Give your child a break

Give your child a break. He’s not going to behave perfectly all the time. Don’t nag at every little thing. Concentrate on the big stuff (the toddler behavior you find unacceptable) and get that right.

Predicability

Toddlers do best when they know what to expect, whether it’s what time they bathe or go to bed or what consequences they’ll face for misbehaving.

Stop and Start behaviors

There are two kinds of behaviors. “STOP” behaviors: when your child is doing something wrong, and “START” behaviors: when your child isn’t doing what you want him or her to do.

anxiety in kids

Although quite common, Anxiety Disorders in children often are overlooked or misjudged, despite them being very treatable conditions with good, persistent medical care.

Learining to say ‘no’

Learn to say “no” in a firm, peaceful way that carries authority but not anger. This parenting skill will help you to cut short years of power struggles.

Positive works better than negative

Studies show that toddler discipline using positive reinforcement works far better than punishment.

Toddlers don’t keep grudges

Toddlers live in a short time frame. The upside of this is that toddlers don’t bear grudges. The downside is that they won’t remember that they were “out-of-control” earlier when Dad comes home.

When tantrums occur

Children are more likely to have tantrums when they are bored, tired, hungry, unwell or overwhelmed by events.

Structure and routine

Children thrive on structure, routine, and ritual. When their world has a consistent rhythm, they feel secure in the predictability.

Keeping temper tantrums under control

Temper tantrums are usually dramatic, intense and full of emotion. With a little practice and persistence, parents can learn how to stop the drama of a temper tantrum and change the situation to a calm, quiet discussion.

Treat your child with respect.

When your child is trying to express emotions, take the time to try to understand.

Avoiding tantrums

We’ve all heard of “The Terrible Twos” but in many children tantrums begin far before the first birthday, sometimes as early as nine months.

When tantrums occur

Children are more likely to have tantrums when they are bored, tired, hungry, unwell or overwhelmed by events.

A child’s routine

During holidays, travel and guests can be expected to disrupt a child’s routine and make them more irritable.

No is the word

When a toddlers favorite word is “NO” it is important for parents not to fall into a pattern of negative behavior with yelling, spanking, and threatening of their own.

time-outs as punishment

Time out is one of the most common toddler discipline method. Keep the time brief around one minute per year of age.

Ask your child’s opinion

Ask for your child’s opinion on things!¬†¬† This helps them realize that what they say matters.

Celebrate Success

Every time your toddler succeeded in using the potty, celebrate and make him / her feel good about the achievement. The child will feel encouraged to ‘repeat’ the performance.

Sharing is learned

Sharing is not something that is innate in a child and they will only learn it through your constant observation and guidance.

Ideals on discipline

If you and your spouse differ on parenting ideas or discipline, talk about it separately from the child. Present a unified front.