#24: Six Quick Tips for Toddler Parenting Struggles with Gabrielle Holt

by | Jul 5, 2022 | Podcast

Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

Six Quick Tips for Toddler Parenting Struggles with Gabrielle Holt



Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

#24: Six Quick Tips for Toddler Parenting Struggles

with Gabrielle Holt


You’re doing it all… working a joy you love, taking care of littles, finding time for the big things that matter. But right now, at this moment, all you need is just to get to work on time. You’re dressed, packed up, and all set to go when your toddler starts World War 3 as you’re trying to get them out the door.

Why does your kid resist today what she was perfectly fine with yesterday?

We may never really understand, but in this episode we’ve got some tried and true tips for some of the most common places that parents find exasperating: getting out the door, into the car seat, getting your child to eat, taking the iPad away when time is up, and getting those darn shoes on.

Gabrielle Holt of Montessori Country Day School in Houston

Gabrielle Holt is the birth-through-3 Coordinator at the Montessori Country Day School in Houston, Texas. She joined me for this episode to bring her perspective and 10 years of experience to tackle these everyday toddler struggles.

Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [01:01] Why did this 3-year-old come to school naked?
  • [04:38] Tips for getting your toddler out the door in the morning
  • [09:45] Tips for getting a squirmy, resistant child into the car seat
  • [12:34] Don’t ask this question!
  • [16:07] How to get your child to eat when they just won’t
  • [20:41] Suggestions for how to use iPads/screens with your toddler
  • [25:03] One last struggle: getting shoes on 
  • [28:48] What you can do today to make it easier for yourself

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#5: Tips for Parenting a 2-Year-Old with Ann McKitrick

#8: How to Manage Tantrums & Meltdowns with Diane Goyette

#13: Tips for Potty Training with Positivity with Camilla McGill



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