Having a toddler in the house means there is no way to take your eyes off from him.This is a stage when the child is on his way to explore various things he sees around and at the same time not aware of the consequences of doing a particular act. Parents of the toddler go through various kinds of situations.In this article, I am sharing the things that I learnt through my experiences with my toddler.
Toddler just loves the attention and praise. Remember to acknowledge any good thing they do or say. Phrases like “Good Job”, “Well done”, “I am proud of you” makes them feel good and aware that those acts are the right ones and they will be rewarded if they did well.Do a lot of talking with your toddler, even say for instance, when you are giving bath to your toddler or simply changing his diaper or dressing him up. Engaging in conversation with your toddler not only develops his vocabulary but also inculcates the importance of communicating.
Make a habit of reading a book to your toddler every night. Rightly said, you are what you read. Good habits need to be internalized from this stage itself. Introduce him to the local library and use every opportunity to make use of the events that your local library organize for kids.
Engage in outdoor play with your toddler. Going to the playground gives your toddler an opportunity to see other children and teaches him concepts like sharing, friendship, playing together and experience various things which he would not know if he does not interact with the outside world. Do not miss out on opportunities to encourage your toddler’s participation in events like Halloween or Easter egg hunt, organized by the locals of your area.
Try to say No as less as possible. Sometimes, however when you have to say NO say it. That way your child knows exactly NO means NO.
To sum it all up, what a toddler needs most from you is your time. It is the responsibility of both the mom and dad to spend quality time with our child for his overall growth and development. You have to try to be around when he is sick, be there when he says his first words, and see how he is trying to feed himself or learning to use the potty. In short, you are there for him when he needs you.