Friday, January 7, 2011

little cavemen

I started reading the book "The Happiest Toddler on the block". I picked it up a few days ago and have gotten about half way through the first chapter.

The first thing that caught my eye and grabbed my attention was when the author referred to toddlers as little cavemen/neanderthals. Yes it put a smile on my face too.

I couldn't agree more. I told Pat today that I feel like I spend all day, every day, doing things to avoid tantrums. I pack snacks so that I can preoccupy my child. I hide things that might trigger a meltdown and I try to use the nicest calmest tone when talking to her in hopes that my calmness will resonate with her. Its all great in theory yet its kind of exhausting. Especially when you get the young girl at the counter of shopper's drugmart staring at you because your kid just wants her damn puffs open and is going ape shit.

I'm hoping that this book gives me some good ways of dealing with my little cavewoman. I have heard good things about  "The Happiest Baby on the Block" book. So here's to hoping.

this is my cavewoman, rawrr


  1. Awww that picture is kind of adorable. Her legs are soooo cute and I love the fact that you're still smiling :)

  2. was pretty funny at the time. We took lily and her leash away from her, which totally goes to show the little things that make toddlers flip :).

  3. A.) could that picture be any more perfect?! :)
    b.) I should also look into that book. you hit the nail right on the heaf...its exhausting trying to avoid melt downs.

  4. I saw the author of that book speak at the conference I went to in DC for work. It all seemed to really make sense. Hopefully the book helps, you'll have to let me know :)

  5. I'm a strong believer in books like this - if only to have an objective view on your child's behavior. When I taught Kindergarten, I read these all the time because it helped me focus on the stage/phase/act and not "Omg I am ready to eat you for being so naughty all the time."

    And it was fun to see how developmentally on target they are. Good for you for doing this - another great one is Your Toddler Month by Month. (No, I don't get anything from you clicking the link :p)

  6. Krysta - that would have been really cool to see him speak. I hope it works too. I'll let you know!

    Diana - thanks for the suggestion...I am looking for another to help me with the whole weaning process (bottle). Its a struggle in this household.

  7. I love this! And it is completely why I have an office loaded with m&m's, stickers, and dum dums. They are like crack for the mini cave people:)