For parents, it becomes difficult to handle toddlers and discipline them as they become fussy. They don’t differentiate between right and wrong making it increasingly hard for parents to imbibe good habits. Toddlers behaving badly can be a nightmare for parents leaving them helplessly confused.
Look at the Tips for Disciplining Toddlers:
- Pick Your BattlesIt’s important to prioritize things as saying no to everything that your toddler asks for or does will make them rebellious. Instead of saying no, make them understand the repercussions.
- Know Your Child’s TriggersSome of the bad behavior can be prevented if you know what triggers the behavior. Distract them by offering toys or feed them or put them to sleep as some kids act out when they are tired, hungry, or frustrated.
- Be ConsistentChildren at this age are learning as to how people react to their behavior. If you say yes one day and no on another for the same activity, they will get confused.
- Don’t Get EmotionalWhen the toddler refuses to behave the way you want, don’t scream on them. They won’t be able to comprehend the negative emotions of parents.
- Keep It Short and SimpleWhen trying to explain to your child why they should not do something, keep it short as they will not listen to you beyond a point.
- Give a Time-OutToddlers never want to get separated from their toys or siblings or parents, so a threat of time-out should help you.
- Stay PositiveToddlers can give you a tough time but keeping a calm and positive attitude is the only way to deal with the situation.
Ages & Stages
- At 18 monthsAt this age, the child is impulsive, fearless, and curious and wants to explore everything.
- At age 2 The child learns their motor skills and becomes more frustrated when things don’t happen their way resulting in fussy tantrums.
- At age 3At this age, the child may also argue with you and you will have a tough time convincing them.