Terrible twos. Threenagers. Adorable dictators. The challenges of this stage have resulted in some colorful characterizations. But in reality, behaviors often labeled “bad” are actually a normal and important part of this critical developmental period.
If we understand this development, we can better navigate (and influence) the behavior that comes with it.
90% of a child's brain develops by age 5.
Their neural connections are being made at a rate of a million per second. No wonder they need naps.
Toddlers are built to try everything (including your patience).
Toddlers are physiologically driven to explore, experimenting with the world around them and testing boundaries, capabilities, and reactions to their actions.
They’re developing sense-of-self.
Toddlers become aware that they are individuals. Which means they are separate from their parents. This is where many power struggles are born.
Emotional health starts here.
Toddlers are experiencing big emotions. It is vitally important that they are taught to create a healthy relationship with their feelings, so they can grow to be resilient.
So does your relationship.
Parent-child interactions during the toddler years set the foundation for those relationships for years to come.
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I’m a ICF certified coach and the Founder of Transforming Toddlerhood. I’m passionate about empowering toddler parents to transform their frustration, fear and self-doubt into confidence so they can overcome behavioral challenges, experience joy and create a parent-child relationship that lasts a lifetime through connection.
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Before working with Devon, I was constantly frustrated and saw my daughter as my adversary. I was very aware of not wanting to embody the same parenting style as my own parents had, which was dominated by anxiety, control and anger. I experienced a massive shift through working with Devon. I was able to identify that my need to control everything was not helping me get my daughter's cooperation and was in fact hindering exactly what I wanted to create - a mutually cooperative partnership.Devon was very compassionate and helped me return to the person I wanted to be, so I could model the behavior I wanted to see in my daughter.
Stacey L. Mama of 1
Before working with Devon, my husband and I felt overwhelmed by the constant meltdowns of our son, the aggression towards his little brother and other children. We felt confused, defeated, and hopeless of anything ever changing. We didn't enjoy parenting and we weren't able to delight in our toddler.
After working with Devon, we now enjoy parenting our son and it is so much fun! We no longer see behavior as right vs wrong and we are able to access and realize the WHY behind what he is doing.I learned how to view the world from his lens and come alongside him to establish what works for both of us. After being guided by Devon I feel capable, empowered, and confident in my parenting.
Courtney W.Mama of 2
My biggest challenge was acknowledging my own emotions and offering connection during tantrums. I was being triggered and responding in anger. By working with Devon, I was able to gain techniques on how to connect with myself and my son to prevent tantrums from becoming meltdowns, oftentimes diffusing them all together. Now, I feel much more confident in my abilities. Devon’s approach is very kind and encouraging. Her coaching is worth its weight in gold. Honestly. No child comes with a user manual. This is the closest you will get to that.
Mandi V.Mama of 1
I was struggling with setting boundaries and setting limits. I had a hard time saying no and finding the right balance between being a respectful, kind, and peaceful parent and being a pushover.
Working with Devon, I feel that one of the biggest shifts for me wasn't even really about my child. It was about ME. I learned how to honour and accept MY feelings about things and that helped me lose the guilt and pressure I felt to be a perfect mom.
I felt heard, respected and loved by Devon through all my processes and I appreciate it so much that she was able to challenge me and ask me hard questions. She helped me find my voice as a parent - the voice that held all the love, compassion and understanding I felt for my child.
Jennifer A.Mama of 1
I was very frustrated in my parenting. I didn’t know how to control my emotions and it felt that I was not connecting with my boys. My time with Devon shifted my parenting in so many ways. I now recognize my triggers and I have learned to pause before I react to the situation with the boys. I also learned I was parenting out of control instead of a leader and a guide. I always felt comfortable talking with Devon. She made it very easy to talk to her. I recommend working with Devon if you want to learn how to change a pattern that isn’t working for you.
Colleen A.Mama of 2
I struggled to come from a place of love during day to day challenges. I lacked confidence in my parenting and I was unsure of myself. Devon taught me that I am a good parent and I know what to do if I just listen to my heart. I have shifted from mostly reactive to mostly LOVE. Working with Devon was full of love, sincerity. She was receptive and responsive. Devon helped us find our own ways to solve our parenting challenges in a way that resonates with ourselves. I have to say that I have been changed so much for the better throughout this experience. I am just so thankful.
Bonnie L.Mama of 3
My work with Devon gave me more tools to work with when creating a boundary within which my son could express himself. I am now less hard on myself and feel more confident.
Devon listened and asked questions to lead me towards some realizations about myself! Working with her was as therapeutic for me as it was instructive! There’s no shame in utilizing parent coaching. Talking with someone who is educated and skilled in effective parenting & communication w/ toddlers is not always possible, so when you have the opportunity to work with Devon – take it!
ChaseMama of 2
Devon is simply amazing! She was instrumental in helping us with my 2.5yr old little boy when we brought home his little brother. If you’re looking for some help, clarity, and “guidance through the toddler years, then you’ve come to the right place!