Kids are life’s most wonderful blessings but you must admit, they’re no angels at all times. It is quite natural for toddlers to check your patience often because they’re still developing their behavior and discovering what’s right from wrong (on top of their endless reservoir of energy).
When you are at your wit’s end with your little one, follow these tips to staying patient with toddlers:
Level with your child
In situations such as this, you have to stop thinking like a grown-up! More often than not, especially with young children, their troublesome behavior isn’t deliberate. It mainly stems from either frustration or innocence. That’s why when they are acting”poor”, 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’t communicate what they want properly, they’ll act out. Put yourself in their shoes and try to comprehend in their level.
No one wants to be told what to do daily, even children. Being told”no” to almost everything will obviously frustrate them. If they ask for something and you won’t allow it, give them another choice. By way of example, if your little one asks for a lollipop right 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 behaviour
Children watch you and pick up on your actions more than you know. If you whine a whole lot, complain when there’s nothing good on television, increase your voice when you are upset or don’t finish everything on your plate during meals? Always be careful about what you say or do around your kid because you are their role model!
Let things be
One of the best parenting advice that 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 is really not worth your time and energy if you get mad 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 tips to remaining patient with toddlers!