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 

Toddlers making Trouble:  11 Helpful Alternatives to Timeout

Toddlers making Trouble: 11 Helpful Alternatives to Timeout

Toddlers don’t really mean to be making trouble, they spend their days trying to understand and discover their environment, their place and space in the world.
Often, it’s hard to know how to best handle the messy, sassy, yucky situations. Time outs are so popular in the toddler years, yet just placing a toddler in the corner or on a naughty chair is unlikely to prevent a re-occurance as toddlers will not really learn by pouting all alone

Encouraging Children to Listen: 3 Steps to Avoid Yelling

Encouraging Children to Listen: 3 Steps to Avoid Yelling

When children don’t listen, being calm and confident can take extra effort, but really it is the key to getting kids to listen. To encourage children to listen more, and stop yelling you can try these three steps.

The Most Powerful And Punishment Free Way To Better Behavior

The Most Powerful And Punishment Free Way To Better Behavior

Discipline that teaches your child’s heart and mind at the same time. When my son was four years old, he was sweet, funny and quite mischievous. Just a moment unsupervised and something was likely to get opened, spilled or broken. Most days my son was content to play with his toys, in the garden or…

Positive Parenting: Siblings & Teasing

Positive Parenting: Siblings & Teasing

Siblings teasing  can be a huge source of annoyance and conflict for the whole family.  If you find yourself wishing the teasing would just go away here are some tried and true ideas for reducing  teasing between siblings: 1. Be wary of choosing sides:  Even if you know which sibling started the teasing, pointing it…

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…

How to move your child from “I can’t” to “I’m capable”

How to move your child from “I can’t” to “I’m capable”

The “I can’t” stage is a tough one. Parents often feel torn about how to handle these two words. Some parents feel that they should step right in and help because it is their parental duty. Others feel that those two words are unacceptable and that their child must at least “try.” The optimal way to…

How To Set Limits on Your Child’s Behavior in a Positive and Respectful Way

How To Set Limits on Your Child’s Behavior in a Positive and Respectful Way

Positive Parenting essentials for setting limits on your child’s behavior The other morning at playgroup, a little boy kept running up to his mom and punching her. It was a light, somewhat playful punch. Repeated over and over again it seemed quite annoying too. All this mom really wanted, was to have a conversation with a friend. You’ve been…

Positive Discipline for Attention Seeking Behaviors

Positive Discipline for Attention Seeking Behaviors

You’re feeling annoyed. Your child keeps bothering you with the same behavior. “Stop!” you huff for the tenth time, but it happens again. Why can’t my child just listen to me, you think. You’re confused as to the reason your child would continue to do something over and over again when you’ve made it clear that…

When Children Test Limits and Don’t Accept Choices

When Children Test Limits and Don’t Accept Choices

Consider this. Your child chose C because it is his job. His job to practice being in charge of himself as often as possible. Her job to test you, to let you know HER preference, to state loud and clear “I am the boss of ME!” And your child is right. He IS the boss of himself, and as the boss, he gets to ultimately decide what choice he will make. This is truly evidence of just the kind of self-directed, independent soul you (most of the time) want to grow. Someone who is in charge of themselves.

Okay, but you still need to get out the door. To continue to support your child in their quest to be independent it is important to respect their choice. How does this look and still get out the door–maybe on time?

Connecting with Children Through Play

Connecting with Children Through Play

The importance of play doesn’t end there. Yes it’s enjoyable for them and yes play is important in child development but play also provides parents with a door to connect with their child on a deep level. I always love to say that I am hands on, this I feel sums up the play connection I am referring to. Engaging and being present in play is a hands-on way to establish a deep connection and strengthen a healthy relationship with your child.

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