Hurrying Is the Enemy

October 22, 2014 3:49 PM

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Hurrying Is the Enemy

The outing to Starbucks with our 2-year-old grandtoddler was perfect. Not a glitch. No screaming, no crying, no collapsing into a heap, no refusal to walk, no running into the street, no running away. And not one single tantrum. Ah, the joys of being a grandparent. Admittedly, the walk, which usually takes 15 minutes each way, took two hours. But it came off without a hitch. Why?

I am no special grandparent. I have no tricks up my sleeve. (OK. Well, maybe a few.) But what I do know is that when it comes to toddlers, hurrying is the enemy. You say, "C'mon, let's go! We have to go! Hurry up! We're going to be late." Your toddler hears you say, "You are not in control." And the...

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