Children are life’s most wonderful blessings but you must admit, they are no angels constantly. It is very natural for toddlers to test your patience often because they’re still developing their behavior and discovering what’s right from wrong (on top of the endless reservoir of energy).
When you are at your wit’s end with your little one, follow these tips to remaining patient with toddlers:
In situations such as this, you must stop thinking like a grown-up! More often than not, especially with young children, their troublesome behavior isn’t deliberate. It mainly stems from frustration or innocence. That’s why when they are acting”bad”, treat it as a teaching moment – say what you will need to say, ask questions, then proceed. Have the extra patience understanding that if they can not communicate what they want properly, they will act out. Put yourself in their shoes and try to comprehend in their level.
No one wants to be told what to do all day, even kids. Being told”no” to almost everything will naturally frustrate them. When they ask for something and you won’t allow it, give them another choice. For instance, if your little one asks for a lollipop before bedtime, you can politely explain why she can’t have one then offer a glass of milk instead. This way, she does not feel like she can not do anything or have anything in any way.
Observe your behavior
Kids watch you and pick up on your activities more than you know. If you whine a whole lot, complain when there’s nothing good on television, raise your voice when you’re upset or don’t finish everything on your plate during meals? Do not expect your little one to have perfect behavior when you yourself are showing some bad habits. Always be careful about what you say or do around your child because you are their role model!
Let things be
One of the best parenting advice you can get – don’t sweat the small stuff. If they spill paint on the ground, played with your lipstick or made some other mistake, it’s really not worth your time and energy if you get angry and scold your child. Correct the error and leave it at that. To put it simply, let kids be kids!
Kids will not have maximized their youth if they didn’t get on their parents’ nerves! Just follow these effective methods to remaining patient with toddlers!