It takes work to raise a toddler. Their curiosity and desire to imitate adults thrive on a consistent routine, and their activeness leads to many unpredictable situations. The more parents say no, the more toddlers seem inclined to do the opposite. No wonder the word “no” is their favourite. Instilling discipline in their children in the correct manner is necessary.
Disciplining toddlers requires patience because their brains are still developing, and it takes time to comprehend their parents' intentions. However, there are several effective ways to discipline children. Are you prepared to be consistent when disciplining them?
Find the Root
There is always a reason behind someone's behaviour, including children. Common reasons why children are fussy or acting out include hunger and tiredness. This happens because children still need to become more adept at communicating their needs effectively. Another factor that makes them act out is a lack of physical activity.
Parents need to know that toddlers require 10-12 hours of sleep, three meals and two snacks daily. Additionally, they need at least two hours of physical activity every day.
In order to prevent toddlers from throwing tantrums and acting out, parents can try to understand their needs. Toddlers' communication skills are still very minimal; tantrums and acting out are the best ways to express their frustration. Try to help them identify what they are trying to communicate by asking them questions and teaching them to express their desires effectively.
Be a Role Model
One of a toddler's behaviours is imitating their parents. Therefore, when you attempt to discipline them, incorporate examples and words. Ensure you capture their attention by being at their eye level and making eye contact while providing clear, concise instructions and leading by example.
For instance, if you are demonstrating the act of loving an animal by petting it, gently stroke the cat and invite your child to do the same. Place your hand on your child's hand and gently pat the cat, saying, “Gentle touch,” as you demonstrate. Then, reinforce the lesson each time you observe your child being rude. Eventually, they will learn to use a gentler touch.
In general, toddlers are easily distracted. Taking them somewhere else or outside can help calm them down and make them forget about whatever they are originally intending to do.
For instance, if your toddler cries in their room, you can pick them up and go to the veranda. If they persistently tear pages from their storybook, temporarily put the book on the shelf, hold your child and read the remaining portion of the book out loud.
Unfortunately, this method does not always work on the first try, but you can try it again on another day.
Soothing Moments for Your Little One
Navigating the whirlwind of emotions that toddlers often experience can be challenging, and helping them regain composure is a crucial aspect of parenting. The art of emotional regulation is a skill that requires gentle guidance to blossom in our little ones. If your toddler struggles to control their behaviour, it is your cue to step in and offer support.
Consider employing a "time-in" strategy, where you accompany your child to a serene, quiet space and cradle them in your lap. This approach can work wonders for some children, creating a secure environment for them to recalibrate their emotions. On the other hand, some kids find solace in being left alone in a carefully child-proofed room, allowing them the space to work through their feelings independently.
The choice between a positive time-out and a comforting time-in may vary depending on the specific circumstances. Tailoring your response to your child's unique needs and the situation at hand can foster a sense of security and help them develop essential emotional regulation skills for the future.
Whatever happens, always give positive feedback to children if they behave well. When you catch your toddler expertly using their spoon or putting the toys back in the box, let them know just how awesome they are. These moments of positive reinforcement go a long way in shaping the behaviours you want to encourage. Acknowledge and applaud those small achievements – it is the secret sauce to nurturing those growing minds!
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