How to Set Rules for Toddlers
Making rules for toddlers can be tasking and funny at the same times. Toddlers are known not to be able to follow a lot of rules. To make them to understand and not rebel – it is important to keep the rules simple at this age. An example is setting up a rule of “No throwing food” for toddler within the age of 9 months to 2 years. This might simply mean setting yourself up for stress and failure because children of that age are bound to toss food now and then. This rule can be implemented but that might be later in life. It is important to focus first on efforts that are achievable now.
Still, confused on where to start?
It is important to make a list of your major concerns and the child’s biggest behavioral issues.
Here are five easy to follow steps in setting rules for your kids
Too young to understand
The child might be too young to understand what you are saying or doing at 9 months to 1-years of age. After all the child is too young to understand cause and effect or to be punished. It is important to introduce the child to the concept of right and wrong through teaching them by modeling.
Show Him How It’s Done
Little children learn faster by watching than by listening. You have a hard time getting your kid to brush his teeth, you can demonstrate the behavior that you want him to learn by simply “taking him along while you brush” let it be a routine that both of you do together.
Get the kid Distracted
Instead of yelling or raising your voice on the child, try to get him distracted from what he is doing presently or acts up. Shouting might only make him angry or resentful. Quietly and calmly diverts his attention and interest to another activity. This helps to put a quick end to the unwanted behavior.
Always be Consistent
Be consistent always with your rules. Children might want to blackmail you with a cry to bend the rules most times, but it is important to keep being consistent with all rules set for the child. It may look harmless allowing her to play with the toy after play time this ones because she was crying, but that will encourage her to pitch another fit the next time she won’t be allowed to get her way.
Keep It Positive
The best way of making the child to understand and maintain a rule is by reinforcing a positive action and using a positive voice in giving instructions. Use positive words to keep them to obey the instruction.
Always make sure that you are on the same page with your spouse so as not to be issuing conflicting instructions. This can be frustrating to the kids and can make them exasperated.
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