Life Admin for Toddler Parents

They grow up so fast!  Your newborn is a toddler before you know it.  Leslie and Ryan discuss how to set up your toddler for success in life. 

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Ep-58 Life Admin For Toddler ParentsLife Admin
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Set the table

Toddlerdom Starts about the time kid can get on the move and has the option/choices to leave parents and start self-serving desires. Those options come for a being that has few functional internal governors and no toleration for frustration. Hence the mayhem and meltdowns we associate with toddlerdom. 

 

A few life admin facts about toddlerdom

  • Schedules and routines are your friends here. 

    • Use them, rarely deviating more than 30 minutes. You will get burned. 

    • The new family normal

  • Still need flexibility. For example, meals, because toddlers don’t eat consistently and they do eat in streaks.

  • Transportation: car seats and other issues.

  • Interior decor. The three foot line

  • Garden design

 

A few to dos during toddlerdom

  • Start teaching chores

  • Set boundaries and let them explore within those boundaries. 

    • baby proofing

    • saying no

    • 2 choices

  • Oh, the problems a little bit of food or an hour earlier to bed can solve! 

  • Know what the meltdowns are about. Not the subject matter, but the meta: lack of frustration coping mechanisms or insecurity about new independence [discuss the clinging phase]​

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64/ How to Delegate

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63/ Back To School

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