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A friend recently sent me a link to THIS STORY by NPR about a researcher in the 1970s who noticed that the Inuit community where she was staying had very strong cultural expectations about people controlling their negative emotions (especially anger and disappointment). Although they never raised their voices to reprimand their children, all of […]

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A friend recently sent me a link to THIS STORY by NPR about a researcher in the 1970s who noticed that the Inuit community where she was staying had very strong cultural expectations about people controlling their negative emotions (especially anger and disappointment). Although they never raised their voices to reprimand their children, all of […]

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Many of my readers don’t know that my mom is none other than Rahima Baldwin Dancy, author of the classic early childhood book You Are Your Child’s First Teacher.  Up till now I’ve kept it mostly on the down-low, but now I’m letting the cat out of the bag!  So…if you’ve read her book, then […]

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Children thrive when we slow down and do things with a “sense of spaciousness”: the attitude that we have enough attention for our task AND the child(ren), and that we have all the time in the world for whatever is happening right now.  During the holiday season it can be especially hard to slow down.  […]

The post Holiday Craft Projects with Kids appeared first on Joyful Toddlers!.

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Everywhere you look, the message about toddlers is that they are “terrible,” that their favorite word is NO, and that they’re using all of their energy to become independence from us.  However, this cultural paradigm has gotten it all wrong!  Toddlers and parents are not going from connection to independence.  Rather, they are transitioning from […]

The post How To Avoid the Terrible Twos appeared first on Joyful Toddlers!.

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Dear Miss Faith, My 2yo son screams bloody murder every time I wash his hair.  I’m ever so slow and careful, but nothing seems to help.  He particularly hates it when water falls into his ears, which is almost impossible to avoid 100%.  It’s gotten to the point where he starts crying as soon as […]

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Something I haven’t talked about much here on the Joyful Toddlers blog is the fact that my daughter (who is four and a half now, as I’m writing this) was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), also called Verbal Apraxia.  When it was a big deal it felt too scary to talk about in […]

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I know that parents are always on the lookout for healthy snacks that kids love.  I serve these Oat Bars at my outdoor parent-child Play Garden classes, and parents always ask for the recipe.  Well, here it is!  They are super simple, with healthy ingredients, and the children love them. Healthy Oat Bars Preheat oven […]

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Dear Miss Faith, My son is almost three and he’s very verbal, be he talks SO LOUDLY, all the time.  I am very sensitive to noise and sometimes I feel like I can hardly stand to be around him.  Telling him to talk more quietly doesn’t seem to have any effect. Dear Mama, I get […]

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I was pleased to be approached by Gail Cornwall (gailcornwall.com) for a review copy of Joyful Toddlers & Preschoolers: Create A Life that You and Your Child Both Love.  Gail is a freelancer for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Salon, The New York Times, among others.  She also writes parenting articles for Scary Mommy, Parenting Magazine, […]

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