It seemed to happen overnight. One day, Henry was happily playing with his toys in the living room; the next day my sweet baby boy figured out how to get into the fireplace and he thrashed wildly as I wrangled him out.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a toddler.
In honour of Henry's first toddler tantrum, I picked up a copy of Dr. Harvey Karp's The Happiest Toddler on the Block. I used to think parenting was black and white, but there is no one right way to raise your baby. I hate the "hippie housewife" label, but co-sleeping, breastfeeding, babywearing and "waiting it out" all felt natural to me. Pigeon-holing parents often comes with unfair judgements and what works for one family, won't work for another. My parenting choices are often guided by my instincts. The Happiest Toddler on the Block promises to help me eliminate tantrums and raise a respectful
and cooperative child. Henry hasn't had another melt-down since the fireplace fiasco, so I haven't
had a chance to practice any of Dr. Karp's gentle methods, but it feels
good to know some simple strategies that might help me trudge through the
trenches of toddlerhood.
Easter is just days away and I'm so excited about everything! Homemade cards, holiday baking, decorating eggs, church outfits and planning Henry's first Easter egg hunt.
Hoppy almost-Easter, friends!