Are you feeling more and more..like a stressed-out mom to your toddler?
Consider this a toolbox of resources for parenting toddlers when you're feeling overwhelmed. If you're struggling with challenging behaviors since the pandemic, we created a parenting course with a dozen experts to share strategies.
In this guide below, you'll 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 feeling stressed or anxious)
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!
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.
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.
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.)
When our kids are acting out, the behavior is a form of communication. We're hearing from parents seeing more intense, challenging behavior..but don't assume your child is just being difficult. Behavior is often 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 and social media scrolls of other parents' highlight reels have you feeling overwhelmed, listen to Connection. Because connection is what our kids need most. And it's in the simple, small moments where we connect with our kids (and it doesn't take long to fill the connection bucket.).
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.
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:
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
**All photos shared with permission from Yummy Toddler Food.
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. In my consulting work, I've been 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.
All About Feelings
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.
Baked Carrot Fries With Olive Oil
Click here for recipe
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Chocolate Avocado Pudding
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Coconut Milk
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Favorite cool activity online:
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
+ our favorite potty book by Mo!
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!