Parenting through the toddler years: Five-Week Series

Workshop series for parents/caregivers with children 12-36 months

The toddler years are a time of rapid growth and change. As toddlers gain new abilities and begin to desire more independence, they can also demonstrate challenging behavior-such as tantrums, refusing to cooperate, hitting, and biting—that leave even seasoned caregivers at a loss.

In this five-week series, parents have the opportunity to share more about their unique child, ask questions, and practice evidence-based positive discipline techniques with other parents of toddlers.

Weekly topics include:

  • Toddler sleep (night weaning, nap regressions, nightmares, transitioning to a toddler bed)

  • Potty training (when/how to begin, no-pressure strategies, and language/techniques to engage toddlers)

  • Positive discipline strategies for challenging toddler behaviors like tantrums, refusing to cooperate, hitting, biting and more.

  • Preventative strategies to reduce challenging behaviors, including floor time, routines and rituals, and self-care for parents

  • Sensory and art activities (great alternatives to screen time) that will help to focus over- excited toddlers, create calming effects and help organize your child’s developing brain. 

Please note that the Parenting Your Toddler Intro course (or the Toddler Transition course) is a prerequisite for the five-week series.

upcoming Series Dates:

Early Childhood Matters will also be offering a special Potty Training 101 class separately. This class is usually part of our Parenting Through the Toddler Years 5-week series over the Summer, just in time to get your child ready for preschool!

Tuesday, July 31, 7:30-9pm @ Recess Urban Recreation

To register:

When do I start potty training?
Is the 3-day method best for my child?
Will potty training with m&m’s backfire at all?
How does night-training work?

These may be just a few of your questions when you think about this seemingly daunting task of saying goodbye to diapers!

Recommended for parents of children 14-36 months old.

Enroll: Advance Sign-Ups Required

Cost: $38 single/$58 couple Recess members receive discount (up to 25%) on enrollment!

Join Rebecca Walsh, Director of Early Childhood Matters to learn strategies for supporting your child during potty training. Learn how to use a gentle approach to help guide her through this important development milestone. This course teaches positive methods not based on reward systems that will encourage internal motivation and cooperation from even the youngest child. We will discuss the positives and pitfalls of popular methods including the "three day method" and learn developmentally appropriate techniques based on best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education. Rebecca will also share her best tips and tricks from 20-years experience helping to potty train other people's children as well as her own three potty-trained children!

Please email if you have further questions.

“I took the “Parenting Your Toddler” class for 18-36 month olds from Rebecca Walsh. It was invaluable and I learned so much. I appreciated gaining some insight into what is going on in my toddler’s growing brain and learning the various strategies—both preventative and in response to behaviors. I have seen a change in the way we interact when I am employing these strategies at home. I would highly recommend this class to any parent/caregiver of a toddler. Thank you for this opportunity!”
— Carly, Parent participant