Giving birth to a child and raising them to become disciplined individuals in the long run – both are totally different rides. And it’s definitely not an easy road! If you’re knee-deep into parenting but are sick and tired of your toddler throwing unwanted tantrums, this post will prove to be no less than a blessing for you.
As a parent, you have to understand that at this tender age, toddlers struggle with self-control and refuse to learn new activities, especially communicating. This is why you’ve got to be extremely calm and composed with them to make them follow a disciplined approach.
Here are some strategies that’ll help you achieve good results and maintain a healthy parent-child relationship.
#1 – Use short and sweet statements
As per some experts, and the rule of discipline strategy, overt-talking is as ineffective as becoming over-sensitive with your child in a tight situation. Children as old as 18 months lack to understand strong sentences, as their cognitive ability is still under development.
On the contrary, kids aged between 2-3 years have a more developed language, yet they find it difficult to absorb what you’re saying. Which is why using more concise and crisp sentences like “no hitting,” “stop shouting” will be way more effective compared to giving long explanations.
#2 – Make them aware of the consequences
You have to be firm and even strict (when needed) with your child in order to make them understand the consequences of their actions. If your child throws away things or refuses to pick and assemble the toys, don’t let them have it for the entire day.
Don’t melt away, and provide the items back. It’s essential to understand that at this age, children become very fussy and impatient; but if you want to break that pattern, you have to act smart and be a little firm with your munchkins.
#3 – Pay attention
All children need their parents’ attention; after all, their entire or at least a good chunk of life revolves around them. Just give your baby the right amount of attention he/she requires and make them feel wanted.
Make sure to address their concerns in the best way possible so that they don’t feel unanswered or detached when they get older.
#4 – Appreciate your child
Good parenting doesn’t mean you need to constantly keep pointing towards your child for their mistakes or flawed behavior.
In fact, as an affectionate and sensible parent, you should applaud your little ones when they behave nicely or achieve a milestone. Praise them when they deserve it, and reward them accordingly.
Disciplining your kids is not a piece of cake; it’s a tricky and tiring job. And yet, it’s not something that can’t be achieved. By providing them with adequate love and attention, helping them cope up and understand their emotions, and setting up proper routines, you can make it work beautifully for yourself as well as your child. So do try out these tips and let us know which one worked out the best.