle | Posted 07.11.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

We're going to brunch and we're gonna have a good time, and you're going to lay off the screaming and the tantrums and the defiance and everything else for the day.

If Your Toddler Could Write A To-Do List ...

nickmom | Posted 03.21.2013 | Parents

By Adrienne Hedger for NickMom Toddlers are VERY unpredictable. But we’ve got some secret insight into their daily to-do list, which should help ...