Toddlers • • • •
Children between the ages of 12 months
and 2 years 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.
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.
This also would be a good time to
attend a live parenting seminar or join an online
parenting support group for parents of preschoolers.
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