Time to head off unruly behaviour
Hello Terrible Twos! While the celebration of your toddler’s second birthday is joyful, it is hard to ignore the feeling of dread as “No” begins to dominate his vocabulary. Though his outbursts are frustrating, keep in mind his actions are not acts of defiance directed toward you, he’s developing independence and learning how to express frustration.
Here are a few tips to help you cope:
1. Respect the nap
Try to plan outings or errands around naptime when your child is less likely to feel irritable.
2. Stick to a schedule with meals
Plan outings at times when your child won’t be hungry. For longer trips, pack healthy snacks and drinks so your child has something to nibble on if needed.
3. Don’t cave in
If you give in when your child throws a tantrum about the candy/toy/whatever-they-want, it will only be harder next time. Head off tantrums over the long run by standing firm with your child.
4. Cure boredom
Instead of harping on a child who is acting up out of boredom, try to come up with creative, socially acceptable ways to keep them occupied.
5. Be consistent and calm
At home, it’s best to let your child work through his tantrum. In public, remove your child from the situation as quickly as possible. If your child throws a tantrum, take a deep breath, respond calmly and don’t give in to demands.
When misbehaviour strikes, it’s helpful to remind yourself that you aren’t alone. As impossible as it feels at that moment, try using these survival tips.