Toddlers are a source of love and laughter for their parents. Watching their little ones grow and learn is a special experience that cannot be put into words.
There are some key things that all parents should keep in mind when raising a toddler. These include setting limits, being patient and consistent, and providing positive reinforcement.
It is also important to create a close bond with your child. Being a parent is not easy and it requires patience, love and understanding.
Toddlers are constantly testing their boundaries. They will touch fire or climb on the roof if they are not taught what is dangerous. Setting limits for toddlers is extremely important as it helps them learn about boundaries.
When establishing limits, parents should be patient and consistent. Toddlers thrive on routine and they need to know what is expected of them. If a limit is not enforced consistently, the child will only become confused.
It is also important to explain the reasoning behind the limit. For example, if a child is not allowed to touch a hot stovetop because it will burn, the parent should explain how it burns.
Positive reinforcement for good behaviour
Parents often tell their children that they are not allowed to touch something or that they cannot go somewhere. While toddlers need boundaries, they also need positive reinforcement when doing something right. Parents should praise children for following rules and give them clear feedback on the behaviour they are expected to display.
Toddlers have short attention spans so praise should be quick, simple and consistent. For example, ‘Great job putting away your toys’ or ‘I like how you shared that toy with your sister’.
Building a close bond with toddlers
Parents often seek advice on how to discipline their children. Discipline is important, but it should not be the main focus in parenting.
A steady connection with your child will allow them to know that you are always there to support them no matter what they do or what rules they break. Positive reinforcement, setting limits and being consistent are all great ways of building a close bond with your toddler.
When a child knows that they are loved unconditionally, they will be more likely to follow the rules set by their parents. Displaying love and affection is one of the best ways to show your toddler that you care.
A close bond between parent and child is one of the most important relationships in a child’s life. It is important for toddlers to feel loved and that they are wanted. This sense of security will empower them to explore their world, make new friends and achieve success in school.
Parents are often told to be patient with toddlers as they are learning, exploring and testing their boundaries. It takes time to adjust to not being the centre of attention anymore, but toddlers are full of love for parents who have patience, set limits consistently and establish a close bond.
Raising a toddler can be challenging but it is also an extremely rewarding experience. Watching your child learn and grow is a privilege that should not be taken for granted.