Misbehavior is Growth: An Observant Parent's Guide to the Toddler Years Everyone has heard about how children go through the "Terrible Twos." What if you were to find out that this frustrating behavior has order in it? That the "misbehavior" comes and goes in a predictable way, and each cycle brings with it an amazing new transformation?
In this groundbreaking book, Amber Domoradzki presents her research which found that toddlers go through 12 predictable cycles between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old. During each cycle, they fall apart for a period of time, becoming whiny, possessive, jealous, angry, clumsy, or confused, but then have a dramatic burst of new ability.
In this book you'll find, for each milestone, expanded details about each, ways to handle the difficult behavior, and activities to help develop toddlers’ enormous mental growth. Discover why you can expect a huge meltdown around 2 years, 7 months when you try to leave the park: because the child is coming to their first understanding that there is a past, present, and future. Learn about the many new exciting abilities that develop in the toddler years, including reasoning capability, empathy, and a sense of right and wrong.
The goal of "Misbehavior is Growth" is to help you see these age-related behaviors not as times of disrespect or naughtiness but as developmentally critical times to respond to with love, connection, and guidance. Each milestone is not just a time of difficulty to get through but a great investment opportunity to teach a child a new skill. Using this approach, instead of fighting the "misbehavior," you can playfully roll with it and use the understanding of your child’s new development to your child's and your family's great advantage.