Toddler Parenting can be so challenging.Are you having a difficult time with your toddler? Are your little cherubs suddenly turning into terrible, hard-headed toddlers? Have their snuggles and smiles been traded in for tantrums and time-outs? Has bath time become a battle and dinnertime a danger zone?
The “terrible twos” is a normal stage in which toddlers begin to struggle between their reliance on adults and their desire for independence. One minute your child might be clinging to you, and the next he or she is running in the opposite direction. We’ve worked with families who have developmentally delayed children, learning disabilities, “terrible two” toddler issues, and blended families.
These can be challenging years if you do not know how to handle them. Author Chris Thompson, parenting expert and Certified NLP Practitioner offers a creative way to deal with behavior problems in children.
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As much as the terrible twos come with their own set of challenges, they’re also a time of great milestones and imagination. Even in the hard moments, I was completely smitten with my blossoming littlecreatures at this age and their strong spirits. Even in my child’s despondent “no’s,” he/she was finding a voice all of his/her own. So I celebrate the reasons to love this pivotal age, and as I look back, I honestly miss those days more than I ever thought I would!
I know for me personally, I wish the toddler years had not flown by so quickly. When I look back now, I can see that my little cherubs were beginning to define what they knew about their own bodies and needs. They were forming into the beautiful beings they are now. If I can give any of my own personal advice after raising four kids under the age of four at once, it would be this: During a tantrum,it’s important to remain calm and avoid inadvertently reinforcing the behavior. Keep your emotions in check. If your emotions escalate, so will your child’s. Do not laugh at or confront her. Instead, get down to their level and see what is really wrong. Pick them up. Love them. Listen to your child. Most times they do not feel like they are being heard. Often times it was something so very simple that they just could not communicate effectively. And remember to breathe. This works miracles if you can stay calm in your own body.
Note: Taking care of toddlers can be very exhausting. I know this very well as I had four children under the age of four when my twins were born. I had three in diapers, and one potty- training while I was nursing my twins. Life was challenging. It is essential for new mothers to take care of themselves as they raise their babies. Go here for health tips and here to read Acu tips by Rosie. Keep checking back for new tips and new recipes. A hot bath with calming essential oils and epsom salt can be very relaxing. Get your partner to watch the baby or children for a while. Treat yourself to a little pampering with some artisan soaps in your hot bath. And remember to breathe when you are having a rough moment. Sometimes just a few deep breaths are enough to calm your body and heart rate down in order to handle whatever is going on with your toddler. Good luck! You can do it!