Author(s): Natasha Daniels
Why does your toddler get upset when his or her routine is disrupted? Why do they follow you from room to room and refuse to play on their own? Why are daily routines such as mealtimes, bath time, and bed time such a struggle? This accessible guide demystifies the difficult behaviors of anxious toddlers, offering tried-and-tested practical solutions to common parenting dilemmas. Each chapter begins with a real life example, clearly illustrating the behavior from the parent's and the toddler's perspective. Once the toddler's anxious behavior has been demystified and explained, new and effective parenting approaches are introduced to help parents tackle everyday difficulties and build up their child's resilience, independence, and coping mechanisms. Common difficulties with bath time, toileting, sleep, eating, transitions, social anxiety, separation anxiety, and sensory issues are solved, along with specific fears and phobias, and more extreme behaviors such as skin picking and hair pulling. A must-read for all parents of anxious toddlers, as well as for the professionals involved in supporting them.
Understand your toddler's anxious behaviors, and help them to develop lifelong coping mechanisms.
Natasha Daniels is a child therapist and has worked with young children and their families for over 15 years. She currently works in private practice in Phoenix, Arizona. Natasha has her Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University and completed her postgraduate training at the prestigious Harris Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Institute at Southwest Human Development.
Introduction: What Does an Anxious Toddler Look Like? 1. Routine, Rigidity and Egg Shells! 2. Meltdowns. 3. Mealtime Struggles. 4. Bedtime Disasters. 5. Bathroom Battles. 6. Bath Time Fights. 7. Fears and Phobias. 8. Playtime and Social Anxiety. 9. Anxious Parenting and Fostering Independence. 10. Separation Anxiety. 11. What are Sensory Issues? 12. Extreme Behaviors. Conclusion: Looking into the Future.