xv  Introduction Navigating the toddler years is a challenge for many parents, and so often, there seem to be more questions than answers. Is it OK for my child to play games on a tablet? When will she be ready for toilet training? Should I let my toddler watch television? Are apps really educa- tional? Why won’t my child share his toys? The toddler years can be both magical and challenging. During this period of rapid growth and development, your child is gaining experience with important life skills and gradually building a solid foundation for the future. Of course, there are troublesome behaviors that parents have to deal with, and figuring out how to address these behaviors can be extremely stressful. Fortunately, this book shares research-based information and practical strategies that parents and other caregivers can use to help them deal with a variety of issues that are common during the toddler years, such as picky eating, toilet training, tantrums, hitting, and other difficult behav- iors. Additionally, parents have to make decisions related to their child’s technology exposure on a daily basis, and guidance is always helpful when making these important decisions. These pages can help steer parents when set- ting guidelines related to technology use and screen time exposure during the toddler years. As a mother of three, author of the parenting book Retro Baby, and an occupational therapist who has worked in the pediatric field for more than 25 years, I understand the importance of limiting screen time and technology exposure, and I’ve seen firsthand how overuse of elec- tronics can negatively affect child development. In fact, RETRO_TODDLER_INTERIOR.indd 15 2/27/18 9:06 AM
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