One of my hardest parenting lessons happened when my son was about a year and a half. Seemingly overnight, my lovely little blue-eyed baby turned into a tiny hissing grouch monster with flailing feet and fists. He went from generally amenable around transitions to someone I had to carry kicking and screaming from grandma’s house, the resale shop and various restaurants. …
It’s hard to know when we can handle what’s happening for our kids and when we need professional help. Fortunately you can call a therapist and ask her.
Sometimes when you try to change your friends and family’s need for sameness will be so great that they will refuse to see that you have grown into something different.
People can’t learn to be brave unless they’re scared first; courage doesn’t exist without fear.
When your child was a baby, maybe you never thought he’d sleep through the night. When she was a toddler, maybe you never thought she would potty train. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that your children will do the things you so desperately want them to do — walk without the stroller, sit down and read a book, start brushing …
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