Parenting tips: How to improve toddler behavior

Life can be frustrating for toddlers. Though often eager to show their independence, toddlers may not be able to move as swiftly as they’d like or effectively communicate their needs. This combination can easily lead to tantrums and misbehavior. But you can teach your toddler to behave well by providing love, attention, praise, encouragement and a degree of routine. Consider these practical parenting tips.

Life can be frustrating for toddlers. Though often eager to show their independence, toddlers may not be able to move as swiftly as they’d like or effectively communicate their needs. This combination can easily lead to tantrums and misbehavior. But you can teach your toddler to behave well by providing love, attention, praise, encouragement and a degree of routine. Consider these practical parenting tips.

Show your love
Positive attention tops the list of parenting tips for toddlers. Make sure your displays of affection for your child outnumber any consequences or punishments. Hugs, kisses and good-natured roughhousing reassure your child of your love. Frequent praise and attention also can motivate your toddler to follow the rules.

Accept your child
As your children grow, they will display certain personality traits. Some of these are learned, others genetic. Respect your child’s developing individuality and don’t expect them to be just like you. While you’re likely to notice certain features of your child’s temperament, avoid labeling these features — which can encourage bad behavior. Instead, nurture your child’s personality by finding ways to help them feel confident. A strong-willed child, for instance, has perseverance. Build on your child’s strength by encouraging them to play with a challenging toy.

Minimize rules
Rather than overloading your child with rules from the outset — which may frustrate them — prioritise those geared toward safety first and then gradually add rules to your list over time. Help your toddler follow the rules by childproofing your home and eliminating as many temptations as possible.

 

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