If you have a toddler, I know you know what I’m talking about. Oy vey. Toddler behaviors that may seem utterly annoying may just be your child’s natural way of growing into his ever-expanding mind which is filled with excitement and endless possibilities. Toddlers are curious, stubborn, strong willed and highly exploratory. They are also learning about their role in the world and what capabilities they have. They love to say NO, run away, resist requests and try to do everything their way. This can be frustrating for parents, but no need for strict discipline or harsh requests.
Each day allow your child time for free play both indoors and out. Give them opportunities to try new things that are challenging and intriguing. Talk with them about their feelings and empathize. If you find your toddler is always frustrated, re-evaluate your daily activities. Do you have enough physical time, quite time or things that challenge your child’s mental and physical abilities? Children need to regularly learn new tasks – when children learn and master new tasks they spend less time feeling frustrated.
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