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Get your toddler to listen to you Part 1

By admin
09 September 2013

While toddlers can be adorable, they can also try your patience as a parent. The key question that frustrated parents often ask is: “How can I get my toddler to listen to me?”

Let’s take a look at some of the more common behavioural problems that parents experience with their toddlers and some tips on how to handle them.

PROBLEM 1:

Refusing to listen

At times, you’ll find you have to raise your voice to get your toddler to do something you’ve asked of them. For example, you might ask your daughter to put on shoes as you will be taking her to visit her grandmother. She will seemingly ignore you, but toddlers do hear what you’ve said. At times, they simply choose not to respond.

What to do

To get a positive response from your children, let them know in advance when you need them to do something. Don’t ask your toddler to do something at the last minute. Also, take a moment to explain – give reasons for your request; you can even make it exciting. Ask your toddler to put on her shoes because you are going to visit her grandmother, then remind her that granny always has sweets when you go and visit her. And finally, remember that as the parent you need to be a role model when it comes to listening. When your toddler speaks to you, give your full attention. If you only pretend to listen, your children will do the same to you.

PROBLEM 2:

Running away

How often have you been to the supermarket, and your little one has run away from you and your trolley?

Toddlers seem to enjoy ‘making a break for it’ in public, leaving you to chase after them. If you hold them back, they’ll respond by throwing a tantrum!

What to do

Keep your child occupied while you’re out in public. Some toddlers run around because they are bored and want to initiate a game. Ask them to hold onto the shopping list for you, and help you pick items from the shelves. When walking in the streets, you can allow your child to roam, but be sure to give them a marker where they need to stop when they reach it. If your toddler does not like his or her hand to be held, give them the choice: “Which hand would you like to hold?” so that they still feel empowered.