As infants grow older and start to test their limits, toddler tantrums become unavoidable. Parents looking to address behavioral issues and teach their kids the difference between right and wrong should focus on positive techniques, rather than harsh discipline.
Encourage Good Behavior
When your child is behaving well, express your love with positive reassurances like hugs and kind words. While bad behavior should be met with consequences, regular expressions of love and respect teach your child what can be expected from following the rules. This could be the extra encouragement your child needs to be on his or her best behavior.
Set Clear Ground Rules
Start a rule chart with basic guidelines, such as no hitting or backtalk. As your child starts to form a better understanding of acceptable behavior, gradually add more rules to the list.
Understand Your Child
When a child is misbehaving, it can be easy to let your own frustrations take over. Yet, these behavioral shifts are a natural part of a child’s psychosocial development. Tantrums are an expression of independence, as toddlers learn to be autonomous and test their limits with authority, not a personal attack on parents.
Avoid Negative Language
If your child asks for something you cannot provide, avoid saying “no” outright. Instead, give another option of what can be done to distract from what’s not going to happen.
Be a Good Role Model
Avoid arguments with a spouse, family member, coworker or friend in front of your children. Toddlers are very perceptive and can pick up on negative energy around them. If a child misbehaves, act in a firm yet respectful way that lays out the ground rules.
Focus on Positivity
Rather than solely highlighting why negative behavior is wrong, remember to compliment your child on what he or she does well or correctly to help them understand boundaries.
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