Dealing with Terrible Twos
Anyway, I have gathered these tips in helping our toddler during the terrible twos:
having a regular routine for meals, naps, bedtime, etc. and try to stick to them each day
- learn to set limits about things and don't be surprised when your toddler tries to test those limits to see what he can get away with
offer limited choices only, like 'would you like apples or oranges for your snack' and not just 'what do you want for your snack.' This helps your toddler feel like he is making some decisions and has power over things, but he isn't able to choose unacceptable alternatives
don't give in to tantrums
begin to use time-out and taking away privileges as discipline techniques
provide your toddler with a safe environment that is well childproofed to explore and play in. It really isn't fair that your toddler should get in trouble for playing with something he isn't supposed to if you left it within reach.
By learning more about this normal stage in your child's development, it can make it easier to get through it and make sure that you aren't contributing to more battles than are necessary.