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The early years of a child’s life are the most important for their long-term development. Sometimes, the abundance of information out there can feel overwhelming and difficult to navigate. My New Life is here to support parents and help make sense of the science behind early learning.

I’m Jessica Rolph, mother of three and CEO of Lovevery. With the help of experts from around the world, we break down all the child development science into usable nuggets of knowledge that you can put to the test in your own home.
39 Episodes
Maple syrup, beet sugar, molasses, honey… there are so many alternatives to refined sugar. But despite a parent’s best efforts, it’s hard to avoid the processed stuff all together. And is that really the best approach anyhow? How much sugar restriction is too much? Can it backfire? Jessica Rolph welcomes Registered Dietitian Jennifer Anderson to the show. She is the mom behind Kids Eat In Color. Her specialty is forming healthy eating habits in the home.   Key Takeaways: [1:54] The government released the first-ever dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers recommending no added sugar for children under age 2. Does this mean you should be making your kid’s first birthday cake with beet sugar? [4:36] Jennifer gives suggestions to parents who have mostly avoided sugar for their baby, and want to introduce sugar after two. [6:38] Jennifer talks about how overly restricting sugar for children can backfire. [8:54] Consider this alternative to: No dessert until you finish your veggies! [13:22] How do we encourage our kids to love veggies? [15:22] Jennifer and Jessica discuss intuitive eating. [18:27] Jennifer reviews the top questions she hears from parents who struggle to feed their toddlers.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by Kids Eat In Color Get your Free Child-Feeding Guide at Kids Eat In Color
Child nutrition and early brain development are profoundly linked. What goes into our babies, is essential to their brain growth. But that’s not to say achieving those optimal inputs is easy! The picky-eater routine can wear down even the most steadfast parent, and If we’re not careful, mealtime can become a battleground.   Jessica Rolph, your host, is accompanied today by Specialist Pediatric Dietitian Dr. Bahee Van de Bor. Learn valuable tips for parents challenged with keeping their strong-willed babies healthy.   Key Takeaways: [1:48] Did you know a child may need up to 10 encounters with a new food before trying it? [3:04] What approaches to feeding help nurture an adventurous eater? [5:35] What are some common reasons why toddlers become picky eaters? [9:54] Dr. Bahee shares her perspective on disguising veggies (for example, hiding foods like cauliflower or broccoli in other foods). [12:07] Is it recommended that parents insist on their children trying new flavors, even when they reject it? [13:11] How to avoid creating pressure around mealtime. [14:43] Dr. Bahee gives a few strategies to try with children who only want sweets. [16:05] Can snacking have a negative impact on the child’s health? [17:39] How should parents approach their children’s variation in appetite? [18:11] Dr. Bahee expands on how to transform a picky eater into a more expansive eater.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by You can learn more about Dr. Bahee at Dr. Bahee’s free download: 5 ways to help your child try new foods
As co-founder of the organic baby food company Happy Family, host Jessica Rolph has invested a lot of energy trying to get the right nutrients into her kids. One of her children’s favorite first foods was sardines, and fast forward a few years, Jessica was surprised to see a post on the hugely popular Solid Starts recommending sardines as a first food.   Solid Starts promotes baby-led weaning, or finger-foods first. CEO Jenny Best joins Jessica on today’s episode to share her perspective on when to start your baby on solid foods and how best to do it.   Key Takeaways: [1:40] What is baby-led weaning? [2:24] Jenny talks about the advantages of the baby-led weaning approach. [7:35] Giving children a front seat in their feeding experience. [9:16] Challenges that come with baby-led weaning. [13:47] How did Jenny first expose her twins to solids? [14:51] Jenny examines fears around allergens. [18:08] How should we think about the ingestion of food in those first few months of feeding? [22:23] Jenny shares the recommended ages for starting baby-led weaning and starting solid foods in general. [25:29] Jessica revisits some of the highlights of her conversation with Jenny Best.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by Solid Starts
Host Jessica Rolph welcomes Certified Pediatric Sleep Specialist Lauren Heffernan to the second episode of our new season, Perspectives. In this season, you’ll hear curated perspectives on topics like sleep, feeding, and parenting philosophies, so you can make informed choices for your family.   It is rare to find a new parent who doesn’t wish for more hours of sleep; long nights seem to be part of the bargain. When those long nights start dragging on, it can feel like sleep training is the only way out. Lauren proposes a different approach. She is the founder of Isla Grace: Attachment-Focused Sleep. She prefers to avoid separation and the cry-it-out method of sleep training.   Key Takeaways: [1:31] Lauren speaks about her own experience sleep training. [3:56] She explains how that experience informs her practice as a sleep consultant. [6:35] Supporting your babies’ emotions when you are sleep deprived is challenging. [8:20] Why it’s difficult for parents to sit with those big emotions from their child. [9:26] Lauren answers a question from a listener: My baby only falls asleep when I breastfeed him and wakes up throughout the night for more breastfeeding; how can I stop this without the cry-it-out approach? [12:48] What happens when night weaning gets derailed. [13:38] Bed-sharing and how to practice it safely. [16:08] Lauren explains “bridging” between crib and toddler bed. [17:04] How to reframe inconsistent napping. [19:45] If you are getting extremely frustrated and exhausted, try a shifting pattern or ask for someone to support you. [21:06] Lauren’s bottom-line advice to sleep-deprived parents.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by Isla Grace: Attachment Focused Sleep
Sleep, or the lack of it, is probably the most discussed topic among parents of newborns. And while sleepless nights are widely accepted as just part of the bargain of bringing a new life into the world, we are not always prepared for the sleepless nights to drag into years. Night wakings, bedtime routines that seem to go on and on, skipped naps, sleep regressions, musical beds, and crib to bed transitions — it is truly exhausting!   In today’s episode, host Jessica Rolph is joined by Lauren Lappen, a certified sleep consultant and co-founder of Wee Sleep Solutions, who offers practical advice on toddler sleep.   Key Takeaways: [1:38] How do you get a toddler to bed and keep them there? [2:45] The benefits of using routine cards during bedtime. [4:04] Lauren’s tips on how to avoid a battle of wills with your toddler. [5:10] How to respond when your toddler wakes in the middle of the night, asking for you. [6:35] Why “musical beds” aren’t ideal for anyone; toddlers like to wake up in the same bed where they fell asleep. [9:18] What if the wakings are a function of your child being unwell? [10:26] Lauren talks about the signs a baby is ready to move to a toddler bed, and gives suggestions for types of beds to use. [13:55] Considering easy access to the potty. [17:22] Suggestions for specific situations, like if you’ve got a new baby coming and you need to make room, or if your child is a climber and might exit the crib. [20:16] How critical are night feedings to toddlers? [22:38] How to wean a toddler from that night feeding. [24:23] What to do about pacifiers. Do they stay or do they go? [27:06] Jessica gives some highlights of her conversation with Lauren.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by
This week, we are revisiting a listener favorite from September, 2020, as we prepare the lineup for our upcoming season: Perspectives. Starting April 21, you’ll hear perspectives from experts on sleep, eating, and parenting philosophies, among other topics, so you can make informed choices for your family.   Few topics will spark debate among parents more readily than screen time. It’s so controversial! Screens are everywhere. And avoiding them can feel like the domain of super-human parents. Learn some tips to cut down on screens from Dr. Screen-Free Mom: Meghan Owenz. She runs a website, Screen-Free Parenting, with over 27,000 active participants. She is also an Assistant Teaching Professor at Penn State University.   Key Takeaways: [1:46] What does screen-free look like for Meghan’s family? [2:24] Meghan shares her alternatives for keeping kids engaged and busy. [3:23] Use her S.P.O.I.L. system to cut down on screen time. [4:38] How can independent play be achieved so parents can have a break too? [6:37] Rotate favorite toys in and out of special baskets so that they feel fresh. [8:18] Does screen-free mean more stuff? There are ways around it: Something as simple as a scarf can offer miles of road-trip diversion. [9:37] What does the science tell us about the effects of screen time on kids? [11:17] Meghan shares research findings on attention. [12:13] Meghan talks about how language is impacted by screens. [14:00] What about connecting with grandparents or friends over Zoom or FaceTime? [16:13] How does Meghan help parents wean their children from screens? [18:08] What does becoming screen-free look like? [19:38] How can a parent enforce a screen-free approach? She provides advice around changing rules with a toddler, as well as older children. [22:45] Jessica provides a recap of an eye-opening conversation with Dr. Meghan Owenz.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by Screen-Free Parenting
This week, we are revisiting a listener favorite from June 17, 2020, as we prepare the lineup for our upcoming season: Perspectives. Starting April 21, you’ll hear perspectives from experts on sleep, eating, and parenting philosophies, among other topics, so you can make informed choices for your family.   Talk to any toddler for more than a couple of minutes, and you will be easily reminded of how thirsty they are for knowledge and information. While humans are continuously learning, we are born with something of an empty canvas, and it’s the early experiences that we encounter as babies that form the brain architecture to support that learning.   At a birthing class, Jessica Rolph was introduced to a book that helped her put the science of early learning into action with her own baby and ultimately inspired her to create Lovevery. This book was written by Dr. William H. Staso, the guest on today’s episode.   Will is a psychologist who focuses on the assessment of autism in children under 3 years old. In 1999, he published “Neural Foundations: What Stimulation Your Baby Needs to Become Smart,” a book about the experiences that form the early architecture of the brain. In it, he shares multiple ideas for learning activities and ways to engage with your baby.   Key Takeaways: [2:55] Dr. Will Staso explains what happens on a neurological level during the first 3 years of life. [4:52] The importance of a baby’s environment to when it comes to wiring neurons. [6:41] What parents can do to promote language acquisition. [8:58] Will explains ways to stimulate your baby’s brain in place of flashing, noisy toys. [10:06] Will talks about experienced-based activities. [11:36] What does the perfect learning environment for a baby look like? [14:10] The role of the adult and how to interact with your baby. [15:55] Discovery learning requires non-restrictive parenting. [17:49] Awareness of location and quantities prepare your child for letters and numbers later on. [18:25] Learning sequences and making predictions. [19:52] Nature or nurture? [20:35] What does smartness really look like? [21:45] Why is one brain more efficient than another? [21:59] Will sums up his advice to parents.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by
Toddlers love words. This enthusiasm helps them grow their spoken words from just a few at age one, to 1,000 or even 2,000 by age three. Given how receptive young children are to new sounds and ways to use them, it is not surprising that toddlers can pick up second languages easily. Research also suggests that brain connections multiply when babies are exposed to new languages. Parents have caught on, and demand for bilingual products and preschools is at an all-time high.   While experts agree on the benefits of exposing kids to multiple languages, the best means of doing so is up for debate. On today’s episode, Host Jessica Rolph is joined by Dr. Veronica Fernandez, a developmental and child psychologist, with tips on how to best approach bilingualism in the home.   Key Takeaways: [1:35] Veronica talks about the benefits of raising a bilingual child and shares the reasons why she is choosing to raise her daughter, Isla, with two languages. [3:02] How can parents who only speak one language at home best lay a strong foundation for bilingualism at home? [5:05] Veronica discusses the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches to bilingualism. [6:57] Veronica speaks about the challenges of raising Isla as bilingual. [8:00] How important is immersion? Do kids benefit from occasional exposure to a second language, or do they need to have some component of an immersive experience? [8:50] Veronica debunks some myths about bilingualism, including the unfounded concern that learning another language may cause your child to have a speech delay. [11:13] What if your child is using two languages within one sentence? [12:25] What about those talking books and toys that switch from one language to another? How effective are they? [14:21] Toddlers generally experience a language explosion around 18 months to 2 years; should parents expect the same of a bilingual baby? [15:07] Should a parent drop a language if a child has a perceived delay? [16:01] Is there an optimal age to introduce a second language? [16:48] Veronica offers a few tools to teach the target language. [18:01] If a child is reluctant to speak the second language, what can be done to encourage them? [19:35] Veronica shares tips for parents who are monolingual and want to introduce their babies to another language, as well as for bilingual parents who are also on the journey to bilingualism with their children. [21:40] Jessica reviews the highlights of her conversation with Veronica.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by
Baby-led weaning expert Jenny Best, founder of Solid Starts, gives us a reassuring perspective on the recent congressional report that highlighted toxic metals in baby foods.
Baby’s first words — few milestones are met with more emotion from the adults in the room! But what constitutes a first word and when should parents be expecting to hear them? Join Host Jessica Rolph and Speech Language Pathologist Gopika Kamdar for a look at some common indicators of language development. On the table for discussion is research from the ’90s suggesting the volume of words spoken to infants is paramount to speech and language development, as compared with more recent research that emphasizes the importance of serve-and-return, the turn-taking that comes naturally to adults. So which is it? As with most topics we cover, we think you’ll find the answers reassuring.   Key Takeaways: [1:26] Gopika talks about the benefits of narration and serve-and-return as approaches to promote language development. [4:07] Gopika explains the difference between receptive language and expressive language. [5:11] When do most children say their first words? [6:52] When should we worry? When do you start to see a need for intervention? [9:06] What are some language milestones for a 24-month-old? [11:28] What are markers of a speech delay if a child isn’t meeting the average ranges? [13:51] Myth or truth: Does pacifier use cause speech delays? [16:07] Jessica shares her top three takeaways.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by
Children’s questions about physical differences often catch us off guard. Parents worry about getting the response wrong, making the situation tense. But TV host and co-founder of ByUs Box, Nicole Stamp, says there’s a better approach.   On today’s episode with host Jessica Rolph, Nicole offers ways of thinking about these encounters from an equity perspective, ensuring everyone comes away from the interaction having had a positive experience. Equally important is the practice of building conversations about inclusion into the every day. After all, these are the conversations — which continue throughout a child’s life — that help our kids to make sense of the world.   Key Takeaways: [1:45] We teach children to categorize from a young age by encouraging them to distinguish patterns, colors, and shapes. How does this categorization connect to the research on how toddlers are categorizing people? [5:15] If a 2 or 3 year old walks up to somebody with a mobility device full of questions, how should a parent respond? [6:20] Nicole explains the difference between diversity and equity. [7:15] What does inclusion really mean? [8:55] How can you guide a conversation with a child interested in another child with a physical difference? [11:45] What kind of proactive steps can parents take to reinforce equity and inclusion? [17:12] Nicole explains why being “color blind” does not help create the equitable society that we strive for. [21:30] If a parent avoids conversations about race or other differences among people, their child is picking up on that message in non-verbal ways. [23:33] Jessica shares her takeaways from a powerful conversation.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by ByUs Box
We parents are a proud bunch. It’s natural to shower our children with compliments when they achieve something. But when babies become toddlers, “Good job” often evolves to “You’re so smart” or “What an amazing artist you are”. Too much of this kind of feedback as our child get older, may not help them persist in the face of challenges.   Psychotherapist Susan Bordon of Kinspace joins host Jessica Rolph on today’s episode to discuss ways to encourage intrinsic motivation. With a little bit of grit, kids are more motivated to try new things even when it’s hard, and make efforts to pitch in without bribes or rewards.   Key Takeaways: [1:41] What’s wrong with telling your toddler: “You're so smart”? [3:35] Susan talks about a recent research done by Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford, who studied the effects of praise on grade-schoolers. [5:25] How does this research apply to babies and toddlers? [7:35] Why do parents praise children? [9:20] What does it look like to be a parent who encourages intrinsic motivation? [11:36] Praising the effort, rather than the outcome, takes practice. [13:40] Susan talks about how and why not to interfere when a baby or a toddler is trying to achieve a challenging task. [16:03] How the Montessori approach to demonstrating fits into the equation. [17:54] Words that can help build self confidence in our children. [19:35] How to introduce the concept of sharing to children. [21:10] How early should parents adopt these practices to encourage intrinsic motivation in their children? [23:40] Jessica reviews the highlights of her conversation with Susan.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by Kinspace
Have a few parenting regrets from 2020? You are not alone. But does rehashing all that make you a better parent? Dr. Leesha Ellis-Cox would argue that mom guilt is a disservice to you and your children. If you could use a pep talk as we launch ourselves into a new year, this is the episode for you! Dr. Leesha is a psychiatrist, mother to 3 children, and the author of "Ditch the Mommy Guilt: A Blueprint for the Modern Mommy".
There is a lot of advice out there for parents. Not only are parenting books multiplying in number, they are increasing in volume. And there is certainly no shortage of online resources. Instagram now has so many parenting experts you can get an almost endless scroll of advice.   The abundance of information can be helpful on the one hand. But it can also lead us to think we are not doing enough, making it is easy to slip into over-parenting. This hands-on approach is sometimes referred to as intensive parenting, and its benefits (to both parent and child) are up for debate.   For a closer look at intensive parenting and how we can recognize it in ourselves, Jessica Rolph speaks with Developmental Psychologist Dr. Holly Schiffrin. She discusses all-important parenting skills like how to stand back and allow your child to experience natural consequences.   Key Takeaways: [1:20] Holly co-authored a study called Insight into the Parenthood Paradox: Mental Health Outcomes Of Intensive Mothering. What was her objective in studying this style of parenting? [4:55] Is motherhood supposed to be joyful at every turn? [5:18] The study compared moms working in the home versus moms who also work outside the home. [6:16] Parents who stay at home with their kids often go without the kind of recognition customary in paying jobs. [6:53] The research suggests that mothers who rated particularly high on the idea of essentialism, that mothers are the essential parent, were less satisfied with their lives. [8:00] Holly discusses the outcomes she’s observed in the children of intensive parents. [9:56] What is the difference between intentional and intensive parenting? [11:02] Has the pandemic made parents more or less intensive? [12:35] What are the factors driving this intensive parenting approach? [15:20] Holly talks about parental unhappiness. [16:15] How does parenting in America compare to parenting in other cultures? [17:15] Holly offers advice for parents of babies and toddlers. [20:25] Jessica shares the highlights of her conversation with Dr. Holly Schiffrin.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by
Whether it is cleaning up the toys, setting the table, or sorting laundry, involving your toddler with chores around the house is almost always an exercise in patience. And it most certainly is not going to produce impeccable results, but results are not the goal here. Developing a habit  of helpfulness and a sense of autonomy is what we parents are after.   Jessica Rolph welcomes Behavioral Specialist and Parent Coach Jeanna Twomey to today’s episode to explain how to best get your toddler involved in the dirty work. Tune in to hear strategies that will leave your child feeling like an important contributor to the household. Jeanna provides personalized support to parents through text, phone and video. She can be found at   Key Takeaways: [1:29] Why should we go to the trouble of getting our toddlers to help around the house? [2:57] Why Jessica likes the terms “contribution” and “responsibility” more than “chores”. [3:43] When is a good age to introduce the concept of contribution? [4:27] Self-help skills are a great place to start. [4:59] What can you do if your toddler refuses to help? [7:08] Constructive ways to respond to your child’s efforts. [9:01] Helpful ways to respond to mistakes. [10:55] Jeanna gives specific examples of some good contributions to practice with your toddler. [12:38] Jeanne shares her perspective on sticker charts. [14:26] What are some motivating alternatives to rewards? [16:03] Jeanna extends her advice to parents who feel like chores are just another box to check in an already overwhelming to-do list. [18:18] Jessica sums up the conversation with her take aways.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by
This holiday season is different. For many of you, it is family traditions that make this time of year significant and memorable. But in 2020, reuniting with extended family is not possible for everyone. It feels sad and lonely. Jessica Rolph is joined today by Dr. Zelana Montminy to help propel us into the holidays with a little more cheer.   Dr. Zelana is a renowned behavioral scientist and positive psychologist, delivering a fresh perspective rooted in science. She is the author of 21 Days to Resilience: How to Transcend the Daily Grind, Deal with the Tough Stuff, and Discover Your Strongest Self.   Key Takeaways: [1:17] Dr. Zelana defines resilience. [3:07] Zelana shares the top things resilient people do to get through hard times. [4:50] How can we cultivate gratitude in our children? [5:18] Modeling resilience for our toddlers. [9:02] Strategies to help our children when they feel frustrated without solving their struggle for them. [11:14] Helping your child deal with discomfort. [14:19] How best to deal with judgement from parents and in-laws who might not agree with your parenting style. [17:50] Zelana talks about the impact of the pandemic on babies and toddlers in the longer term. [21:11] Consider ways to create meaningful memories this holiday season that cost nothing. [22:30] Zelana shares one pandemic practice that will serve her in the long term. [25:39] Jessica offers 3 takeaways from her conversation with Dr. Zelana.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by 21 Days to Resilience: How to Transcend the Daily Grind, Deal with the Tough Stuff, and Discover Your Strongest Self, Dr. Zelana Montminy
Opinions vary wildly when it comes to managing tantrums. From waiting out the storm, to taking a hard line. Whatever you do, be consistent! With so much advice, it’s easy to understand why parents panic when the tears start flying.    Jessica Rolph, your host, welcomes Positive Discipline Coach Jody Malterre, a master at bringing calm to every situation. Jody is a Montessori teacher trainer at Westminster College with over 30 years experience in Montessori education. She also sits on the board of the Positive Discipline Association.  Key Takeaways: [1:39] What is Positive Parenting? [3:02] Why do toddlers have tantrums? [5:05] Why empathy works wonders — for children and adults.  [6:50] Other strategies to help your toddler move beyond the tantrum. [9:52] How do you give your toddler a sense agency in their world? [14:30] Jody shares tips for toddlers who stall with bedtime. [16:00] Why routine and tools like bedtime cards work so well. [18:08] Jody talks more broadly about positive discipline and how to shift into a positive discipline mindset. [19:45] Jessica shares the highlights of a valuable conversation with Jody.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by Listen to Peaceful Parenting: Dealing with Tantrums  The Lovevery Helper Play Kit with Routine Cards
Few milestones in a baby’s life are more memorable than their first steps. It feels like a major accomplishment — for baby and parent! But what comes after those first steps varies greatly from child to child, something Dr. Giselle Tadros constantly reminds her patients. She’s a pediatric physical therapist, founder of In-Home Pediatric Physical Therapy, and the guest on today’s episode of My New Life.   Giselle discusses how long it takes most babies to switch from crawling to walking as their primary mode of locomotion. Got lots of gear to help your kid with that transition? If so, you’re in good company. But you may be surprised to learn that baby walkers are not legal in many countries outside of the US!   Key Takeaways: [1:40] What is the most common reason a parent of a toddler goes to a physical therapist for help? [2:42] What does Giselle consider late for walking? When should a parent seek help?  [3:52] What can parents do to help their children develop the core strength needed to be physically active toddlers?  [6:10] What do jumpers do for children? [7:27] Giselle explains why she promotes baby wearing. [8:35] What are signs of core weakness in a child? [10:03] Why some children need support with balance. [10:43] How long does it take for a child to become good at walking?  [12:04] What are some ways to encourage muscle development in toddlers in a natural way so that they become really active kids? [13:35] What are some ways to replicate outdoor play inside?  [14:40] Giselle talks about what she likes to see in an 18-month-old toddler in terms of gross motor skills. [15:25] Giselle discusses the milestones of a typical two year old, from a gross motor development perspective. [17:46] Jessica reviews the highlights of her conversation with Dr. Giselle Tadros.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by In-Home Pediatric Physical Therapy #inhomepediatricpt on Instagram
Montessori parents can give the impression that they do it all: organized home, tidy bedrooms, carefully ordered trays and activities. Sometimes it seems like Montessori sets the bar really high — so high that it feels unattainable for a busy parent.    My New Life host Jessica Rolph speaks with Kylie D’Alton, an Australian mom that has gone a long way toward making Montessori principles more accessible. Kylie is the author of the popular blog How We Montessori, and in today’s episode, she shares valuable tips on how to bring Montessori into our homes in ways that don't involve accumulating more stuff.   Key Takeaways: [1:06] Thinking like a Montessori parent. [2:50] The benefits of observing and allowing children to experience something for themselves over correcting or teaching. [4:51] Kylie explains how she introduces the real before the abstract and the benefits to your toddler’s development. [6:35] What sort of things does Kylie involve her toddler in? [10:25] How did Kylie take the Montessori approach to potty training?  [13:26] Kylie shares some of her favorite memories of Montessori learning at home. [14:43] Jessica reviews the highlights of her conversation with Kylie.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by How We Montessori
Most parents would not describe living with a toddler during Covid as peaceful, but there are ways to invite more calm into your home and limit the shouting. Host Jessica Rolph welcomes Psychologist Dr. Laura Markham to today’s episode. In her work as a coach with thousands of parents all over the world, Dr. Laura describes her approach as “peaceful parenting”. Who doesn’t want more of that? Learn why responding to tantrums with empathy can be a game changer.     Dr. Laura is the author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How To Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings: How To Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life, and now her latest book, The Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids Workbook: Using mindfulness and connection to raise resilient, joyful children and rediscover your love of parenting.   Key Takeaways: [1:35] How to be a peaceful parent during tantrums. [4:32] Teach your toddler that big feelings are not dangerous; show them they are safe. [5:45] How to let go of your concerns about being judged by others when your child is having a tantrum. [8:25] What does a peaceful parent do when a toddler hits? [12:12] When your child gets aggressive, demonstrate how to express feelings in a more acceptable way. [12:47] Dr. Laura explains why rough housing leads to the release of oxytocin. [14:46] Best practices for sharing peaceful parenting concepts with a spouse or other caregiver. [17:27] Why empathy is a cornerstone for peaceful parenting. [19:10] Why it’s important to acknowledge your child’s behavior as developmentally normal and realize this too shall pass. [20:11] Jessica revisits the highlights of her conversation with Dr. Laura.   Mentioned in this episode: Brought to you by Learn more about Dr. Laura at
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