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Epi #109. Navigating Toddlerhood with Confidence with Devon from @transformingtoddlerhood

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Epi #109. Navigating Toddlerhood with Confidence with Devon from @transformingtoddlerhood

Navigating Toddlerhood with Confidence with Devon from @transformingtoddlerhood

Introduction: Unveiling the Secrets to Serene Toddler Parenting

Embarking on the journey of toddler parenting can often feel like navigating a ship through a storm. 

Today, we're here to equip you with expert advice and proven strategies to help you steer through these tumultuous waters with greater ease and confidence. Join us as we delve into the insights shared by Devon from Transforming Toddlerhood and myself, Marcela Collier, head coach of HIC Parenting Education. 

I had the pleasure of finally inviting Devon onto my podcast—a moment both surreal and exhilarating. Known for her transformative approach to toddlerhood, Devon has been a figure I've admired for years, and her invitation to speak at the renowned Transforming Toddlerhood Conference was nothing short of a dream come true.

Transforming Toddlerhood Conference: A Crucible of Parenting Wisdom

Imagine a place where the myth of the "terrible twos" is dismantled and replaced with a nurturing blueprint for growth. 

The Transforming Toddlerhood Conference, now in its seventh year, is exactly that. 

This free event brings together over 25 experts who discuss everything from sleep to discipline, emotional resilience, and beyond. Here, parents find not just strategies but also solace in a community that understands the unique challenges of raising toddlers.

Q&A Session: Addressing Your Burning Questions

One of the pressing questions from a parent named Marie concerns her one-year-old expressing emotions through hitting. Recognizing this as a developmentally appropriate behavior, we discuss not the cessation of such actions but the transformation through understanding and skill-building. This shift from suppression to support is crucial in nurturing a well-adjusted child.

The Role of Sensory Needs and Behavioral Patterns

Addressing neurodivergent children, I share insights from personal experience, emphasizing the importance of understanding sensory sensitivities and preemptive accommodations to avoid overwhelming situations. 

Tracking behavioral patterns plays a critical role, helping parents preempt and adapt to their child's needs effectively.

Managing Playful Aggression Among Toddlers

When asked about toddlers who play fight, the conversation shifts towards understanding the underlying needs that drive such behaviors. 

It's not about stopping the fights but redirecting the energy in positive ways, using strategies like structured play or identifying when to intervene based on the children's tolerance levels.

Setting the Stage for Healthy Bedtime Routines

Lindsay's concern about her daughter delaying bedtime opens a discussion on sleep patterns and environmental adjustments. 

It's crucial to create a calming atmosphere that invites sleep rather than forcing it, ensuring the child's nervous system is at ease.

Empowering Children Through Choice and Responsibility

The power of "no" from a toddler should be seen as a step towards autonomy. 

We discuss how establishing routines and clear expectations can integrate tasks like cleaning up toys into the daily rhythm, respecting the child's developmental stage and attention span.

Conclusion: Fostering Independence and Connection

Our discussion underscores the importance of connection over control. 

Whether it’s managing bedtime or cleaning routines, the goal is to walk alongside your child, guiding them with a gentle hand and a clear mind.

To listen to this expert Q&A about toddler parenting, we invite you to listen to our latest episode of The Parenting With Understanding™️ Podcast.

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