Easing toddler transitions

Barbara Olinger, MSW Parenting Consultant, explains why toddlers have difficulty transitioning from one activity to the next and shares advice for parents on how to best help ease your toddler's transitions
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Children have a difficult time transitioning in a way from playing, to leaving the house, going to bed, eating dinner. And this can be true even when you do the five minute warning, two minute warning. A key here is that young children do not want to leave their world of play and if we come in for setting the limit, dinner in five minutes, that's saying that's the priority and that's the world the parental demands and children often resist that. So instead if we enter their world letting them know how important it is to them and we know it is important and we honor it, we form a foundation in which we could be more cooperative, So if we go in saying, "wow I see you playing with trucks, you've been playing for a really long time. It's looks like your having fun and dinner is going to be ready in five minutes." That gives them the message that we can honor their world and at times that we still have to set limits.

Barbara Olinger, MSW Parenting Consultant, explains why toddlers have difficulty transitioning from one activity to the next and shares advice for parents on how to best help ease your toddler's transitions

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Barbara Olinger, MSW

Parenting Consultant

Barbara Olinger has her master's degree in social work and has been working with children and families in both therapeutic and educational settings for over 30 years. She is currently Director of Family Development at the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside and has a private practice focusing on parenting education and teacher training.  She is the author of the parenting book, Growing From the Roots: A Practical Guide to the Art of Parenting, now on DVD along with Welcoming Your Second Child. She has two sons, ages 23 and 20 years old.  

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