12 Toddler Misbehaviors, Solved!
How quickly toddler behavior can spin out of control! Learn what to expect from your emotional toddler, and how to handle these misbehaviors.
Dawdling and Dashing
One minute you’re begging him to drop the dandelions and get in the car; the next, you’re chasing him across the lawn. Toddlers live by their own timetable.
Here’s how to set speed limits for your child.
Maybe she’s desperate to have a coveted toy that’s already in use, or a playmate simply invaded her personal space—for a frustrated 2-year-old lacking social skills, biting might be the only strategy at hand. It’s a frightening behavior, but overreacting to it can reinforce the pattern. So, step one: breathe. Step two: Keep reading!
Toddlers can be so fickle. They’ll launch a 10-minute rant about needing play dough now, and within four minutes, they’re done with it. You love that your toddler lives in the moment, but why can’t she hold her horses? Learn more.
Preferring One Parent Over Another
For weeks she’s been glued to her father: waiting for him to come home, wanting him to read the books, even picking up his gestures. You’re glad they’re bonding, but you feel rejected. Is she just not that into you? Read on.
Last week, your 1-year-old would only eat peas and rice cakes; this week, those favorites get instantly dumped on the floor. You’re trying your best to prepare things your toddler will like, but every meal ends with both of you upset and frustrated. Here’s what to keep in mind.
Screaming and Whining
You come to know your toddler’s screams the way you differentiated his cries as a baby: Hollers of joy, frustration, unmet needs. And her whining is no less annoying, but equally normal right now. Read on to adjust your toddler’s volume.
Your toddler is learning more and more words, but his favorite? “No.” He’s saying so much with this short word, and not all of it is bad. Is this behavior really a no-no? Our experts share their insights.
Bath Time Battles
The dirt between his toes can’t feel good, and you know he’s always so happy once he’s out of the bath, clean and dry. So why is it easier to bathe your cat than your toddler? Here’s how to end the water torture.
One moment he’s quiet and grinning; the next, he’s a tornado of fury and pounding fists. Learn how not to take your toddler’s tantrums personally, and
what’s behind his sudden emotions.
You’re tired and you know your toddler is too. Why does this basic need take so much coaxing? If getting your little one to sleep is nightmare, you’re not alone. Read on.
His sippy cup, your hair brush, the dog’s (very full) bowl—anything within your toddler’s reach is subject to rigorous crash testing against the floor and walls. What’s with the catapult-arms? Read on!
Hitting, Slapping, Punching, & Kicking
When you see your toddler slap her friend’s head, you’re horrified. But she looks at you blankly. Take a breath, Mom: Staying calm (by remembering that your little one isn’t really out for blood) means modeling good behavior for your child. Learn more.
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