The Big 3 Battles: Eating, Sleeping, and Cleaning Up Toys

Managing the most difficult times of day
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 (26 ratings)
784 students
54min of on-demand video
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Recognize developmentally appropriate behavior in your child's fight against eating, sleeping, and cleaning up toys
Identify your child's most common weapons in their fight again eating, sleeping, and cleaning up toys
Identify your key weapons in the fight against not eating, sleeping, and cleaning up toys
Develop a plan for what to do before, during, and after the battle to eat, sleep, or clean up toys.


  • There are no requirements for taking this course, although you will find it helpful if you are currently caring for at least one young child.


This course is intended to help support parents, grandparents, foster parents, and other caregivers as they navigate three of the biggest battles- getting their child to eat, sleep, and clean up their toys. You will be introduced to three strategies that can be applied to each of these battles, and then work on creating your own battle plan for supporting your child through these tough times of day.

We will look at 3 of the most common issues parents complain about in each battle area. For eating, we'll look at the child who is not willing to try new things, the one always hungry for snacks but not for a meal, and the slow eater. For sleeping, we'll discuss how to work with the child who won't go to bed, the one who won't stay in bed, and the who cannot fall asleep without an adult with them. Then, we'll go over how consistency, repetition, and teamwork can help make clean up time easier and less dramatic. Lastly, you will have the chance to create your own plan for one issue you would like to work on with your child.

Each section comes with added resources such as online articles, blog posts, and printable pages you can customize to your needs.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is intended for anyone working with, living with or caring for young children; parents, grandparents, childcare workers, teachers, foster parents, babysitters, nannies, etc.


Erin Hinton
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 221 Reviews
  • 3,424 Students
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By day, I am a preschool teacher. By night, I am an adult educator. Both of these roles have come together in my position as program director and teacher at a parent cooperative preschool in West Sacramento, CA. I have a Masters Degree in Education, 13 years of teaching experience, and 21 years of life in the trenches, raising children. I believe what the research proves- that a child's most important development happens in the first five years. I also believe it is the highest achievement to be a life-long learner. Parents and early caregivers are the child's first teachers, and as such need support and encouragement as they navigate both the joys and challenges of working with children. No one is an island, and no one is truly alone.

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