The Toddler language you use, and the way you talk to your little one make a big difference to tackling behaviour problems in toddlers, and boosting their self-esteem.
This is more than just trying not to shout. Follow the strategies below and watch how your toddler's behaviour improves...
Small language tricks like these will make a surprising difference to
how you prevent and deal with behaviour problems in toddlers.
If instructions are too vague or negative, it's easy for your toddler to misunderstand you:
Children of this age are beginners and you should simplify what you say so they understand.
This is how: tell your child specifically what you want her to do, and show her as well if possible.
over-clear avoids misunderstandings where you think your toddler is
being naughty, but in fact she doesn't actually understand what you want
her to do. Keep toddler language simple and clear.
Do you tell your child how well he has done something often enough?
Praise for not running across the road or using the potty for the first time is good.
Praise for doing what is expected of him is even better.
Imagine it's your first day at a new job. You're not sure what is expected of you but you really want to do well and impress the boss.
Wouldn't you be happier getting constant positive feedback?
is what life is like for your toddler. Prevent behaviour problems by
praising him for eating his breakfast, coming when you ask and listening
to a story - even if he always does this anyway.
Be specific so he knows exactly what he has done right: "Good boy for eating your cornflakes. Well done!"
NO is one of the toddler's favourite and most infuriating words.
If you can restrict how often you say it, so will they - hopefully!
Swap these No's for more positive instructions:
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