Toddlers are aged 1 to 3 years. At this age, they tend to behave in a particular way. Screaming, aggression, running away, lying, and interrupting are some of toddlers behaviors that this article covers. You might think that your toddler is different when you see them behaving in the manners mentioned above. Young, However, need not worry because it is normal toddler behavior. However, it doesn’t mean that you should tolerate these behaviors because they are not good behaviors after all. You can discourage and teach better ones. In this article, you will learn how to manage these behaviors.
What are typical behaviors for toddlers?
Aggression is a usual behavior in toddlers. It is normal when your child is aggressive. They may be violent. They are developing communication skills, a desire to do things on their own. Aggressiveness should not be tolerated; however, Teach your child that aggressive behavior is bad behavior and show him better ways to express his feelings.
Interruption from your toddler occurs because she thinks it is all about her parents and everyone. Psychologically, she has not developed a good memory, so saying whatever she has in mind as quickly as possible before it disappears is the only way to go. It is not that she deliberately interrupts the important conversation you are having. As she grows, she will be able to understand why it is not good to interrupt.
What should you do to reduce the number of situations your child is likely to interrupt?
- Meet a friend at a park where you both can talk as your toddler plays.
- Get somebody to watch over your toddler as you go about your activities: your partner or a babysitter.
- Instead of battling it out every time the phone rings, you can schedule calls while your child is sleeping. You can make them watch their favorite cartoons and animations as you get busy in a call. Something to drive away their attention from you.Something captivating to them.
Your toddler cannot distinguish between lies and truths. It is because they are forgetful, and they experience active imaginations. When your toddler lies, just enjoy their tall tales because they are harmless after all.
You can build a behavior of telling the truth in them by;
- Let your comments invite confession and not denial
- Too many expectations may compel them to lie to avoid disappointing you.
- Be a role model of trust to your children. When your child trusts you, they will tell you the truth. When they know that your intentions are right with them and that you are there to guide them and not harm them, they will trust you and open up to you.
Screaming for toddlers is a way of trying to capture the attention of the parent. When he screams, and you scream back in an attempt to calm them down, it results in nothing. They see it as a game or competition. It sends a message that the loudest to scream wins. Avoid situations that will lead your child to scream.
How to deal with the screaming behavior
Workaround her and make sure she is well-rested and fed before you leave
Avoid quiet places. When she screams, you will be more embarrassed than when she screams in an already noisy place.
Toddlers scream because they are disturbed, they crave your attention, or they are just happy. You should be able to understand which among those she might be screaming for and respond appropriately.
How do I know if my toddler has behavioral problems?
A parent needs to understand their children’s nature before attempting even to correct their behaviors. Knowing their nature will guide them on how to deal with their behaviors.
A parent should learn how a child responds to situations. This will help them come up with the best strategy to manage their behavior.
Monitor your child’s confidence in doing things. When playing or when interacting with others.
It is the ability to control reactions and behaviors. Observe your toddler to their abilities to control themselves. Parents might worry about toddler behavior. Even though aggressiveness, screaming, lying is normal. It is usual for toddlers to have mood changes. You should not ignore that in some circumstances, they could be undergoing something more.
When should a parent worry about aggressiveness? Aggressiveness, as said, can be completely developmentally appropriate. However, when a toddler may slap herself when angry or throw objects, you might need to seek help from a pediatrician. Another concern is when a toddler experiences mood swings throughout the day. A child’s therapist can be of help to learn how to control feelings.
Selective eating should be a concern about toddlers’ behavior. As your toddler grows, they begin to pick what to eat. They discover new foods, but as they approach the age of two, it is natural for them to be selective. Why is that? At two years, toddlers are hyperactive. They play too much, running and eating rarely becomes part of their activities. To some extent, selective eating could develop into something more alerting. You should consult a pediatrician when ;
.Feeding your toddler causes you stress
.Your toddler’s growth becomes stunted
.Your toddler chooses specific foods
Do not punish your child when they hit and bite. It is appropriate because they have not yet learned how to control themselves. It is your duty as a parent to teach them how to react when angry. That involves teaching them how to talk out their feelings instead of hitting. If your toddler causes harm in anger, that should be a concern to you.
Toddlers have not yet developed efficient speech and communication skills. However, an age reaches when speech issues become critical. That may necessitate a visit to a speech therapist. Expose your child to her agemates. Avoid imitating your child’s offensive speech and instead correct them when they mispronounce words. You can also enroll them in preschool. There a teacher will be of great help in nurturing their speech.
How to Deal with a Toddler Behavior
Most parents find it difficult to find time to be with their kids. Take a day off work to spend quality time with your kid. Play with them. Take a walk. Spending time together helps you to learn from each other. Parents who spend time away from their children may not understand their behaviors properly. Kids who are not getting attention from their parents often misbehave because they know they will go unnoticed.
Discipline is key in every household. It aims to help the toddlers avoid bad behavior and learn to control themselves. They may go against the regulations, but discipline will make them fall back to place.
Regulations are a means of communicating your expectations to your kid. Those rules may include no screaming, leaving food uneaten, walking barefoot, and simple rules that will help them develop good behaviors. The rules should be accompanied by consequences, for instance, caning. The results should not be harsh, though. To achieve your goal in raising a well-behaved child, You are mandated to follow through with the consequences. Do not ignore any inappropriate child’s behavior. Be consistent in the manner you foster good behavior in young children.
Respect and recognize your toddler’s feelings. Give your child a chance to learn about non -verbal communication. When you fail to notice or listen to your child, they may end up screaming and crying, which is not good behavior.
How do you know when your child is trying to communicate to you? A 28-month-old is at the park. She is pointing urgently at something and calling her father ”Derl, Derl” He tells her ”I’m sorry baby, I don’t understand could you say it again?
She continues to point and repeats herself several times until her father gets what she’s trying to communicate. This toddler learns that her loved ones will hang in there and work hard to understand her attempts to communicate.
Managing toddler behavior can be difficult for some parents. It requires you to be patient with them most of the time. You should note that your child learns from you as you learn from them. Do not compare your child to another because what works for others might not work for your child. In trying to mold their behaviors, remember that you as a parent are imperfect. Recognize your imperfections. Let your toddler know that you make mistakes, too and that they will be loved that way. Know your abilities as apparent and work on your weaknesses too.