This is another little miracle I found over the years in dealing with toddlers. Sometimes they can easily react to the busyness of the day beginning-we have an agenda as mothers, especially the mothers of many, of things we want to do that day and things that need to get done. And routines are so important for ALL of us. But I found that many grouchy, obstinate, whiny toddlers can quickly change to having a great day if we just slow down, even for a few minutes and hold them, hug them, talk to them, or read to them, or set up some little toy for them—almost like they needed to ‘touch home base’ (literally connect with us through physical closeness) before they set off on their day. Suddenly the clinginess can stop, and it changes their whole demeanor.