Handling separation issues with your toddler

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Handling separation issues with your toddler

Handling separation with your toddler starts with understanding where your toddler is in their development. They are balancing this equal drive within independence – a drive toward independence, autonomy and exploration – and a drive toward relationship, connection and attachment. And when parents can embrace this back and forth need that the child is driven to go toward, the child can better integrate these two polar opposite needs. As well as parents offering validation to their child when they’re struggling with separation, “You don’t want mommy to go.” And reassurance, “Mommy always comes back.” And as parents do that consistently, the child will internalize this fact and as they mature, they will be better able to handle separations.

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Allison LaTona, MFT

Parent Educator, Marriage & Family Therapist

Allison LaTona, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist, whose life-changing consultation groups provide a practical and compassionate roadmap for those navigating the journey of parenthood. LaTona has 18 years of experience counseling children, families, couples and individuals, and has facilitated groups in private practice, as well as at Santa Monica's Babygroup with Donna Holloran, MSW, for over a decade. La Tona is an author for Twigtale, an online resource for creating transition books for young children.  

Focusing on respectful parenting philosophies, the power of language, emotional intelligence, and a child's natural developmental capabilities, LaTona offers specific strategies and invaluable insights that ease the inherent challenges of contemporary parenthood. Her work empowers parents with the vision and tools to create thriving and fulfilling family lives, and fosters long-term connections within a supportive community. With 13 years "in the trenches" raising two young children of her own, LaTona's personal path complements her professional credentials. Her empathy, experience, and dedication fuel her passionate commitment to her work.

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