Do you have a 2-year toddler and you’re starting to have a hard time disciplining him? How would you do that without using timeouts? What is usually the normal behavior in this particular age?
The following are 7 tips for parenting a 2-year-old:
- Ignore their unwanted behavior
A 2-year old is in the preoperational stage of cognitive development, which means that he or she would literally learn through repetition. Act like its no big deal whenever they repeat something bad from the people around him such as bad words. They are not yet capable of thinking so they might repeat behaviours which will result in a big reaction or unexpected behaviour.
- Be silly
Surprise and delight them with something they don’t expect. Channel your inner-child by bringing some silliness, laughter, and joy into your day. Try using a robot voice when making requests, chase after them like a walking gorilla, or put a pair of their small pants on your head. Turn boring times to a moment full of games.
- Limit the “no”
Instead of saying don’t run – tell him to use your walking feet. Using positive language can help direct or redirect a behaviour while giving them something to do or an action to comply with rather than inhibiting an impulse.
- Encourage independence
Kids learn a lot through challenges and struggles. Give them a chance to try something new or help with the tasks such as putting them in charge of picking up their toys and putting it back to where they belong.
- Make big requests simpler
Keep your instructions short, simple and break into steps rather than just giving a major instruction at once. Instead of asking them to put on their shoes which involves a few steps – try to break it down step by step.
- Observe and recognize their emotions
They are on the early stage of learning their emotions so they are expressing them in their own ways that are not socially accepted. Acknowledge their emotions and help them understand how to express their emotions such as it is okay to be angry but hitting is never okay.
- Give them predictability
Transitions are most challenging to 2-year-olds as they don’t have a real sense of time such as getting ready for bed or getting ready to leave home. Having some predictability, a consistent series of steps and a flexible routine can help your toddlers have a sense of control which will lead to fewer tantrums.
Every single child is different – some are more sensitive or more intense while some are easy-going. It is quite challenging to take care of a toddler but with these tips, you can shoo those stress away.