When it comes to assessing your child's behaviour, it's hard to know what is normal.
Toddlers can act differently from day-to-day. Whether they're being angelic or devilish, it's always a challenge. The fact is all kids are different, just as we all have different attitudes to parenting. Much depends on how tolerant you are as a mother or father.
As children become aware of themselves and their surroundings, they will often test the limits of how far they can go. Below are some of the most troubling traits that parents encounter in their kids:
1. Constantly craving attention.
2. Stubbornness and inability to see reason.
3. Anxiety when a parent leaves the room.
4. Asking the same question over and again.
5. Constantly interrupting.
6. Periods of stuttering.
7. Showing no sense of caution or road sense.
8. Talking to imaginary friends.
9. Becoming fixated on toilet behaviour.
10. Acting up with you, while behaving perfectly for others.
11. Refusing to eat at times.
12. Developing irrational fears.
In terms of a practical approach to any kind of problem, consistency is key. Your child needs to know the boundaries of acceptable behaviour, and the consequences of crossing that line. From being placed on a 'naughty step' to cool off and reflect, to taking away treats or toys.
What matters is that they're aware of the rules and the fact that you stick to them. It may not have an immediate effect, but combined with rewarding good behaviour, tolerance, patience and realistic expectations, you'll see a change for the better over time.
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