Stop Second-Guessing Yourself — The Toddler Years

Stop Second Guessing Yourself — The Toddler Years

by Jen Singer

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“What parent of a wily two-year-old couldn’t use some help? Singer delivers a funny yet deeply practical set of pointers on wrangling toddlers. Written in short paragraphs for quick reading, chapters cover, e.g., travel, food, sleep problems, play groups, and safety, with sound, developmentally appropriate information. Dollops of advice, tips, and thoughts on the joys of toddlerhood culled from moms who contribute to the web site are sprinkled in for emphasis. Preparedness and consistency with a bit of no-nonsense discipline are Singer’s winning strategies for managing what can be, to say the least, a challenging phase of a child’s life. Appreciated as well are her exhortations to moms and dads to care for themselves with the same enthusiasm as they care for their children.

“Award-winning website creator, blogger, Stop Second-Guessing Yourself: The Toddler Years, a no-nonsense guide to dealing with rambunctious toddlers. Though written especially for stay-at-home moms (and dads!), “Stop Second-Guessing Yourself” is an absolute must-read for all parents with toddlers (or soon-to-be toddling infants). Chapters discuss how to prepare for taking one’s toddler on the go, dealing with sleep issues, potty training, how to keep one’s toddler safe inside and outside the home, playdates and playgroups, how to cope when toddler is sick (and inevitably contagious), and much more. “You can’t let your toddler play with your phone just so you can get through the supermarket in peace and then expect him to understand why he can’t play with it elsewhere. Your phone is off-limits to your toddler all of the time, no matter how desperate you are at Stop & Shop. Rather, give him a toy cell phone.” Stop Second-Guessing Yourself: The Toddler Years is especially recommended as a baby shower gifts for parents of a toddler who are expecting a second child!”

“Jen [Singer] has bestowed us with the rare parenting guides that actually give parents the shot of confidence we need to survive another day. Or sometimes, just another five minutes.” — Cool Mom Picks

Jen Singer’s “Stop-Guessing Yourself books have a thank-goodness-I’m-not-the-only-one tone while also offering practical advice for whatever parenting challenges may arise.” — Kristina Sauerwein, Baby Center’s Momformation blog
Read the review at Baby Center’s Momformation.

“Jen’s book is SO MUCH fun, it ALMOST really and truly makes me wish my kids were back in the Toddler stage again! And the great part about Jen’s writing is that she makes us feel less alone, less crazed, less insane on all things Motherhood!” — Stephanie Eliott at Betty Confidential.

“Who said toddlers didn’t come with training manuals?” Read the review of Jen’s new book over at Spriteskeeper.

“This book offers sound advice and encouragement about everything from bedtime to potty training readiness to, of course, meltdowns in the middle of Target” Read the review of Jen’s new book over at Turn it Up Mom


May 2009


When it comes to raising a toddler, forget about ‘what to expect.’ It’s the unexpected that transforms calm, collected women into frazzled, fried moms. Days when you’re running on four hours’ sleep and your toddler is melting down on the grocery store floor; times when you’re wondering how to dislodge a small object from your child’s nose; or those minutes when you think it surely must be two o’clock…except it’s only ten thirty. So much for the blessed moments that moms admit to. Welcome to reality.

In Stop Second-Guessing Yourself — The Toddler Years, award-winning web site creator and blogger Jen Singer offers the same camaraderie, advice, and encouragement she’s become known for as the Internet’s favorite Momma. Filled with proven real-world parenting tips, moms’ true confessions, and plenty of humor, this validating guide will help you survive the toddler years with more confidence. From bedtime to naps, feeding and potty-training, finding the right playgroup to finding mom-time, it’s all here and more. It’s the field guide to confident parenting that you’ll want to keep in the diaper bag, just in case.


“Thank goodness for Jen Singer: She’ll talk you down off the ledge of parenting, then make you laugh and actually enjoy this crazy time.”
– Sarah Smith, Senior Editor, Parenting magazine

“For mothers wondering whether they’re the only ones who find birthday parties a nightmare and getting out the door impossible, Stop Second Guessing Yourself is a lifeline. Jen Singer weaves together pages and pages of practical advice, funny stories and insights. Her mixture of humor, reality and compassion will give all moms a lift.”
– Kate Kelly, Managing Editor, American Baby

“Jen Singer’s books are full of great advice to help moms conquer the toughest job in town: parenting. In fact, she’s been my own potty whisperer! They say it takes a village to raise a child, but Jen has managed to gather all the town’s mothers and pass along great advice for us all.”
– Melissa Joan Hart, actress

“Jen Singer gets it! Finally someone who truly understands what parents are going through. Take a break from the insanity and read Jen’s book. It’s laugh out loud funny and jam packed with parenting tips that really work!”
– Juli Auclair, Host/Parents TV

“Just when you need it most, Jen Singer’s books help remind you that laughter and a sense of humor are essential to parenting.”
– Charlene Prince Birkeland, parenting editor for Yahoo! Shine and founder of

“Smart, down-to-earth, hilarious yet useful for real-life moms riding those everyday waves, Jen Singer’s books are as essential as an extra diaper and that emergency cookie.”
– Pamela Redmond Satran, coauthor of Cool Names for Babies and The Baby Name Bible and founder of

“Everyone needs a mom friend like Jen Singer. She shares the straight scoop on poopies, parties and playdates, infusing motherhood with common sense, sanity and sound advice. We can’t all live next door to Jen (believe me, I wish I could), but you can still get the benefit of her wisdom and wit in her MommaSaid guides to motherhood. Being a mom is challenging enough. Jen makes it easier and more fun.” –Marybeth Hicks Columnist, The Washington Times, Author, “Bringing Up Geeks: How to protect your kid’s childhood in a grow-up-too-fast world”

“In her MommaSaid book series, Jen Singer offers up solid, field-tested parenting advice for weary moms. Her easy wit and humor deliver instant self esteem and validation. She’s the next best thing to having a sister or friend who’s been through the tough early years of motherhood.” – Dr. Joshua Coleman, author of “WHEN PARENTS HURT: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don’t Get Along”; Senior Fellow with the Council on Contemporary Families.

 Jen Singer is the author of Stop Second-Guessing Yourself — The Preschool Years, Stop Second-Guessing Yourself — The Toddler Years, You’re a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren’t So Bad Either) and 14 Hours ‘Til Bedtime: A Stay-at-Home Mom’s Life in 27 Funny Little Stories. For two years, she wrote the Good Grief blog for and has written for or served as a resource for The New York Times, The CBS Evening News, CBS The Early Show, USA Today, Associated Press, Parenting, Family Circle, Real Simple, American Baby, Parents and more. A Pull-Ups Potty Training Partner, Singer is the creator of, the back fence of the Internet and a Forbes “Best of the Web” community. She has served as a spokesperson for SC Johnson’s Nature’s Source, Coinstar and Hershey/Kraft’s S’mores and more. She is the creator of “Please Take My Children to Work Day,” a holiday for stay-at-home moms celebrated on the last Monday of each June which was officially proclaimed by governors in at least a dozen states. Visit Jen Singer at

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