So your bundle of joy has finally reached two – now the fun really starts! Being two is an exciting, explorative and inquisitive age in a child’s development but it can be an exhausting time for parents and the concept of the ‘terrible twos’ wasn’t created for no reason!
If you are feeling apprehensive about your toddler reaching two or the journey into this notoriously ‘difficult’ 12 months has begun a little ‘rocky’, you may be relieved to read the following three terrible two tips on how to tackle the ‘terrible twos’.
Foresee impending outbursts
Coping with the ‘terrible twos’ is all about clever guesswork on the parent’s part. If, for example, you sense that your toddler is becoming bored, which can often be a trouble-injector, ensure that the boredom doesn’t have chance to progress and develop into an outburst.
For example, if you see signs of boredom or frustration creeping in, take your toddler for a walk to the park, play in the garden or read him a book, until these negative emotions pass.
Treat your toddler with respect
A child that is constantly being shouted out, not listened to and put down is more likely to reactionary and to behave badly compared to a child who is spoken to nicely, listened to and praised regularly.
Whilst it is important that you let your two-year-old know what is right and what is wrong, in order to help avoid behavioural issues, treat your child with respect.
Don’t give in
Tantrums are a feat of the ‘terrible twos’ that every parent dreads, particularly tantrums in public. Toddlers throw tantrums primarily as a way to get what they want and the more you give in the more they will use tantrums as a means of achieving results.
If for example you are in a supermarket and your toddler has a tantrum because she isn’t allowed any sweets, don’t give in and buy her sweets as a means of stopping the tantrum and embarrassment, being the chances are she will do it again the next time you are shopping.
Instead quietly take her out of the supermarket and talk to her firmly until the tantrum finally stops.