Author - Crystal Clair

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Crystal Clair is a mom, wife and therapist. She is an active member in Chicago Moms in Business group and the practice owner of CFC Therapy Group in Lincoln Park. Her biggest joy in life is watching change happen, big or small — the experience never gets old.

How to make potty training your toddler fun. Yes, fun.

So your child is about to begin this huge stage of independent self-care and you have a million questions. Are they ready? Are you ready? Is it going to be a complete disaster? Will they cry? Will you?

On the flip side, there’s the glory of no more diapers. Ever. Think of all the saved money you can stash away in that college fund. Not to mention, you really need a break. Plus, most preschools won’t let you drop off a kid who isn’t fully potty trained.

Clearly, this has to happen. Y...

Posted on June 04, 2019 at 1:13 PM by Crystal Clair

How I deal with my toddler's meltdowns

Photo credit: Emily/Flickr

We call them “slow motion meltdowns” in our house. I am a mom of a 20-month-old spirited boy. He wants what he wants, when he wants it. Don’t we all? My son knows how much it hurts to throw himself on the ground when I can’t catch him. So instead, he has perfected a slow-motion fall backward that ends with him crying, looking up at the sky.

When talking to other moms, including my own, the common advice seems to be: “Just leave him there, and he will come ...

Posted on May 18, 2016 at 9:25 AM by Crystal Clair