Parenting can be extremely tough, but things even get harder by the time children become toddlers. In most cases, children start to become more difficult to manage by fourteen months. At this time, they start learning to walk, they desire to explore new objects, show greater independence, and begin to show defiant behavior. It is for this very reason that parenting toddlers has been described as “maddening”.
However, no matter how maddening these years can be, every parent has to go through this phase–whether we like it or not. So what can we do to make these years as easier and as positive as can be? One mother has some great ideas: “Tips on Parenting A Crazy Toddler!” But if you don’t mind, I’d like to add my own humble suggestions on parenting toddlers.
1. Know your toddler’s developmental tasks.
2. Ensure child-safety in these exploratory years.
3. Respond to wanted behaviors more than punishing unwanted behaviors.
4. Do not battle with your toddler’s food preferences.
5. Be willing to give up some parental control.