Parenting Toddlers Tips #1

Some tips for parenting a toddler: show affection, only give them necessary rules for safety, try and prevent tantrums before they start, enforce any consequences from bad behavior, and set a good example!

To elaborate on those last posted tips, here are some important things to know. When trying to prevent tantrums, you need to:

Know what your child’s limits are.
Explain how they need to follow the rules.
Even if toddler says no, keep asking, but also try distracting them first, then asking again.
If you tell your toddler no all the time, they are likely to have a temper tantrum. Try saying yes every once in a while.
Try to let your kid have the opportunity to choose, so they feel more in control.
Do not give your child a toy that is too advanced, help them so they do not get frustrated and throw a fit.
Get in the habit of doing a daily routine. This is especially important, as children are more resistant to change but will accept their routine.
Encourage your child to talk instead of whining. AJ has this problem and we are working with him on it. It might be because he is tongue-tied, we have to ask his doctor at his next appointment.

AJ has learned how to throw his trash away. We are so proud, he is constantly doing it when we give him his snacks. It is great! He is learning and growing so fast.

When you go to enforce those consequences, you need to:

Let them see what happens when they choose certain actions. Do not let them get hurt, but if they throw a toy and it breaks, your child will learn they can no longer play with that toy.
Create consequences that make sense. If your child does not pick up their toys, take them away.
Take away something your child likes. Do not let them watch TV or play with their favorite toy.
Put them in timeout. Explain to your child why you are doing this, and put them in a quiet area with no toys or distractions.

These can help children understand the reason for their consequences and what behaviors have caused them.