The (Terrifying) Transition to Toddlerhood

Abigail gets an Instagram message from a confused dad whose sweet little baby is just becoming a toddler. He asks, “What discipline tools actually work with toddlers?”

This week is toddler week on the podcast!

Abigail sees an Instagram message from a dad whose sweet little baby is just becoming a toddler. He asks “What discipline tools actually work with toddlers?”

Elle and Abigail look into how it feels to have your baby transition into toddlerhood, and some of the behaviors that parents can expect to see.

Listen to The (Terrifying) Transition to Toddlerhood

They explore the causes behind why toddlers may act the way they do and they offer several key ideas for guiding a child through his or her big (loud) feelings, which differ from usual mainstream responses.

Listen to Hand in Hand The Podcast, Episode 2: The Terrifying Transition to Toddlerhood

  • Parents find out what they can do when a child hits bites and pulls hair – all common traits seen in toddlerhood.
  • We talk about how responding with play responds to this age group’s own language.
  • And see why moving in close to set limits can be a good alternative to methods like lectures and timeouts.

More Information and Resources:

This is the article that Elle mentions about moving away from punishments: How Is it Possible to Parent Without Punishment?

And please enjoy this free giveaway: A guide to 6 Tips for Easing the Transition to Toddlerhood

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