- You need to help shape your toddler’s behavior by modeling what you want to see in them.
- Discipline is about teaching your toddler about behavior and understanding their emotions.
- Help your child understand that words are the best way for them to get what they want.
You are the most important person in your toddler’s world, and you should remember how much they learn from you. It is important that you model the behavior you want to see in your toddler. They repeat what they see and hear you do. Your child will be having a lot of feelings, and won’t know how to deal with them. You should help teach your child how to calm themself with time out, and reward good behavior with time in. Time in is when your toddler is the center of your attention. Another good thing to teach during this time is that words are the best way for your toddler to get what they want. Helping them use words to express their emotions and other wants and needs are a great way to improve emotional understanding.
To find more information, check out:
American Academy of Pediatrics. (2015). How to Shape & Manage Your Child’s Behavior. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from How to Shape & Manage Your Young Child’s Behavior
Arca, M. (2014). Calming the Storm: How to Help a Distressed Toddler. Radio MD: Healthy Children. Retrieved from Calming the Storm: How to Help a Distressed Toddler
Murray, R. (2015). Relationship-based Discipline. Good4Growth. Retrieved from Relationship Based Discipline
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