Bringing up Toddlers: Tantrums, Whining & Early Childhood Development
EPISODE: 62 | DATE: November 4, 2021
“That validating of feelings is so critical because the worst thing we can do for our kids is make them feel misunderstood.”
I don’t know about you, but I seem to be parenting two very strong willed children, a 2 year old and a 5 ½ year old. While I know this personality will lend itself well to their leadership abilities for the near and distant future, it can admittedly be a little tough to parent in the moment. Especially when it’s the end of the day and I’d rather tap out and take a breather instead of manage a strong willed temper tantrum about why my daughter doesn’t want to wash her hands after being at the park (like….why? It’s not like we do this after every single trip to the park or anything…).
My guest today specializes in parenting strong willed toddlers and we in this episode, we had a wonderful conversation that touched on:
- Understanding whining and how to manage it
- The psychological mechanisms of why bribes and threats don’t work and what does instead
- A discussion about what positive discipline means and how it’s different from other parenting techniques
- How important it is to set boundaries with your kids (and what that looks like)
- The importance of your own wellbeing as a parent in your ability to access your parenting skills
This is a must-listen to any parent – mom or dad – parenting children under the age of 12, and even more specifically between the ages of 2 and 6 years old.
Danielle Bettmann is an early childhood development educator, parenting coach and founder of Wholeheartedly. Her business supports families with strong-willed toddlers and unbalanced parenting dynamics find strategies for a happy home. Mom to two young girls, Danielle offers a blend of lived experience and educational training. She helps parents extend their patience, rewire their parenting mindset and write a Family Business Plan to foster empathy, belonging and resilience in both children and their parents. Danielle also hosts the Failing Motherhood podcast, aiming to normalize the struggle and share vulnerable stories.
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