This website has advice on parenting, behaviour, potty training, parties, tantrums and treasure hunts. Welcome to your survival kit for life with kids aged 1 -3!
This age group can be incredibly challenging, but at the same time an enormous amount of fun.
It won't be long before the domestic warcry "I'm boooooored" replaces the emotional ups and downs of these younger years.
The main thing to remember about kids of this age is that their world revolves around their own needs.
There is no point in wishing this was otherwise - selfishness is a natural part of the way these youngsters behave.
The main way this comes out is through attention seeking.
Attention seeking is in the DNA of every 1 - 3 year old. So how do you deal with it?
Turn it to your advantage. There are lots of ways you can persuade your toddler to behave without resorting to coercion - shouting or spanking have no place in effective and loving parenting.
The All Important Window
Did you know that the first 5 years of life are critical for a child's lifelong development? That means that if they don't learn the basics in this timeframe, they will have massive problems later on.
And it's not just physical development. Like it or not, the emotional messages we send out to our little ones get embedded in their minds. Of course anything is shiftable later in life - but isn't it better to get as much as you can right at this age for your child?
The good news is that losing your temper with your child will not scar them for life. The important thing is to balance the telling off with lots of positive input to help build their fragile self esteem.
Not Just Another Toddler Site
My name is Harriet Morris and I started this website when my oldest child was a toddler. You can hear more about my story here - the short version is that I have a lot of experience with kids who have emotional and special needs. I quickly realised that although some of the techniques I was using as a teacher had variable success rates with my students, they were virtually guaranteed to work with a 2 year old!
At the same time, I noticed that most websites for parenting under 4's were full of advice like "Keep calm".
Keep calm! The last thing you want to hear when you feel stressed is a description of how you'd like to be.
What you need at such times is a practical way to manage your stress.
So that's how I came up with the concept behind Toddler Ideas - real things that real, un-perfect parents can do to make life easier for both their child and themselves.