Toddlers are undoubtedly adorable, funny, and inquisitive which makes them terribly entertaining and fun. However, they can also be quite challenging at times, as two-year-olds are still learning how to practice manners and other useful social skills. For parents facing this age, the terrible twos may be something that’s overwhelming. Fortunately, there are some simple tips parents can take advantage of to help overcome the challenge of parenting children of this age.
It may be tempting to yell at your toddler when he or she is misbehaving. And, while this may yield the results you want immediately, it can actually lead to poor behavior in the long run. Studies show that positive parenting without the use of corporal punishment is vital for a child’s healthy brain development. So, instead of yelling, try using other methods of punishment and behavior change.
Many behavioral issues in children stem from needs not being met. For example, instead of going straight to punishing your child for throwing a tantrum, first, try to understand why they’re throwing a tantrum in the first place. Attuning to your child’s needs includes trying to put yourself in their position to understand how they’re feeling at the current moment. When you can better understand your child, you’re more likely to empathize with them and find a solution.
Children act out when they need something, and while being attuned to these needs are important, the next step is to redirect the behavior. So, for example, if your child throws a tantrum and is kicking and screaming, he or she may benefit from some individual attention. Try reading him or her a book in a secluded area or taking him or her to the car to settle down. Another example is if a child acts out by throwing objects or hitting others, the child may be showcasing aggression. A good redirection would be to have this child utilize physical activity like playing basketball or going with you on a jog.
Touch goes a long way for children and helps them to acknowledge how much their parents really do care, even if they’re misbehaving. This is important because when a child knows their parent cares and loved them, they’re more willing to change bad behavior. So, give your child a hug and tell them that you love them multiple times each and every day, even during and after their negative moments.
Kids have to learn to be obedient. So, remember that this doesn’t happen overnight, or even in the short two years your child has been on this earth. Also, remember that your child will react better to positive reinforcement than negative. So, to encourage obedient behavior, make sure to be consistent with praise. And, to praise every positive motive, even if it doesn’t elicit the correct outcome.
Let’s be real; parenting a two-year-old is challenging, even on the best days. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t have to have help!
At Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, we not only care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, but we start instilling learning objectives and social skills in these early-aged children as well. If you’re looking for daily care for your child which instills positive reinforcement and educational curriculum, schedule to visit one of our NYC locations today.