I had the pleasure of interviewing Blythe to pick her brain a little about this book and her tips for parenting. Enjoy the interview below.
1. Why do you think you are the perfect person to write this book?
I have had over 35 years of experience taking care of over 1000 babies, toddlers and their parents. I have used every tip in my books to help with those everyday issues that arise those first few years. And I am also a mom, so I truly understand parenting on a personal level as well.
2. What is your best tip for parents of toddlers?
Consistency, Consistency, Consistency. Those toddler years can be a little trying while your little bundle of joy is trying out his/her wings of independence. It’s our job as parents, to set boundaries and rules during this stage of life that not only allow our toddlers to learn about the world, but to also keep them safe. Here’s an example: If you don’t allow your toddler to walk around eating a snack and food is only eaten at the table, consistently stick to this rule even when you’re tired. Once you waiver, it’s tough to reinforce. Toddlers are really smart and have great memories!
3. What was the biggest lesson you learned from writing this book?
Self-discipline and goal setting is the name of the game when you’re an author. When it’s time to concentrate and write, no cell phone, no home phone, no checking emails or getting a snack. When it’s time to work on a chapter, that’s the only thing that should be happening. I am a morning person and my favorite time to write is 6am-10am! So if I don’t answer the phone, please understand!
4. What is your favorite chapter? Why?
This is such a tough question as I love all the chapters and happy that they will help so many parents.
My chapter “Toddlers Gone Wild,” comes from the same questions I’ve heard over and over. What do I do when my toddler is having a tantrum? This chapter has so many tips to help parents get things under control, tantrums shouldn’t be a problem anymore.
“Funny Stories” just had me cracking up! And I was so grateful to the many parents who shared them.
And I love “Take Your Finger Our of Your Nose”. Toddlers are so uninhibited. While learning about the world, their antics are so innocent but hysterical. Maybe not at the time, but looking back when raising my own children, I have more than a few that we still laugh about!