11 February 2016

Dealing with the Terrible Twos: Tantrums, Potty Training and Picky Eaters

Each stage of parenthood comes with challenges of its own, the worst of which is dealing with the terrible twos. Once babies hit the 24-month mark and become toddlers, a lot changes. By this age, they’re a lot more mobile and are learning new things every single day. Like for instance, that broccoli isn’t a food they like and so will no longer eat it or any food containing it. (Yep, toddlers are the pickiest eaters!)

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Toddlers can be a real nightmare, especially when it comes to tantrums, potty training, and food. That being said, the terrible twos don’t have to be quite so terrible if you choose to take (and use!) the tips and advice below. Being a parent is hard enough as it is, why make things harder for yourself?

Let’s talk tantrums--

When children don’t get what they want, be it a treat or to stay at the park for five minutes longer, it can often end in a tantrum. While tantrums in older kids tend to be made up of a little moaning and groaning, toddler tantrums are a lot more powerful. A toddler tantrum tends to be made up of screaming, crying, and throwing themselves onto the floor, and they’re a nightmare to deal with.

The best thing to do, no matter how difficult it is, is to ignore them. Don’t pay any attention to them at all, as this will only make things worse. If you’re in a public place, the best thing to do is to pick them up and carry them off. Yes, they might kick and scream, but just ignore it. The more attention you give them, the more they’ll act up.

How to deal with potty training--

Another struggle that comes with the terrible twos is potty training. It can be a challenge. The most important thing that you can do is pick a potty training method and stick to it. One of the most popular methods at the moment is this three-day one, that offers quick, easy toilet training. You can find out more about this at http://pottytrainingsolved.com/.

Obviously, it’s important to realize that what works for one child may not work for another. So when it comes to potty training, it may be a case of trial and error. Start off using one method and see how it goes. If after two weeks you’ve seen no improvement, it might be time to give your little one a break. Sometimes kids just aren’t ready to be potty trained; it’s as simple as that. Give it a couple of months and then try again.

Make mealtimes easier--

Kids often go through phases of being fussy about food. If your child has all of a sudden developed an aversion to a certain food, try not to panic. It may be that they just don’t like that food, or it could be that they’re going through a picky phase. If it’s a food that contains important nutrients, blend it into soups, sauces and smoothies and they’ll never know they’re eating it.

There’s no two ways about it; toddlers can be a nightmare at times. The good news is that if you take the tips above on board, you can make the terrible twos a little more manageable.

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