These are some common issues faced by parents of infants and toddlers, but it's far from an all-inclusive list. If you have a child between the ages of birth and five years, and need help with whatever situation you’re facing, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
You need to begin sleep training your four-month-old, but you’re not sure which approach is best for your baby. Your eight-month old baby was sleeping through the night, but now he’s up every two hours, and barely napping during the day. Your toddler outright refuses to go to sleep, and no matter how many times you tuck her in, you keep getting the blanket positioning wrong. And as if your child’s sleep issues aren’t enough, you yourself are so exhausted you can hardly function.
Get the information and tools you need to come up with a bedtime/sleep plan that suits the needs not only of your child, but also of your whole family.
Your 11-month-old is starting to throw tantrums. Your 18-month-old won’t stop banging his fork on the table. Your three-year-old has started hitting. And no matter how many times you tell your 4-year-old that she has to brush her teeth, she throws herself on the floor in protest every single time.
Learn evidence-based strategies for managing behavior in ways that match your individual parenting style and meet the specific needs of your family.
You want so badly to feel connected to your baby, but you just don’t – or, at least, not as much as everyone else seems to. Sometimes, the little one in your arms feels like a stranger – who is she and how did this happen? – and, though you may be ashamed to admit it, you sometimes think about how much easier things were before she was born.
Find out how to untangle these complicated emotions so that the relationship between you and your baby can grow better and stronger.
Your heart starts to pound each time your baby cries, even though you know there’s nothing to feel anxious about. Your toddler’s behaviors get so far under your skin that you fear you may explode. You have strange and intrusive thoughts when you’re with your child; you don’t know where they come from or what they’re about. Perhaps you have been in your own therapy before, or perhaps not; regardless, you’re not interested in that right now.
Through brief individual work (2-5 sessions), gain insight into what parenting is bringing up for you, and learn coping strategies that allow you to be more present both for yourself and your child.
Your 18-month-old isn’t picking up words as quickly as the other toddlers on the playground, and isn’t making eye contact. Your two-year-old seems to run on a motor, constantly craving activity and physical stimulation.
Get the information you need to detect the presence of a developmental delay, and get connected to appropriate evaluation and intervention services.
Your two-year-old melts down every time he sees a bug. Your four-year-old shrieks and cries when a dog passes on the street. And no matter how carefully you check the bedroom closet for monsters, you’re clearly not doing a good enough job.
Imaginary fears were trouble enough before your child heard something scary in the news, or learned of a relative’s illness. Now she can’t stop asking questions you don’t know how to answer.
Learn tools to comfort your child when she most needs it, and teach her the skills to cope with the new anxieties and fears that inevitably arise.
Your toddler just won’t eat, or will eat only six different foods that are cooked to his precise specifications. You were never trained as a personal chef and have no desire to start now. You can’t continue to put this much time and energy into mealtime, but the alternative – your child’s not eating at all – is so much worse.
Learn how to help your child foster a healthy relationship with food, and strategies for restoring calm to your kitchen table.
Your child has such big emotions. When he’s angry, look out, and when he’s sad, he completely falls apart. Sometimes it seems like he can’t even handle being too happy or excited; he works himself into a frenzy that can be just as hard to contain.
Learn how to be there for your child when he becomes overwhelmed by strong emotions, and teach him the coping skills he needs.
You are about to separate from your spouse, and you don’t know how to explain this turn of events to your toddler. You’re expecting a new baby, and you’re worried about how your preschooler is going to react to her baby sister.
You thought those tasks were difficult, until your father passed away; you have no idea how to explain to her that no, Grandpa is not coming to visit soon.
Learn how to navigate the challenge of family transitions, so that you have the developmentally appropriate tools to support your children during times of change or difficulty.
Your infant will not stop crying. You’ve read the books and tried it all, but nothing is working. Why do all these other parents have babies who are able to stay calm, even if only in the carrier, stroller, or car? Every day, you dread the “witching hour;” the stress is taking a substantial toll.
Learn how to decipher the reasons behind the fussiness, and develop the tools you need to calm your baby (and yourself) down.
You’re exhausted, both physically and emotionally. You’re putting off returning calls, and skipping activities you once enjoyed. Both your sense of self and close relationships seem to have taken a hit, and you’re not sure why. You’re always tearing up, and the smallest things get you angry.
How do you nurture yourself during this time, when there are so many obstacles to doing so? You’d like to navigate the transition more smoothly, but right now you can’t even seem to navigate making sure your shoes end up on the right feet each morning.
Through a customized combination of traditional therapy techniques, relaxation strategies, and concrete planning tools, learn to navigate this unique journey.
You know your 21-month-old needs firm limits, but your partner prefers to negotiate with her. Or your partner was spanked as a child, and doesn’t understand why you have such an aversion to this method; after all, he ended up just fine. One day your partner is the good cop, and the next day you are – your approaches seem to depend more on the moods you’re each in than on your child’s behavior.
Learn to work together – along with other caregivers, as desired (e.g., grandparents, nannies) – to find an approach to disciplining your child that is collaborative, effective, and feels comfortable to all parties involved.
Your three-year-old clings to your leg every single morning during drop-off. Your four-year-old hides behind her father during birthday parties, long after all of the other kids are off playing and enjoying themselves. As if this wasn’t hard enough, now even grandparents and close family friends make your child nervous.
Get the information you need to determine whether your child’s anxiety is normal, and the tools to help him (and you) manage separations successfully.
You feel like a referee more than you do a parent. Your voice is getting hoarse, and you don’t care who started it. You do your best not to play favorites, but your older one is such an instigator. And you’re worried about your younger one in general, given how outgoing and successful his sister is in comparison.
Learn to foster a home environment in which your children can grow up to be allies rather than rivals, viewing themselves and each other as adding unique and important value to the family as a whole.
Your two-year-old is ready for the potty – you think. Your four-year-old keeps having accidents at preschool. You’ve read the books and talked to friends, and your head is spinning from all of the different advice out there.
Learn about the important factors to consider when toilet training (timing, different parenting styles, the personality of your child), and a step-by-step approach to getting children out of diapers. Come to see toilet training not as a source of dread, but as an exciting, and even fun, developmental milestone.