This section outlines some effective ways to prevent behaviour problems in toddlers.
Thinking ahead and working out what pushes your child's tantrum buttons means you have fewer outbursts to deal with.
This page has some very easy, practical tips for you.
The main one we feel is simply a toddler routine. If you can stick to it, then your young child will be able to cope better with their day, if there are fewer unknowns. Read more below...
Imagine a supermarket with opening times that changed daily, and tills that were self service on alternate hours.
What a nightmare! - nobody would shop in this chaosmart because it has no routines. Toddlers - who are going through a period of intense physical and emotional change - really need the stability of predictable routines.
Decide what are the areas of potential conflict with your toddler, and create routines around them. For example:
Your toddler will come to expect these daily events and - even if it takes a while - not argue about them.
...with too many choices. While asking her what she wants to wear for example is a good thing, you should restrict any choices offered to 2.
Young children cannot cope with too many options - so close the wardrobe and lay out 2 dresses instead.
Same goes for breakfast, forget a long list of food options, it will only be you getting frustrated. Keep the menu short.
your toddler's attention from any potential conflict is effective,
because at this age their attention span is short, while their curiosity
and interest in just about everything is limitless.
is one of my favourite ways to prevent parent-toddler conflict. You may
need a variety of tricks up your sleeve (especially for older
toddlers)- click here for a list of failsafe distraction tactics.
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