"The subject of
this show is Toddlerhood. It’s a
ferocious period in the life of a mom and
a toddler when that sweet little baby begins
her journey into standing up, and walking
around. There she is. Little two legged
wonder. A toddler. Toddling from the coffee
table to the couch. Oh and then into the
KITCHEN. Woa doggies, she’s headed
out the back door. Bless her amazing little
sweetness and WATCH OUT! There’s
going to be all kinds of exciting challenges
My friend Sarah has this
habit of always squatting down when she
What she’s doing, DUH, is getting down
on their level, so she can see into their
eyes and and also look around from their
perspective. What a great idea! Imagine spending
the day looking at the knees of adults, with
tables and counters looming high over your
head! Maybe you’ve been squatting and
talking to your children for a long time
now, but it struck me as that slap on the
forehead.... OH I GET IT! kind of parenting
technique that’s so easy to adopt.
It also keeps the adult closer to the lawn
or the rug, so that while toddling is going
on the parent can... rest... sitting on the
ground, taking it all in.... trying valiantly
to stay awake for it all..."
from NOW YOU MOMbo, Toddlerhood
"Surviving Toddlerhood" by
A short, easy article, written by Gary Hansen, extension specialist in Sociology,
for the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.:
"Penelope Leach on Toddlerhood"
Babycentre, a website in the UK, has a page which is dedicated to a
conversation with Penelope Leach's answers to some common questions that parents of toddlers may have.
is described as "one of the world's leading and most trusted authorities on parenting and child development.
The author of numerous books, including the classic Your Baby and Child, now in its fourth printing. Leach
lives and works in London, England.
"Exodus from Toddlerhood" by
Faith R. Foyil
Faith R. Foyil is a columnist, and humorist, who writes often about her life
as a mom. This essay is based on the Ten Commandments. I found it entertaining...
Guide to Your Toddler, by Paula Spencer and the editors of Parenting Magazine
Award-winning journalist Paula Spencer writes "The Mom Next Door" column
in Woman's Day magazine and is the author of seven books. A mother
of four, Paula specializes in writing about parenting and family, pregnancy,
and related social issues. She's a contributing editor to Parenting, Baby
and Woman's Day.
I think that this kind of
reference book can be helpful to many parents.
I bounce back and forth between my "alternative" books
and my "mainstream" books
when I’m trying to figure out what’s going on in the mind and
body of my child. This is a good book:
I found an illuminating,
one page essay about Toddlerhood at:
(Washburn Child Guidance Center is a non-profit agency that provides
assessment, consultation and therapeutic services for children, families
in the Twin Cities metro-area.)
I love those one page essays!
I mean, you have a TODDLER, right?
"If there’s a
toddler in your life, I hope that you’ve
gleaned some insight or at least felt some
companionship during this half hour of
these sticky days, as the juice box explodes in the back seat because
your own personal two year old investigative reporter is trying out new ways
to get the
apple juice into her mouth."
—Nanci Olesen, "Toddlerhood,"
NOW YOU MOMbo
7) Introduction: Nanci Olesen
interview with Ann Luce, Montessori Toddler
specialist, Brightwater Montessori
with Kit and Ann Briem, moms of Eamonn
"Wean" by Triangle Park
11) "Ode to Toddlers"
—commentary by Julia Jergensen Edelman
12) credits and parting words:
"Powderhorn Mambo" by Steve
"Spirited" from Sonata for
Oboe and Guitar by David Evan Thomas
by Barb Tilsen www.barbtilsen.com
by Triangle Park: Kate Lynch, Annie Enneking,
Kristen Froebel, Chadly Kopenhaver
music used by permission of the artists
/ all rights reserved ©2005 MOMbo,