Ever have a moment with your toddler–a maddening and completely mind-boggling parenting moment–when all you can think is, I wish someone could just tell me what to do?
I’ve had plenty of those. When my younger son was born and had the nerve to be totally different from his older brother in everything from temperament and sleep (or lack thereof) to mood and volume level (read: “This One Goes to Eleven“), I was totally thrown for a loop.
I’d heard tale of a local parent educator who held a class that was part play time for kids, part education for parents. Rumor was, she had the answers. I signed up. And immediately became a big fan.
Dr. Yvonne Gustafson (Dr. Y. as she’s often called) has an approach that’s understanding of your child’s emotions and development–but that also keeps you in control. She has a way of addressing parenting dilemmas that makes you feel reassured and capable. Even better, she gives you the words you need for those maddening moments. There were times I considered begging Dr. Y. to come live with us for a few days. Even better, a few years.
Now she has a book, with co-author Kendra Hovey, and I almost wish I could climb into a time machine and have a do-over of the toddler years–with this book in my hands.
Tools For The Toddler Years is an invaluble guidebook for navigating what the toddlers years hand you: meltdowns, rocky transitions, potty training, playdates, and sleep issues. The book’s “Glance & Go Guides” are particularly brilliant at distilling what you need to know and do NOW in an easy-to-scan format.
If you have a toddler, trust me when I say: You need this book! And if you know someone who will have a toddler and has no idea what’s in store for her (poor thing), this book would make a perfect baby gift.
The authors are giving away a copy of Tools For The Toddler Years to one Real Mom Nutrition reader.
To enter, leave a comment telling me your biggest parenting challenge with your toddler (or why you want this book).
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The giveaway ends Friday June 20 at noon noon Eastern Time. The winner will be selected using Random.org. (Open to residents of U.S. and Canada only please.)
To purchase a copy, go here.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Tools For The Toddler Years (which I am totally taking in that time machine, should it ever be invented).