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Barnard College’s “toddler whisperer” and professor of psychology Tovah P. Klein offers expert advice for staying close this Mother's Day while socially distancing.

What is going on inside the toddler brain?

Can toddlers share?

These and more questions are answered in our new podcast interview with Dr. Tovah Klein, author of How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success.  Dr. Klein is the director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development.


In a city where competition for sought-after schools starts when children are in diapers, a hot ticket is run by a Barnard College psychology professor who lets extremely willful little New Yorkers resolve their own disputes.


Read about Dr. Tovah P. Klein and the Barnard Center for Toddler Development in the Wall Street Journal (6/15/2014):

Parenting from your child's point of view means shifting your orientation, and seeing the world from a new perspective. Instead of understanding your child from a "top-down" adult position, think and look at the world as if you were their age and size. It's something I think about every day as the director of the Barnard Center for Toddler Development at Barnard College, where I have had the pleasure of working with children and their parents for nearly two decades. 


Read Tovah P. Klein on Huffington Post 2/18/2014:

Child psychologist and director of the Barnard Center for Toddler Development Dr. Tovah P. Klein reveals what parents can do to help their toddler grow into a fulfilled child and adult, and she discusses new science that shows that resilience, self-reliance, self-regulation, and empathy are more critical to success than simple intelligence.

Listen to Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D on Leonard Lopate show from 6/17/2014:


"A Milestone at 40 Years"  Barnard celebrates the Center for Toddler Development as it turns 40.  Read more about the history of the center, current work being done, and what exciting changes are upcoming, including a new state-of-the-art research and observation facility.


Prof. Tovah Klein weighs in on HBO film, Don’t Divorce Me! Kids’ Rules for Parents on Divorce, and offers parents sound advice. 

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Director Tovah Klein, Ph.D. offers strategies to parents after Hurricane Sandy.  She stresses the importance of routines, and cautions parents to keep their own anxiety in check.  Read more here:


Barnard's groundbreaking Center for Toddler Development continues to meld creative play with academic research.  Read Barnard Magazine's Winter 2013 cover story celebrating the 40 year milestone:


Prof. Tovah Klein offers guidance on how best to handle discussions with children, and when it's best to shield them entirely.  She stresses "if the parents take care of themselves ... and can handle their emotional reaction... separately from their child, then they will be able to be a better parent through this."

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Prof. Tovah Klein observes: “Children at this age are so curious and they’re observing everything.  If you’re engrossed in this screen you’re not seeing or observing or taking it in.”



Is your little one just acting out—or is it a behavioral warning sign?  Prof. Tovah Klein advises parents on what's normal and when to seek advice from an expert.

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Is your 3-year-old's behavior getting out of hand?  Prof. Tovah Klein contributes on unique ways of making day-to-day tasks with your toddler easier.  

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“They have no sense of what time or day it is, so a routine is the only way they know what's going on," says Tovah Klein, director of the Barnard College Toddler Center in New York City. "It helps them feel safe and secure when they're going through such huge developmental changes."