A New Strategy for Teaching Toddlers to Obey

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Marcus the Modest  [137/365]One of the simplest ways to handle a tough toddler is to keep your head, and be patient. Ha! This is not so easy, say parents everywhere. It is hard to contain your frustration, but toddlers are prone to mirroring back your emotions. Toddlers take cues from you, so if you’re projecting a negative energy, the toddler will project back the same negative energy.

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A first strategy is to teach ahead of time what you want your toddler to do. If you are trying to teach your child to get into the car seat without fighting you, consider “practicing” getting into the car seat in the house. Try bringing the car seat in, or if that isn’t convenient, have fun making a pretend car seat. Turn it into a game. Make it a game. If you can manage to teach the desired response ahead of time, you have a greater chance of getting that behavior in the moment that you want it. Give praise liberally, making the practice sessions fun.

Another thing to try is to simply describe to your toddler a behavior you want from him or her, and then describe the corresponding reward or consequence. For example, every time your child sits on the potty, he or she gets a piece of candy (just one!). You need not consider this bribery, since you have clearly established the expectation ahead of time, and you are not offering the candy to get a child to stop doing something negative. This is establishing a positive consequence for a particular behavior you desire. Using a time out is useful if you need a negative consequence. In short and concise statements describe the desired response, and encourage this response before a release from time out.

These are just a few tips you can use to help get a better handle on your misbehaving toddler.

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