At some point (often sooner than you think) you find your precious baby has transformed into an unruly toddler who does what they want, when they want, how they want. Toddlers can definitely be a handful, but it’s not their fault. It’s your role to guide them through this stage of their lives and develop them well-behaved, confident children. To help you do that, here are 5 parenting tips to be a better parent to toddlers.
7 Parenting tips to be a better parent to toddlers
1. Speak positively
When your toddler is behaving badly, don’t yell at them. Instead, take a breath and turn the situation around so your words are positive.
Don’t say: “We’re not going to the park until you’ve eaten your lunch!”
Do say: “When you’ve eaten your lunch, we can go to the park.”
Don’t say: “Stop crying right now!”
Do say: “I can see you’re upset. Do you need a hug?”
Positive Discipline: The First Three Years is filled with great parenting tips on on positive discipline.
2. Give compliments
You know how great it feels when someone says something nice to you? Well it feels just as good for toddlers when someone says something nice to them, too. Kids are ordered about and corrected all day long, so don’t forget to give them a compliment every now and then to boost their confidence.
For more parenting tips on how to build your child’s confidence, read Build Confidence and Discipline for the Little One You Love and Care About.
3. Encourage them to dream without boundaries
The passions toddlers have are clues what they’ll achieve when they grow up. If you inspire your little one and encourage them to dream fearlessly, they’ll have a solid foundation of self-awareness and self-understanding. This foundation will lead to a truly fulfilled adulthood, brimming with adventure and passion.
To get started, take a look at this post on 6 ways to inspire your children.
4. Empower them so solve their problems
If you see your child is struggling with something, avoid jumping right in and fixing it for them. Instead, ask them what’s going wrong and provide with the tools they need to solve it themselves. By doing it this way, you’re encouraging them not to give up and also empowering them by showing you truly believe in their skills and abilities.
For parenting tips on how to empower your toddler without taking it a step to far, take a look at The Me, Me, Me Epidemic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Raising Capable, Grateful Kids in an Over-Entitled World.
5. Learn to Apologize
Don’t be afraid of showing weakness or vulnerability to your toddler by apologizing when necessary. If you show your child you’re not afraid of owning up to your mistakes and saying “sorry” when the time calls for it, they’re more likely to follow in your footsteps and do the same. Apologizing to your child also sets a great bedrock for mutual respect.
The 10 Greatest Gifts I Give My Children: Parenting from the Heart is a wonderful resource of similar parenting tips that put the joy back into parenting.
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