Celebrate achievements, no matter how small source


What you do matters. Your kids are watching you. source

Encourage independence

Toddlers like to be independent and cope far better emotionally if they can do things themselves source

Mood Counts

Toddlers will pick up on your mood so make sure you’re in a good mood first and they will follow you example. source

Trade off kids

Sitters are hard to find, but parents can help each other by watching each other’s children. A no cost way to recharge yourself. source

Be positive

Parents who express negative emotions toward their infants are likely to find themselves with aggressive kindergartners. source

Parenting success

Nobody’s perfect, so don’t torture yourself with an impossibly high bar for parenting success. source

Lighten Up

Lighten up! Joking with your toddler helps set them up for social success source

Directing your kids

Having trouble? Direct your kids with what you want them to do instead of what you want them to stop doing. source

Language to feelings

Give children language for their feelings. Labeling emotion is first step in brain’s ability to process verbally instead of physically source

Get down

Get down to your child’s level. This helps your child focus on you and your message. source

Be Positive

cultivate a positive attitude, a positive presence and watch many of your family struggles slip away. source

Alone time

Children love spending time alone with just 1 parent. Make sure that they get alone time with a parent as often as possible. source


Children can’t flourish when their parents are repeatedly burning the midnight oil, and on the brink of parenting burnout. source

Being there

Being an involved parent takes time and is hard work, and it often means rethinking and rearranging your priorities. source

Giving little Bobby directions

Always call your child by name rather than simply giving instructions. It is far more effective for a toddler. source


A toddler who was overly protected grows up believing that the world is unsafe and thus becomes shy. source

Don’t spoil them

A spoiled child never develops the life skills he needs to survive and thus becomes overly dependent on others. source

Avoid burnout

A rested parent with private adult time functions so much more efficiently than a parent who is always burned-out. source


A close relationship w/ mommy in early adolescence was associated with better-quality romantic relationships as young adults source