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How do I support my toddler's emotional and behavioral development?

Toddlers are amazing! However, toddlerhood can leave even the calmest parent feeling defeated on a daily basis. These years don't have to be so hard. We have decades of research on parenting strategies that have been shown to support positive emotional, social, and behavior development in young kids.

Created by two psychologist moms with over 25 years of combined experience, the Toddler Guide presents you with 7 concrete tools to improve parent-child relationships, reduce parenting stress, and decrease challenging behaviors.

This guide is for you if:


  • You have a toddler between 1-4 years of age

  • You want to learn how to best support your child’s emotional development

  • You want to know how to effectively set boundaries on challenging behaviors

  • You want more than just tips and tricks... you want an entire framework that produces lasting benefits for both you and your child

Look no further, you are in the right place! Together with 2 child psychologists we created the perfect guide to help provide you with the best tools to get you through the toddler years confidently.

In This Guide We Cover: 

What to expect during the toddler years.
Brain development and how it impacts toddlers' emotions and behaviors.
Child temperament and why it's important for parents.
How to build a positive relationship with your toddler.
Concrete strategies to prevent challenging behaviors.
A 4-step approach to responding to difficult situations such as tantrums, aggression, and unsafe behaviors.
What to do if you need more support.

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We got you!

Finding yourself lost as your toddler's personality is "growing"? We have the answer to all your struggles. This guide will provide you with all the tools and tips you need to lay healthy boundaries and discipline with your little one. Your toddler has lots of big feelings and emotions, we will teach you how to best communicate back when those big feelings come out.

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My little one is 16 months old and i was very concerned about her personality changing and as she gets closer to "terrible twos" I wanted to know exactly what to expect and what I can do bet to support her. This guide nailed it! I feel so prepared for what she has coming. I see my niece who is 2.5 and I know what these adorable humans are capable of. I wanted to have the best words for my girl when necessary and I am feeling so confident after reading this guide! thank you!

Jennifer E

About the Authors

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Dr. Jenna Elgin

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Dr. Shanna Alvarez

Drs. Jenna Elgin and Shanna Alvarez are the two child psychologists who collaborate in a comprehensive parent support resource called Helping Families Thrive. Their mission is to bring parenting science to the every day parent. Drs. Elgin and Alvarez became good friends while they completing their Ph.D.s at the University of Washington. Their professional experiences include research in child development and clinical support to hundreds of families. As moms of 3 kids each, they relate to the joys and struggles of parenting. They bridge the gap between the information to which most parents have access and the rigorously researched tools they have from their training to bring parents real peace of mind. They lead informative workshops and have a comprehensive parenting eCourse for parents of children ages 2-10. These resources equip parents with practical, evidence-based strategies for all the tricky situations experienced everyday by parents. Learn More HERE. 


Hila Bahari

After having my first child in 2018 I started MamaGuide, a creative outlet to help new mothers transition into motherhood. I quickly learned that adapting to motherhood and the wealth of advice that came along with it, was not one size fits all. This made me want to create a platform that could connect and help mothers around the world. As mamas, we all have different experiences and knowledge when it comes to keeping our little ones and ourselves in good shape. My goal is to inspire, educate, and support new moms by providing resources, tips, and most importantly, my first hand experience.

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