No parent wants to have to deal with a toddler who appears to react badly to every small inconvenience but, unfortunately, this is very common. The ‘terrible twos’ is the period where your toddler is not happy and will likely have a breakdown regardless of where you go or what you do.
The good news is that many parents have survived the terrible twos and there are ways that you can make this process easier. To find out some of our top tips, make sure to keep reading this article.
Our first tip is often easier said than done, but it is really important if you want to get through this tough time in one piece: stay calm. We suggest that you take some time out from your kids and swap duties with your partner, if you can. Try to stay as calm as possible and ensure that if you do react negatively to a tantrum that you do it away from your child.
Stick To A Meal Schedule
Children respond well to routine and if you want to survive the terrible twos then you need to think about the schedule that you currently have. Meal times can be a trigger for many toddlers and so you should try to plan these and have them at a similar time every day. With a meal schedule, your toddler will know what to expect and they’ll be less likely to react negatively.
Our next tip for parents who are struggling to survive the terrible twos is to plan naps. Kids need naps and, if they don’t get one, they will likely be tired and become more easily agitated. Make sure to plan your day around naps and don’t skip them if you can.
You should also consider getting some professional advice on the bedtime routine and transitioning to a new bed to avoid any sort of issues in this area in the future. There’s a really helpful guide on Happy Beds that gives you all the information you need on transitioning your child to a new bed which is definitely worth a read.
Finally, you should try your best to stay strong throughout any sort of issues that arise. What we mean by this is that, when you tell your toddler that they cannot have or do something, you remain strong. Don’t let yourself get into the trap of giving in when things get a little tough as this will teach them the wrong type of lesson. Try to stick to your guns and this will help you to keep them on the right path.
If you have a toddler that is about to enter the terrible twos, then you should make sure to take all of our tips on board. For some parents, this time isn’t too tricky, but for others toddlers can be a nightmare. Make sure to stick to a routine and stay as calm as possible to make this process run a lot smoother for your family.