Will my child ever be polite? Control battles, aggression, back talk and other challenges of the toddler years (ages 2 to 5)
Hear Dr. Tovah Klein, author of How Toddler Thrive and Director of the Barnard Toddler Center discuss the developmental underpinnings and why toddlers do what they do. Seeing the world through the eyes of your child helps shift the way you parent, making life easier and more enjoyable for you and your child.
The toddler years (ages 2-5) are a time when children begin to separate and form a sense of self. As they discover who they are and the world around them, their desire to make decisions and have control escalates. Your child is trying to make their way in the world, and it is not always easy. Having choices, but not too many choices is important as they learn to navigate the world and to express their desires.
Dr Klein will share insights and strategies for making these tender but tough-at-times years less rocky.
Does your child:
- Refuse to eat certain foods? Make mealtimes a battle?
- Act sweet one moment and demanding the next?
- Dawdle and drag out bedtime?
- Refuse to use the potty?
- Use No! and Mine! as favorite words?
- Insist on wearing the same clothes item every day?
- Refuse to say hello or responds with a 'sassy' attitude?
- Ignore your requests completely?
- Insist that only one parent will do?
- Q&A and book signing
Dr. Klein will provide tips for setting reasonable limits at this age that help prevent control battles, avoid shaming children and empower both the parent and toddlers.
Tovah Klein, Ph.D. is Director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of How Toddlers Thrive: What parents can do today for children ages 2 to 5 to plant the seeds of lifelong success (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
. She has spent nearly three decades conducting research on the development of toddlers and working with toddlers and families. Her writing and advice appears in newspapers, magazines, on TV and social media. She was a developmental advisor to Sesame Workshop and is an advisor to children's programs worldwide including Ubuntu Education Fund, and Children’s Museum of Manhattan.Her new book, How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2 to 5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success, offers parents and educators a window into this unique part of childhood while offering tips and practical advice.