Have you a short fat dictator in your home? Do you cower before a 24-pound child demanding pizza– no, not THAT kind of pizza! the other kind, the kind she likes NOW, which apparently has neither sauce nor cheese?
What is *UP* with toddlers?
In this episode we discuss
- why toddlers’ tantrums may have, at least at one time, been biologically necessary
- why taking your toddler’s french toast sticks away makes him feel like he’s suddenly swimming alone in open ocean
- how expecting a toddler to be “magically cute” is extremely problematic
- why, if you really must ice-skate with a toddler, you must always, always take your own skates off first
And here’s links to some fascinating research, helpful tips, and funny toddler stuff we reference:
Kate Gammon for Popular Science: Birth Of Memory: Why Kids Forget What Happened Before Age 7
Patrick Sauer for Fatherly: What’s Going On Inside A Toddler’s Brain, According To Science
Alison Gopnik’s TED talk: What Do Babies Think?
Mo Willems and his perfect description of how a toddler goes “boneless”
Toddlerography with James Corden and Jennifer Lopez
…and from England’s First Steps Research, a study indicating that a toddler’s daily caloric output is the equivalent of going 83 rounds in a boxing ring.
This episode also features our interview with Heather Spohr, co-author of the new book The Toddler Survival Guide: Complete Protection From the Whiny Unfed. Spohr’s book is hilarious *and* has practical advice (our favorite combo) for surviving the inevitable onslaught of the Toddler Apocalypse in your own household. Take heart, and plan ahead.