Family: Tips on Raising Toddlers

Raising children is no easy task, especially the young ones. Here are a few tips to aid you on raising your toddler:

1. Be Consistent.

Toddlers do best when they know what to expect, whether it’s what time they bathe or go to bed or what consequences they’ll face for misbehaving. The more consistent and predictable things are, the more resilient and agreeable a toddler is likely to be.

Fix it: As much as you can, keep regular routines for your child. Consistency can be a challenge when parents (or other caregivers) don’t see eye to eye.

2. Focus on Family Time

It’s delightful to spend time with the whole family. But some parents go overboard on family time. Kids cherish time alone and time with individual parents.

Fix it: The best way to spend one-on-one time with a toddler is to get down on the floor together and play.

3. Offering Too Much Help

Some parents jump in to help a toddler who is having trouble doing something. Before you do, consider the possibility that by helping your child complete a puzzle or put on a shirt, you may be sending the message that he/she can’t do it alone — in other words, that the child is incompetent.

Fix it: We need to teach children to tolerate struggle and rise up to challenges. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with offering praise and encouragement.

4. Talking Too Much

Talking with toddlers is usually a terrific idea. But not when it’s time to correct bad behaviour. Toddlers are not adults in a little body. They’re not logical, and they just can’t assimilate what you are saying to them.

Fix it: What’s the smart way to lay down the law? Once you tell your toddler to do something, don’t talk about it or make eye contact. No explaining!

5. Potty Training

Some parents cajole their children into using the toilet when they think it’s time and issue warnings when things don’t work out.

Fix it: Children learn to use the toilet when they’re ready, the process shouldn’t be rushed.

6. Too Much TV Time

Toddlers who watch lots of TV often have more trouble learning later on. And studies suggest that kids under the age of 2 can’t really take in what’s being displayed on TV and computer screens.

Fix it: Keep your toddler busy with reading and other, more creative pursuits. Have conversations-and encourage talking as well as listening. The longer you can hold off exposing your child to TV, the better.

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