Are you feeling more and more..like a stressed-out mom to your toddler?

Consider this a toolbox of resources for parenting toddlers through a crisis, like the current pandemic. 

Find resources for

  • how to help you and your child feel calm when anxiety levels are high

  • how to get in the right mindset for potty training your toddler

  • what are some easy fast foods (that also help with the poop if your child is poop withholding due to the anxiety in the air)

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5 Podcasts to help Moms feeling Anxious

Check out these podcast episodes by Jamie Glowacki, author of Oh Crap I Have a Toddler.

Feeling anxious about potty training?
Here are resources to help!


Mental Health


This episode speaks about mental health as self care. We can't show up for our kids if we're feeling worn out, drained, and on edge. Jamie shares practical tips for how to deal with mild anxiety as well as how to know if you need more help. 


Psycho Mom

Even if you're trying to be the most gentle, conscientious mom, Psycho Mom can come out if you don't find ways to release that steam.This podcast shares practical tips to avoid losing your cool with your kids, and how to fix it if you do.  


They Just Won't Listen

Do you feel like your toddler doesn't listen to you?  In this episode, Jamie shares why it feels that way (how a child's brain processes words) and how to speak to help your toddler follow directions. Break the pattern of you trying to get your toddler to do the simple stuff (feeling like you're saying the same thing over and over.)


"Bad" Behavior

When our kids are acting out, the behavior is a form of communication. What we're seeing in light of this crisis is an uptick in behavior..but don't assume your child is just being difficult. Especially now, behavior is more likely rooted in some level of anxiety around all the change and stress around them. This episode also shares tips on how to avoid the epic meltdowns. 



If the endless lists of resources, online teaching tools, and activities you can be doing with your child while at home (possibly filling in as teacher) have you feeling overwhelmed, listen to Connection. Because connection is what our kids need most. 

Children's Books to Help with

the Tough Stuff

The Invisible String

We used The Invisible String to deal with the tough topic of death (there's one page that references it) but it's really a helpful tool for separation anxiety, too. Especially coming out of stay-at-home with the pandemic, we're hearing of strong separation anxiety issues. The author came up with the idea of the invisible string as a single mom facing tough drop-offs at preschool with her son. 

What are germs?

Here's my favorite book for talking to kids about what virus germs are, why it's so important to wash your hands. And What Are Germs is a lift-the-flap book which helps keep kids interacting with you.

All About Feelings

We're all feeling a lot of feelings right now. And this book helps preschoolers and school-age kids name and chat about feelings. It's a little bit easier to act and find a solution when we can recognize what we're feeling. What Are Feelings is another favorite. 

When Sadness is at Your Door

This book is a sweet, honest look at how sadness can feel, and helps children relate to this big emotion in visual ways that don't feel scary. Good for readers who are 3 or 30. Every time I read this book I feel a little lighter. 


How do you talk about death with a young child? I connected with this book Lifetimes that explains death in relation to life cycles and endings. From plants to animals and people. 

The Rabbit Listened

To help kids through tough stuff (big and small) it's always best to be a good listener. This sweet book is one of my favorites for talking through what helps you feel better is not someone doing, but simply someone listening. You want to feel heard. 

Lunch Lines

We all need a laugh and this joke book is fun for meal times (or any time) you want to get some giggles from your toddler. 

Bathroom Tiles

Slowing Down at Home Helps with Potty Training

It's true that staying close to home is the ideal setup for the early days of potty training. Here's what to expect and why slowing down helps with potty training your toddler.


But Keep Out the Pressure Vibe When You Start Potty Training

There's pressure that can come in...that pressure to get things right, which can lead to potty resistance.

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What if you Start to See

Big Feelings from your Toddler?

There are a lot of feelings to be feeling right now. Here's a look at how to help your child with those big feelings

Speaking of potty training and poop...it's easier when you add in foods that help your child poop!

Here are a few foods ( full fats are best) that prime the poop
to make it easier to catch a poop in the potty:
  • coconut milk
  • avocado
  • olive oil
  • butter
Below you'll find a few favorite easy-to-make recipes for toddlers and your family by Amy Palanjian of Yummy Toddler Food, that use these helpful poop primers as a core ingredient. Snacks and meals that are easy to make and help avoid toddler constipation! #winwin
Baked Carrot Fries With Olive Oil

Click here for recipe

Recipe photos posted with permission, all by Yummy Toddler Food

Butter Chicken

Click here for the recipe

Recipe photos posted with permission, all by Yummy Toddler Food

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Click here for the recipe

Recipe photos posted with permission, all by Yummy Toddler Food

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk

Click here for the recipe​​

Recipe photos posted with permission, all by Yummy Toddler Food


Favorite cool activity online:

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

There are educational screen time options that really hit it out of the park, and this one's our favorite. Mo is hilarious, beyond being a super talented artist and author. We've been doodling as a family thanks to these Lunch Doodles with Mo!