The world suddenly changed, seemingly overnight.
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)
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!
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Favorite cool activity online:
+ our favorite potty book by Mo!
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!