Dr. B has a PHD in school psychology and specializes in early childhood development (ages 0-5). She is also my sister. Which is why I get to take advantage of her brilliance for free. Since Day One of Mommy Shorts, Dr. B has answered reader-submitted questions every Wednesday and thus added a bit of credibility to my otherwise ridiculous blog.

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about topics that she has already addressed. So I decided to make a Dr. B glossary for your reference. Bookmark it, refer back to it when necessary, and I will continue to add to it as she doles out more of her wisdom and advice.

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered below, just email it to myshort@mommyshorts.com.

Early Childhood Development Questions & Answers:


How to Stop a Tantrum

How To Teach Patience & Self-Control

How to Stop a Baby from Biting

How to React to Your Baby Hitting

How to Stop Your Baby from Screaming

How to Handle a Strong-Willed Child

Ten Strategies for Dealing with Attention Seeking Behavior

How to Win a Diaper Changing Battle

The Magic of the Countdown

5 Steps to Stop Your Toddler from Hitting

The #1 Tool to Help Set Time Limits

10 Ways to Teach Your Toddler to Listen

9 Strategies to Keep Your Toddler Seated at Dinner

10 Ways to Stop the Whining

How to Stop a Toddler from Throwing Things



How to Get Your Child Over a Fear of the Dark

How to Deal with Separation Anxiety

How to Help a Baby Get Over a Fear of the Bath

How to Deal with Fear and Monsters

How to Reduce Clinginess & Encourage Independence

How to Talk to a Child About Death



How to Prepare Your Child for a New Sibling

How to Transition from a Bottle to a Cup

How to Prepare Your Kid for a Move

How to Deal With Picky Eating

How To Stop a Thumbsucker

How to Keep Your Kid Out of Your Bed

How to Reduce Dependence on a Comfort Item



Top Ten Tips For Reading to Your Baby

Five Tricks To Get Your Toddler Talking

How to Get Your Baby To Stop Swearing

Top Ten Developmental Tips for Parents of a One-Year-Old

Understanding How Babies Learn Language

Why “Your Baby Can Read” is Wasted Money

Do Pacifiers Hinder Talking?

The Right Amount of Screen Time

What Should a Child Learn in Preschool?



How To Stop Your Kid from Being Overly Affectionate at School

Nakedness Curiosity Protocol

How To Address Questions About Sex from a Five-Year-Old

How to Stop Your Kid From Taking Off All Their Clothes



When to Start: 10 Signs Your Toddler is Ready for Potty Training

9 Ways to Increase Readiness for Potty Training

Potty Training 101: What you need, how to set your child up for success, teaching the basics and formal training



4 Outdoor Activities For Toddlers