Big Little Feelings offers tips to be a better parent to tantrum-throwing toddlers
Parenting is hard — but it could get a little easier, thanks to the wisdom of two local toddler whisperers.
Driving the news: Colorado's PBS12 is launching a new short-form program called "Big Little Moment" with Denver-based moms Deena Margolin, a licensed child therapist, and Kristin Gallant, a parent coach.
- The two are the founders of the mega-popular parenting platform, Big Little Feelings, which offers online courses for parents of kids ages 1 to 6 and has gained more than 3 million Instagram followers.
Why it matters: Raising toddlers is one of the toughest jobs there is, and caretakers could use all the help they can get.
- More than 27 million parents in the U.S. have kids younger than 6, the latest U.S. Census Bureau data shows.
What they're saying: "Your toddler's tantrums say nothing about you as a parent, and it doesn't mean your kid is a bad kid," Gallant says in the show's first two-minute episode, "Let's Talk Tantrums," which debuted in late December.
- They're actually a "natural" part of brain development, so "the best thing you can do is just let your child have that release" and validate their feelings — no matter how ridiculous they may seem.
What's next: The show's second episode, airing Saturday, is full of even more tantrum-taming tips to help empower parents with useful new strategies.
How to watch: Viewers can tune into the weekly Saturday series over-the-air on channel 12; Comcast channel 660 in Denver and Northern Colorado or 712 in Colorado Springs and Pueblo; on Hulu LiveTV; or stream online at PBS12.org.
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