Toddlers aren’t all the same. How can you best
work with yours?
Does your toddler tend to be
Strong-willed and feisty?………………….or…………………..Cautious
- Always on the move?
Difficulty with sleep?
Resists dressing or getting in the car seat?
- Temper Tantrums?
Hard to discipline—Won’t mind, Won’t stop?
Hitting, biting, won’t share?
- Clingy, cries when left with a new sitter?
Holds back in new situations?
Rejects new food or clothes?
- Gets easily upset in crowds?
Not involved with other children?
Afraid of dogs and cats?
At the Preventive Ounce, you can:
Fill in a temperament questionnaire and immediately see a
profile of your toddler’s temperament. The thumbnail
examples below show how different toddlers are in terms
of low or high Sensitivity, Movement, Intensity, Adaptability
What are your toddler's traits? (Click for
Learn what specific behavior issues
are normal for your toddler. Child behavior depends
in large part on temperament. For example:
- It’s normal for high-energy, emotionally intense toddlers to push the limits and show aggression.
- It’s normal for sensitive, cautious toddlers to experience separation anxiety.
- Adults who don’t understand temperament may describe
your toddler as aggressive, stubborn, hyper, or just
Then learn how to manage behavior issues in ways that are tailored to your child’s temperament.
Once you know what to expect, the Preventive Ounce website
explains how to manage the issues that are normal for your
child. Knowing your toddler's temperament helps you understand
what triggers problem behaviors. Then you can prevent some
meltdowns, calmly offer support during others, and gradually
teach more mature ways to behave.
Learn to work with inborn traits... rather than struggle
Gradually, over the preschool years, you can help your child
begin to manage his or her own temperament traits—a valuable
History: The temperament traits discussed
here were first described over in the 1940's by Drs.
Stella Chess and Alexander Thomas. Since then, more than
40,000 parents have used the Preventive Ounce to
make parenting easier and to avoid unnecessary blame
Who should use this program? ALL parents. Every child has a temperament, and every temperament has different issues and risks.
$10, a 1-year family membership lets you:
- Fill out 4 temperament profiles on
4 different infants, toddlers, or preschoolers, or different
adults can complete profiles on the same baby/child.
- Have access to individualized parenting
strategies for 1 year.
Your $ also help maintain and upgrade
this non-profit website. Thank you.