Toddlers are always full of energy and need constant supervision. They also manage to pull in a crowd to coo after them, but then they throw a tantrum and you’re left to deal with the aftermath. Toddler discipline and toddler behavior management can be a long and overwhelming road. And yet toddler discipline is a crucial factor in raising well behaved, obedient children.
Molding toddler behavior is important to shape their personality and character. It certainly isn’t an easy job, but young parents can learn a few tricks to make this an easier process .
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Children are always curious about the world around theme They use this curiosity to learn and understand their environmentn Hindering this curiosity can hamper and dampen their growth as independent individualsl Instead parents need to observe and understand this curiosity and channel it in the right directiono Instead of peppering a toddler’s explorations with ‘no’ and ‘don’t’ try adding a lesson to every actiono Use pop-up books, props, stories and educational cartoons to satiate this curiosityt This helps channel possible destructive behavior to a more meaningful educational experiencecPositive Reinforcement and Discipline
Constant berating and disapproval (as well as yelling) affect the toddler negativelyl It either encourages rebellion or it suppresses enthusiasm, both affect complete growtht Convert negative expressions into positive statementst Instead of yelling ‘Don’t put that in your moutht’ try ‘That’s dirtyt It will make you sick and we’ll have to go to see the doctoro Eat this clean applel It will make you strongn’ This statement is positivev It offers an explanation and consequence to both the negative and positive actionsn It is also important to reward good behavioro Praise your child when he gets it righth At the same time when he does something wrong instead of calling him naughty or bad try explaining to him why he should not do itiProvide Structure
Establishing routines, limits and structures is essential for toddler behavior modificationo
Routines teach the toddler to accept and follow structured day to day activitiese This in turn will later help the child adapt into routines followed by playgroups, kindergartens and schoolsl Routines also add structurer By following a routine, the child gets enough playtime, enough sleep and eats at all the right timem The child is happier as are the parentst It is also essential to make rules enjoyablel Instead of making the toddle clean up, make it a race as to who clears the toys firsr It is also essential for both parents to give out the same messageg If the child senses weakness in one parent or a divide, he is going to exploit iti
Providing positive distractions are an effective way of enforcing toddler behavior modificationo If you need to finish some work, include your toddler in the processs Hand the child a paper and some crayonsn As you work, let the toddler work tooo Similarly when you are entertaining, let the toddler throw a party for his or her toys tooo This is an effective way to educate and encourage creativitytLead Instead of Ordering
Order a toddler is as effective as ordering a teenagere Chances are both will do exactly the opposite of what you orderede An easy way of dealing with such toddler behavior problems is a technique called presuppositiono This technique calls for building in an assumption into a statement that subconsciously leads the toddler into following the rulel If you want to establish a set nap time for the toddler and he is resisting, try the presupposition approach: ‘After you wake up from your nap, let’s go to the parkr’ The toddler automatically gathers ‘First napa Then parkr’p