How to Train Your Toddler
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Is there any parent who hasn’t experienced both unwavering love and wrath towards their child at the same time?
Our precious children make us anxious because they push the limits of everything around them. They are learning new skills day by day and are eager and delighted to put them to use.
Retaining a child can be difficult at times, but it is possible. Furthermore, establishing boundaries and standards now, when your child is still learning what actions are appropriate, will help avoid more serious issues in the future.
Here are some suggestions to assist you in keeping your child on the correct path.
Consistency is crucial when it comes to discipline. Parents who don’t enforce the rules and punishments they establish don’t raise children who do.
For instance, if you tell your child that a timeout is a punishment for bad behavior, make sure to follow through on that promise. Only warn them about things you can do. Your power is undermined by empty threats.
And keep in mind that children learn by imitating adults, especially their parents. Therefore make sure your actions are up to par.
You’ll leave a much greater impact on your child when you ask them to pick up their toys if you’ve put your things away as opposed to leaving them lying around the room.
Get Rid of Temptation
You’ve probably worked out by now that your toddler is curious and wants to explore the world. As toddlers are by nature inquisitive, avoid temptations as much as you can.
That includes putting items like phones, TVs, and other devices out of children’s reach. Watch out for choking risks like jewelry, buttons, and other objects that children might swallow.
Also, always keep medications and cleaning products out of the reach of children.
Employ a diversion or reroute
If your toddler does approach an inappropriate or hazardous object, gently say “No” and either remove your child from the situation or place the hazardous item out of their reach, or divert their attention with something else. This is known as “redirection,” and it can be a great parenting strategy.
Avoid hitting, spanking, or slapping your child. Children at this age are unlikely to link their behavior to physical punishment.
Spanking conveys the message that it’s acceptable to hit someone out of anger. According to experts, timeouts and other kinds of discipline are just as beneficial as paddling.
Timeouts are a good type of punishment if you need to use a stricter approach with your kid. Timeout works because you “time out” of your constructive concentration.
A 2- or 3-year-old who has been hitting, biting, or hurling food, for instance, should be instructed in a calm, neutral voice as to why the action is improper and then sent to a designated timeout location, such as a kitchen chair or the bottom step, for a few minutes to calm down.
A reasonable rule of thumb for timeouts is 1 minute each year of age, and 3-5 minutes is adequate. Extended timeouts don’t offer any extra advantages.
However, they might defeat your efforts if your kid gets up (and refuses to come back) before you declare the timeout to be over.
If your child gets up before the timeout is over, calmly reposition them in the timeout chair or location (without talking or drawing attention to yourself).
Ensure that the timeout space is free from distractions like toys or TV, and avoid paying your child any attention while they are in timeout (e.g., by talking, making eye contact, or being agitated).
Any yelling, sobbing, or begging should be ignored. Whenever you take a timeout, remember to focus on something positive.
The timeout should be ended when your youngster is peacefully seated. The timeout can be ended after the allotted amount of time with just 5 seconds of silence.
How to Prevent Tantrums
Even the most well-behaved toddler occasionally throws a fit. Toddlers frequently throw tantrums because they comprehend more than they can express, which frequently results in frustration.
Some ways that toddlers become irritated include when they are unable to keep up with an older sibling or dress a doll.
When your child demands more freedom and autonomy too soon, power battles may result.
The easiest way to handle tantrums is to steer clear of them whenever you can. The following advice could be helpful:
Check to see if your youngster is acting out to attract attention. Make it a practice to “time-in” on your child’s good conduct, which involves praising and attending to your child when they behave well.
Give your child some small-scale control. This might satiate the desire for independence and prevent meltdowns. Give you manageable options, like “Would you prefer an apple or banana with lunch?”
Provide age-appropriate toys and games to children when they are playing or trying to learn a new skill. Start with a simple task before going on to more difficult ones. This boosts their self-esteem and encourages them to try potentially frustrating tasks.
When your child makes a request, thoroughly consider it. Is it ludicrous? If not, try to be accommodating.
Discover your child’s boundaries. It’s not a good idea to run one more errand or go grocery shopping when you know your child is exhausted.
When Tensions Rise
Maintain your composure if your youngster does have a tantrum. Avoid adding to the issue by venting your frustration. Children can sense when parents are stressed, and this may only make their annoyance worse.
Strive to comprehend your child’s perspective. For instance, you might need to soothe your child if they’ve just had a major disappointment.
Youngsters crave parental attention, and misbehaving is a simple way to acquire it. Ignoring attention-seeking behavior (crying, whining, yelling) is one of the best strategies to lessen it. Continually go about your business while keeping an eye on your child.
Remember that your child’s behavior can grow worse before it gets better if you do this. Although this can be annoying, it indicates that the tantrum is being successfully ignored.
When misbehaving has previously succeeded in getting your attention, your child will make a greater effort to do so.
The conduct will start to improve once your youngster realizes that misbehaving won’t get them in trouble with you.
Note: Parents should remove children to a calm, safe place to calm down if they are at risk of injuring themselves or others while having a tantrum. Ignoring aggressive or harmful behavior is not the proper course of action.
Some children will struggle to control their temper tantrums. Try stating, “I’ll help you settle down now,” in these circumstances.
You can teach your young child to exhale deeply (like blowing out birthday candles), move around, or receive a hug. But in everything you do, avoid rewarding your young child by caving.
This will simply serve to demonstrate how effective tantrums are at getting what they want. Give your child verbal praise instead for restoring self-control.
Keep in mind that you want to teach your child that behaving well is the greatest way to achieve what they desire.
Children become better at handling frustration as they mature and as their language skills advance, and tantrums become less frequent.
Ask your child’s doctor for advice if you need help controlling tantrums or if you have any concerns regarding punishment.
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