Tips for the Terrible Twos

Tips for the Terrible Twos

Toddler independence: over the last few weeks my 19.5 month old girl has been trying to assert her independence. There are a lot of “mine” and “no” and then some much longer and louder “noooooooos”. While I am no parenting expert, I’ve tried to do a lot of reading around parenting toddlers and a few tips I’ve picked up to help in these situations are:
1. Don’t escalate. I try really hard to stay calm, and what I’ve noticed works for my LO is talking really quietly so she has to quiet down to hear me. While she usually goes back to screaming, if I can distract her during her quiet phase I can sometimes win 😋
2. Distraction: this one is the one I use the most and works the best For my LO. So, for example, when she doesn’t want to have her diaper changed, we ask her if she wants to put on cream, which she loves doing…
3. Acknowledging her feelings: this is also a tried and true one. She usually hears me acknowledging that “you are upset because you want to keep playing” and responds “yaaaa” and then I try to distract her while she’s quieted down- similar to talking in a quiet voice.
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What are your tips and tricks for dealing with assertive toddlers or tantrums?

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