Toddlers and transitions

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Toddlers and transitions

You may have a toddler who really has trouble stopping and making transitions and adapting to change. This is pretty common. There are somethings you can do that may really help. When you go to the playground, give that warning, that five minute warning. "We are going to be leaving in a little while." I use my smart phone and set it for two minutes, so my grandson sees that we are going to leave in two minutes. The other thing is, talk about what's going to happen next. Kid's who have trouble adapting have a sense, if you tell them what is going to happen next, they are willing to leave. We also might want to give them a transitional object. It might be a teddy bear or a little toy car. You take it out of your purse and hand it to him. "Okay. It's time to go in the car. Here's your car. Let's go." then you have a little race to the car. Try not to yell, but help them make that transition and change.

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Rona Renner has been a Registered Nurse for 46 years with a wide range of experience in health care. In the last 20 years she has focused her attention on pediatrics, parent education and advocacy, ADHD and learning differences. In 1992, she was trained by Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a temperament counselor to help parents understand their child's behavior, and she co-wrote the temperament based parenting class manual. In 2002, she founded Childhood Matters, a non-profit organization producing radio shows in English and Spanish. "Nurse Rona" hosted a weekly call-in radio show for over nine years, and has appeared on many television shows, including CNN and 20/20. Rona is the author of Is That Me Yelling, a book aimed to help parents learn how to effectively communicate with their kids by focusing on their child's unique temperament, and their ownShe loves working with parents one-on-one, in groups, or in large workshops. Rona is happily married, has four adult children, and two grandsons.

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