Positive Parenting can help toddlers feel safe, loved, capable and cooperative.

Toddlers love to test limits and say no. Sometimes toddlers may cry a lot. For that reason, toddlers get quite the reputation for being terrible… But the toddler years don’t have to be terrible. The so called terrible two’s can be in fact quite terrific. And filled with laughter, joy and cooperation. Positive Parenting principles can help you guide your toddler to grow well and feel capable. Positive parenting principles can help you understand typical toddler behaviors.

Toddler aggression

When a young child acts aggressively it is typically a sign that she is feeling upset, scared or overwhelmed. Aggression can also be a sign your child has unmet needs.  It’s normal and very typical for toddlers and preschoolers to struggle with aggression. With help from parents, young children can learn how to express anger in more helpful ways.

Toddler defiance

Toddlers that refuse to do what you say are often labeled as toddlers having behavior problems.  The good news is that in most cases, toddler defiance is  just a sign of healthy development.  Because toddlers that like to say NO and “put their foot down” are not only developing well, they are actively exploring their emotional intelligence and understanding who they are. It’s tricky at times but with the right positive parenting tools it’s possible to invite more cooperation from your toddler.

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Toddler biting

Many toddlers bit instinctively because they are still developing self-control skills. These take quite a few years to develop well. A calm and consistent approach to biting helps your toddler learn to calm down and trust you to offer guidance when they need it most. Use simple and kind limits to stop the biting “You may not bite” or “biting hurts” can be helpful.

Remember that if you are dealing with aggression, tantrums or more, Toddlers thrive when they have parenting guidance that is kind and firm at the same time. Limits should always be clear and set in a loving way.

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Positive Parenting For Toddlers

Find support for toddler tantrums, teaching toddlers self-care skills, how to encourage your toddler to share toys and the most positive ways to address behavior problems with your toddler.  You can also find information for creating routines, better sleep, handling toddler aggression and sibling squabbles.

Help your toddler grow well by parenting in a way that encourages capability and cooperation.

Positive Parenting Toddler Articles 

Using Empathy to Connect with Your Kids

Using Empathy to Connect with Your Kids

Positive parenting educators and mental health therapists talk a lot about empathy. When when parents want to know how to respond when their kids are angry or anxious, I suggest responding with empathy first. I tell parents to think of empathy as “finding the feeling” in what their child is saying or experiencing. If your…

Beyond Obedience: The Importance of Fostering Cooperation at Home

Beyond Obedience: The Importance of Fostering Cooperation at Home

Getting children to cooperate and listen is probably the most shared concern I hear from parents. Similar themes repeat themselves, over and over.
“How do I get my kids to do their homework?”
“How do I get my kids to listen to me? I’m so tired of yelling…for nothing…it makes no difference!”
Our job as parents can be tough as the balancing act of encouraging cooperation positively and needing to get things done unfolds each day. Let’s be honest, what we want and what our children want are often out of synch. It’s easy, alright, a lot easier when everyone is smiling, cooperating and listening. Fostering cooperation reduces the need to yell, nag and demand.

What To Do When Consequences Don’t Work

What To Do When Consequences Don’t Work

Three Parenting Strategies To Try when Consequences Stop Working and your Child is Misbehaving Does this scenario feel familiar? It’s getting close to the end of the day, and you are expecting your child to clean up toys, wash up, help set the table, get ready for bed and go to sleep. Only problem is,…

Toddlers: Competent & Capable As They Grow

Toddlers: Competent & Capable As They Grow

Including your toddler in the process of life—be it dressing, eating, cooking, cleaning, loading in the car, doing errands—is essential for building healthy, strong relationships and self-directed, capable, confident adults.

Giant List of Self-Care Skills for Babies,Toddlers and Preschoolers

Giant List of Self-Care Skills for Babies,Toddlers and Preschoolers

Self Care Skills By Age (Babies, Toddlers and Preschool Children) Giving children a chance to practice self care skills is a very important part of growth and development. The time and effort you invest into encouraging self care is a sure way to help your child feel capable. Learning to get dressed, brushing teeth and…

Positive Parenting: Why Keeping Our Limits When Children Become Upset is Important

Positive Parenting: Why Keeping Our Limits When Children Become Upset is Important

When we let go of punitive parenting and authority over the child style of parenting, setting a limit with kindness and consistency and then actually holding it may at first feel similar to punishing or being authoritarian. With time and practice though, it is possible to be confident, calm and consistent in a way that conveys that the limits are about creating safety, building trust and guidance.

How to Discipline when your Child Tells Tall-Tales, Fibs and Lies

How to Discipline when your Child Tells Tall-Tales, Fibs and Lies

Understanding why children tell lies and how to discipline in a way that fosters honesty and healthy development. “My room was full of flying dragons last night, they knocked over the books, not me!” Children often tell fibs, stretch a tale and blame mysterious creatures for misbehaviour. Lying, is actually a sign of intelligence. While…

The Best Discipline Strategy When Children Become Aggressive

The Best Discipline Strategy When Children Become Aggressive

Inside: How To Use Positive Discipline To Respond to Aggressive Behaviors in Toddlers and Young Children It’s quite normal for toddlers and preschoolers to struggle with aggressive behavior from time to time. When your child acts aggressively it is typically a sign that she is feeling upset, scared or overwhelmed. Many parents worry that aggressive…

What Really Works to Help Children With Tantrums

What Really Works to Help Children With Tantrums

To stop child tantrums it is best to understand why tantrums happen and what helps your child feel better.  Most children have tantrums during the toddler years. Tantrums can also happen during early childhood and are perfectly normal expressions of overwhelm, frustration and other emotions. Throwing a tantrum is part of learning to control impulses…

The Real Reason Kids Misbehave Again and Again – And How to Stop It

The Real Reason Kids Misbehave Again and Again – And How to Stop It

Why Children Misbehave And How To Help Them Do Better It was mid morning at playgroup and tension was rising between Theo, his mother and a phone. The phone was perfectly placed on the edge of a table. Peeking out just enough for tiny hands to want to reach up and touch. So Theo kept trying to do…

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