Positive Parenting Tips
We sometimes think, “I’ve disciplined my child many times before, why does he still not listen?” Have patience. As parents to toddlers, the essence of this word means so much more to us. Good character, behaviours and habits are not built overnight. It’s our daily, consistent teaching that moulds their character. Thus, don’t view discipline as punishment. Look at discipline as a means of actively engaging with your child to help mold their character.
Today we’d like to share some positive parenting tips to improve toddler behaviour:
1️⃣ Show your love.
Children are hardwired for affection. When you child is acting up, perhaps ask yourself, “have you shown him/her enough love recently?” Hugs, kisses, playtime reassure them of your love. When they are confident of your love, toddlers see less of a need to gain negative attention.
2️⃣ Establish clear daily routines and explain logical consequences
To gain better cooperation in daily habits, we ensure a clear routine in our home. My 3yo can read a digital clock now, so I show her the time and explain, “we need to bathe by 7pm. The later you bathe, the less time we have to play. We need to be in bed by 9pm” When children know what to expect, they are more likely to cooperate. Not always, but more likely.
3️⃣ Establish clear rules around appropriate behaviour
With regards to correcting negative behaviour like hitting, biting, throwing etc., discuss rules in advance. e.g “No hitting/biting when we play. If it happens, I will have no choice but to keep the toys.” That being said, allow your child opportunities to make good their behaviour.
4️⃣ Use logical consequences
Never resort to punishments that emotionally or physically harm your child. Have you ever wondered what is going through your child’s mind when they are being punished? We bet it isn’t “I shouldn’t have done that...” Logical consequences work better in a manner that still demonstrates our love. E.g. if your child does not pick up their toys, you explain you have to keep it for a day because he does not know how to clean up. If he fights at the playground, you will have to leave.
At the end of the day, consistency is key and be patient!
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