10 Responses to “Toddlers are easier than you think…”
Hello!!! I am from Colombia. I want to teach my 2 year to stop hitting others when he plays with them or want a toy they have. How can turned my agressive child to a sociable habppy toddler.
I am mother of 4 children my third child is 9 years old and he is mental retarded and l face a lot of difficult to interact with fourth child so l stay few hours with him and go to work . teach me what to do intreact with my child l a lmost fogret hwo to do it
Please take a look at our Happiest Toddler DVD…it works in just days to help toddlers 8 months to 5 years be more patient, cooperative and better behaved…and it is in Spanish and English on the same DVD!
Hi Rodrigo, I recommend you start using a good white noise CD or machine all night and read the section on sleep – specifically the technique, twinkle interruptus – in FIRST EDITION of The Happiest Toddler (it’s no longer in book stores, you’ll have to find it at a library or second hand store).
Hi Doctor! My son is 20 months old and he loves hitting me when he is mad or sometimes he just hits me without any reason. He won’t do it to his dad or grandma, but he does it to me and when I tell him NO, THAT HURTS… he just starts laughing and does it again. I guess for him is like a game… I have told him that mommy is not his piñata, but I just can’t stop him. Any suggestions, please?
Hi Angela, It is normal for 20 month olds to hit, but you do want to give him a serious response to get him to stop. Please take a look at the chapter in The Happiest Toddler on the Block book about “yellow light” behaviors (like pinching, hair pulling, biting)…it will give you some fast and effective techniques like “Toddler-ese”, “clap-growl-double take” and “kind ignoring.” Have fun! Dr. Karp
Hi Gail, If he is just using the bottle to comfort for sleep and when he is run down during the day, there is no need to wean the bottle yet. Think of it like an oral Teddy Bear…and speaking of that, does he have a lovey? If you encourage that now, it will be easier for him to transition off the bottle in the year to come.
That was really sweet of your to tell me! I am thrilled that my baby work has become so accepted by parents, but I have met with more skepticism on my toddler work. DId you also see the DVD…I recommend parents watch that first to understand the unusual techniques…then the book adds a lot of extra info. My goal this year is to really help more parents understand how these easy toddler steps can make a huge difference in their behavior (8m-5y)…and help build their confidence for the rest of their lives!
Danke for writing! Actually, The Happiest Toddler techniques start at 8-9 months…they can work well with preverbal children. However, like the 5 S’s, toddler-ese and the other tips need to be done correctly to be effective. Most parents find they do best when they watch the Happiest TOddler DVD 2-3 times (it is only 30 minutes long…and hopefully entertaining) …and then the book makes a lot more sense.
Good Luck! Dr. Karp
We have been using the happiest toddler techniques with our son for almost 2 years now. Other parents routinely ask us “Is he always so happy?”. We are glad to answer that “Most of the time , yes!” Happiest Toddler worked for us!