How often have you heard from parents with older children say, “Oh boy, they grow up so fast!” It may not seem so when you’re mired in diapers or chasing a two-year old, but the universal experience of parenting is that the older a child gets the faster time speeds by.
When we’re hustling to get a child out the door and make it to the bus stop on time, or watching in horror as our toddler throws a tantrum in the aisles of the grocery store, it can be hard to be the chill, measured parent we hoped we would be. When an older kid breaks curfew, or fails a class, or struggles to make friends, we lie awake at night fretting for hours, because we know there is no easy solution.
Your baby boy gazes at you adoringly, breaks into a smile that reveals his toothless gums and laughs out loud—he has a sense of humor! He is so smart! He’s responding to my face, you think —and then he farts. Your baby girl is gloriously happy wiggling her arms and legs around frantically – she looks so content and happy–… and then she begins to shriek—is she scared? is something hurting her? is she just bored?
I always thought I just wanted my two kids to be happy and healthy. Then they started sprouting like weeds—walking, talking, entering school, navigating social life, becoming young adults. Over time, I came to realize that “happy and healthy” as a goal was pretty vague.
Source: Zerotothree.com Toddlers and Biting: Finding the Right Response Feb 22, 2016 Trying your best to understand the underlying cause of the biting will help you develop an effective response. Children bite in order to cope with a challenge or fulfill a need. Over time, and with assistance, your child will stop biting and use more appropriate ways to express her needs. (Credit: Zoeytoja / Shutterstock.com)
We discovered Dr. Robert Hamilton via Today Parents in December 2015 after he posted his secret hold to YouTube and received nearly 6 million views in the course of a few days!
At a holiday party a few weeks ago, our friendly cocktail party conversation turned to parenting—and soon became interesting! The topic was: in today’s world, what’s a parent’s job spec?