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Understanding 
Behavior

  • Toddlers are in the process of learning self control and how to handle strong feelings (add example scenario) Now is the most crucial time to teach them how to handle difficult situations and how to act when things may not go their way 

  • Root of behavior > big feelings. Before we talk about behavior we have to figure out what is causing that behavior? Behavior is a product of your child’s feelings. Help your child identify their emotions 

  • Children’s feelings change very often throughout the day. One second they can be happy and the next they are crying over something (we as adults) see as miniscule. Your child can exhibit their tough emotions by: throwing a toy, crying on the floor, refusing to clean up, etc. 

  • Misbehavior can often be used to get attention; when your child is “acting out” be sure to give them your undivided attention and if possible, carve out special one on one time daily.

  • How you react to your child’s outbursts is vital - you are modeling for your child

Managing 
Behavior

  • Set limits and expectations that are age appropriate

  • Encourage them to use their words to express their feelings, offer choices/suggestions to help them. Children love to feel like they have control. “Would you like some help cleaning up?” “Should we read this book or this book after we clean up?” etc etc. 

  • Stick to a schedule so your child knows what to expect > smoother transitions

  • Acknowledge your child’s feelings so they know they are being heard and given undivided attention. Calm tone of voice helps

  • “Okaying the feelings will help your child become mentally healthy and resilient. It doesn’t make them overly sensitive or emotional; instead it teaches them the healthy coping skills they’ll use all the way to adulthood.”

  • Consistency and patience is key. It’s going to be tough but after putting in the work, you (the parent) will benefit. Your child will be resilient and learn how to regulate their emotions and transition smoothly with little to no assistance from you

Check-in 
With Yourself

  • If your own emotional bucket is empty, how well can you support your child’s emotions? 

  • Children will be children and they WILL act out regardless. Give yourself a break! 

  • Take care of yourself so you can be level headed and ready to take on difficult situations with your child.

  • If you are worn out, stressed and overwhelmed - you might act out of character and cause more stress to the situation. Now you AND your child are both having hard feelings. 

  • Take 20-30 minutes in your day to check in with yourself. Write in a journal, practice self care, go for a walk alone, take a relaxing bath, etc.

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