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Where Were The Parents!? They Ask

where were the parents

Firstly, the picture goes viral because the vast majority of parents are sitting behind their computer screen going “ahahaha, yeah, been there, done that” OR at the very least can go “Oh, I totally can see how that went down”

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Is It Okay To Call Your Child An Asshole?

is it okay to call your child an asshole

I recently read a blog post by a blog ModernLifeWife31 titled "It's NEVER OK to call your toddler an ASSHOLE" and it keeps popping up in my Facebook newsfeed so I feel like I should form some kind of response to it.

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Christmas Shopping with a Child

Christmas Shopping with a Child

Firstly - don’t.It’s a bad idea.You know it’s a bad idea. You know you’ll never get away with it. No matter how clever your ninja skills are, or how incredibly well you plan it - they’ll look, they’ll know. It wont work.

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Christmas trees for toddlers

oh christmas tree

With my youngest it apparently has some kind of calling beacon telling him to just touch it. When he started wanting to touch things on the tree the play pen was erected and it kept our tree safe for a year.

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6 Reasons Why I Wear My Toddler

babywearing toddler

My youngest baby is 2 ½ and has been carried in a sling or carrier of some sort since she was a newborn. I wanted to baby wear with her for a number of reasons.

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Rewards, Incentives and Bribing Children

bribing children

But I do have some reservations about bribing children to behave in a certain way. I'm not going to say do it or not do it. I'm in no way an expert at parenting and I'm absolutely not an expert on YOUR children, I can only share my thoughts based on what has (and hasn't) worked for me and MY children.

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Tantrums; Theirs and Mine

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My two year old has had three epic tantrums in the past ninety minutes. There is chewed up corn on the rug. And non-chewed rice. And a spoon. And possibly what is left of my sanity, smooshed up in the bits of corn and rice.

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Talking to Toddlers

Polite, respectful and friendly.

These words are what come to mind when I think about talking to toddlers. I have on many occasions been witness to a number of family and friends speaking to my 3 year old and my 9 month old in a way that makes me cringe.

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Why All The Questions

questions

According to this study children ask a lot of questions. I know. Ground breaking. Who knew? The most prolific questioners are girls aged 4 years, asking a whopping 390 questions per day, which is an average of a question every 1 minute and 56 seconds while awake.

My daughter is nearly 3 and this sounds about accurate to me. Though 385 of those questions are simply “Why?”

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Babywearing Misconceptions

Babywearing Misconceptions

This post was prompted by a very well-meaning and brief conversation with my sweet older neighbour a few mornings ago, as I carried my 2 and half year old daughter on my back in her Ergobaby carrier home after dropping her brother off at school. As we crossed paths he told my daughter she’s lazy, she should be walking and that she shouldn't be carried on my back.

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7 Gentle and Effective Ways to Respond When Your Child Acts Aggressive

child acts aggressive

It’s a stab to the heart… When your gently raised child starts biting, hitting, pushing and smacking. You always hear that children learn by watching their parents… but YOU do not bite, hit, push or smack, so why is your child? It’s baffling and it can become quite frustrating to deal with. Deep down in your heart, you know that you’re doing the right thing by not using authoritative punishment for your child, but you’re seriously questioning yourself and don’t know what to do.

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Feeding a Fussy Eater

fussy eater

A long time ago, before I had children, someone told me they cooked their family multiple meals a night to cater to their family’s individual tastes. I thought that was ridiculous. I thought: one day, when I have a family, there is no way I’ll be making an alternate dinner for anyone.Even later on when my son was a toddler a friend vented her frustration at the fuss of cooking two meals a night; a “kids” meal and an “adults” meal. I still thought heck no! That’s not happening in my home.

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Introducing A New Baby To An Older Sibling

introducing a new baby

The idea of introducing a new baby to your first baby can be a little daunting. There's no way to know beforehand how they'll respond to an enormous change in their lives like becoming a big brother or sister. The best we can do is prepare our older child as much as we can and prepare ourselves to make the household run as smoothly as possible. But at the end of the day whatever will be will be.

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Why are Kids Getting into trouble for being kids?

kids getting in trouble

The little boy at the playground could not have been more than 20 months old. Although I had seen him with his parents before, when he came wondering slowly over to the water play area, his parents were nowhere to be seen. My girls had asked for permission to get wet in one of the fountains. I told them it was ok because we had a change of clothes in the car.

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Breastfeeding in Australia needs to grow up

breastfeeding in australia

There are more than a billion monthly active users of Facebook, 500 million tweets are sent every day and overall nearly 40% of humans are able to access the internet. Until this year women sharing images of their children breastfeeding were at risk of having their photographs reported for obscenity and Facebook blocked some breastfeeding support organisations’ accounts entirely. The recent change to Facebook policy which removed the ban on women’s nipples being shown in breastfeeding images is a healthy step forward, but a great deal of discomfort and inequality that exists in regard to the female nipple in public and on social media remains.

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Proudly Raising Dependent Children

dependent children

I’m raising dependent children. No, that’s not a typo. I know that independent children is supposed to be the thing that parents want to achieve, but it’s really the last thing I want to do. Like, literally the last thing I do as a parent will be when my child becomes independent. That’s when they move out, get a job, rent their own place, start doing their own laundry and when that day comes this Mumma is going to celebrate with a bottle of champers! But really, that’s at least a decade and a half away! Right now, with a 2 and 5 year old, independence isn’t the lesson of the day.

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7 Tips for Gently Weaning a Toddler

gently Weaning a Toddler

My daughter is 2 and for me that signifies the end of “demand feeding”. I did the same with my son, after 2 years old of breastfeeding him on he was gently restricted to only feeding at home, at night, in bed.This sounds so easily done, 2 years of unlimited feeding is a pretty darn good run – you’d think they’d be a little more appreciative and cut me some slack! But for my toddlers reducing feeds has been what I imagine it would be like trying to take away a toddler’s dummy, special comforter, sleep routine and favourite snack all at once; lots of resistance.

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Breastfeeding Beyond Infancy

breastfeeding beyond infancy

So, there’s this women in the UK who’s breastfeeding her 5 year old. Her picture is all over social media. People have been commenting “That’s sick!” “There’s no nutritional value!” “Who is it for, the mum or the child?!” and so on

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Bad Day

bad day

Ever have one of those days where you want to run away from home, or hide in the bathroom with a never ending bar of chocolate? I am having more and more days like that.I tripped over my toddler last night while holding my dinner. A full bowl of my favorite soup, and it went all over my computer keyboard. Needless to say after a flurry of rushing back and forth, trying to keep my kids away while I cleaned it up. My keyboard no longer works.

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Learning, Playing and Expectations

Learning, Playing and Expectations

Children see no difference between playing and learning, as long as the learning is fun! ’Fun‘ does not mean things have to be flashy, shiny, loud, expensive or exotic (although they certainly can be). I swear, give a kid a cup and some water and they might play with it for half an hour. This learning while playing thing is not an easy concept for most adults to comprehend because we are so used to making meaning out of an activity. We are used to setting up purpose made activities to encourage a particular outcome.

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(Little) Guys and Dolls

boys and dolls

My friend phoned me and was understandably upset about a situation that had just happened to her and her son.She’d taken her daughter to school, bringing her 2 year old boy along. He was playing with a Barbie doll when they left, so Barbie came along for the ride. At school, while standing in the playground waving his big sister off to class, the little guy clutching a Barbie doll was surrounded by a small group of older boys, maybe 8 years old by my friend’s estimate. They began to taunt and tease him about his doll, asking him if he was a boy or a girl.

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My Challenging Toddler

challenging toddler

There’s so many polite euphemisms I’ve used to describe my daughter: “Challenging”, “Strong Willed” “Determined” and “Intense” (by which I mean “difficult” “combative” “stubborn” and “throws tantrums… a lot”) She’s always been like this, since she was a brand new baby, I’ve been shocked by how intense she can be.There have been many times I’ve looked at my wonderful little girl in the middle of a massive meltdown and wondered “Where have I gone wrong?” But when I’m calm (and she’s calm) I look back and I do know that this is the right path for us.It might be not be the right approach for all people or for all children, but it’s what works for us.

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Reason’s my Toddler wants to Breastfeed

Breastfeeding is like a favourite snack, a cuddle with Mumma and the comfort of sucking all rolled into one, so it’s no wonder that my toddler wants to feed often, but yesterday walking home from dropping her big brother off at school she lifted up her arm to show me the scratch on her elbow from the previous day, she held onto her scratch and told me “ow, ow, ow” emphasised with a little pout and sadness in her eyes – then she tapped my chest and brightly asked “boo boo?”

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Nursing Aversion: Tandem Feeding

Nursing Aversion: The toe-curling, blood-boiling, rip-your-hair-out, bite-the-back-of-your-hand and want-to-go-running-down-the-street-screaming feeling that you may get when your toddler asks for the boobies

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To Doctor Blank on World Breastfeeding Week

world breastfeeding week

After a few days of wondering how to best approach a response to an incident which took place – ironically on August 1st, which was Day 1 of World Breastfeeding Week, I’ve decided to rather than address the doctor himself, because I doubt it would make any difference anyway, I’ve gone with the bloggers best friend and written an open letter . To protect the doctor involved I will call him Dr Blank.

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Co-Sleeping with Two

Co-Sleeping with Two This isn’t something we do every night, Our 4.5 year old usually sleeps through the night in his own bed, even if he needs help getting to sleep and then wakes up in the morning and crawls into our bed for cuddles. However….. This night was a …

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Sleep “Nightmare” Routine

Sleep “Nightmare” Routine For some kids, it’s have a bath, get dressed and brush your teeth, and in to bed. Other kids need a story, maybe a song, a drink, a kiss and a cuddle or maybe even a soft toy. Bedtime in my house is long….. very long. We do …

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A Letter to my Cupcake

The day you were born was the happiest day of my life. My world instantly collided with overwhelming feelings of love that I have never known. You were so small and innocent.....

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What is Attachment Parenting

There are a lot of different ideas about what Attachment Parenting is. It can be interpreted in many different ways, both by people who identify with Attachment Parenting in their own family, and by people who judge it from the sidelines.

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Tantrums & Meltdowns

Meltdowns, tantrums, outbursts, whatever term you use, are when your toddler or child are so overwhelmed by their emotions they lose control. They might screaming and cry, throw themselves at the floor, hit, kick, pinch, or bit, they might refuse to move.

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Childhood Asthma

As I sit here thinking of the things I still have to pack my eldest son's bag, for what may possibly be the millionth time to the hospital. I think about the first time I had to take him in for Asthma.

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Sugar & Spice

Looking back to when my son was reaching toddler hood, climbing everything, running off across the park with reckless abandon, never giving me a moment to sit and catch my breath before he'd be off trying to give himself concussion.

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Dealing with Separation Anxiety

This was the hardest topic for me to approach because we are dealing with some pretty intense separation anxiety issues at home. My delightful baby has never really liked people. As in – people in general. We’d be walking around the shops when she was a tiny baby, her head up my

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7 Tips for Separation Anxiety and Childcare

Separation Anxiety can occur when a baby, toddler or child starts some form of care, or schooling, they also may start to cry and protest after they’ve been going to childcare for a while and then suddenly they don't want to go any more.

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Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety is when a baby or child doesn’t want to be separated from their parents, a particular parent, or even a key person in their life – like a sibling or a grandparent.

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Waiting in Silence

Waiting in Silence My eldest son is about to begin his first term doing Early Intervention. A program where children with special needs are given help to progress in order to go on to things like Mainstream schools. My son has no official diagnosis from a Pediatrician, but the common …

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Co-Sleeping Conundrums

Co-Sleeping Conundrums It’s all fun and games until someone gets head-butted in the eye…  Don’t get me wrong, I love love love co-sleeping with my babies… actually, it’s not that I love it, it’s just that I can’t imagine it any other way.  Okay, but occasionally, sleeping with a baby and …

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Extended Breastfeeding

Extended Breastfeeding Or as I like to call it – breastfeeding. A part of me felt very sad one day reading online a mother was talking about how her family didn’t approve of her “extending breastfeeding” and then revealed her baby was in fact only 9 months old. Without at …

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Toilet Training

There is no one way to go about toilet training, as with many parenting topics, what you do, what will work, what will be the best outcome for your child depends very much on your child and your own parenting views.

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