Toddlers • • • •
Children between the ages of 12 months
and 36 months are often referred to as toddlers. They are
developing at an amazing rate, learning how to walk and
talk, opening up huge new avenues of exploration. An
important parenting shift needs to take place at this
point. While you may have allowed your schedule and many
family dynamics to be determined by your baby up until
now, you’ll need to bring more structure into your toddler’s
life at some point. You need to set boundaries on a mobile
child and require that your toddler respond to your leadership
more than you have in the past.
We have a resource just for you. It's called the Toddler Parenting Toolkit. It contains three posters with growth milestones, one for infants, one for toddlers, and the third for toddlers. These posters provide several developmental milestones including suggestions for spiritual training. In addition it contains some ways to start working with very young children to teach them about God. You'll also receive a booklet we've written called Toddlers on the Move.
You also might want to purchase the full version of Toddlers on the Move, a book we've written especially helping parents understand how to work with toddlers using a heart-based apporach to parenting. By starting to develop good patterns early, you'll be able to maximize your parenting over the years.
A toddler likes to explore and test
out new things. You’ll want to contribute to those God-given
desires by providing a lot of new opportunities for stimulation
while still protecting your child from danger.
Parents have differing approaches
to the toddler challenges, but focusing on the heart
and character development at this age is important for
building good patterns. We have a CD set called Parenting
Toddlers that you will find helpful in addressing subjects
such as sleeping, eating, potty training, and discipline.
This CD set was created before a live audience of parents
of toddlers so you’ll appreciate the answers tailored
to their specific questions.
As you think about discipline and
the growing relationship with your child, you may want
to read the book Parenting
is Heart Work to understand
ways to build good patterns that address the heart rather
than merely relying on simple behavior modification.
We are eager to help you as you continue
to raise your child. Be sure to pray often for and with
your child and teach him or her about the Bible. Spiritual
development is so important at any age. So practice now
and grow into good habits of spiritual growth in your