Frustrated by your toddler’s behavior?

Frustrated! Do you ever feel frustrated by your toddler’s behavior? A toddler’s behavior can be difficult to understand.

Stressed out! If you’re stressed out, it’s even more difficult to deal with a toddler who seems challenging.

Is it OK? Is it OK to slap or spank or yell at your toddler? No! Is it OK to threaten or scare your child? No!

When you were a child You may have been slapped, spanked, yelled at, threatened or scared when you were a child. If so, you may think it’s OK to do these things to your own child.

On the other hand If you were abused as a child, you may have decided to do the opposite. If so, your toddler is much better off.

WIC’s recommendations WIC helps parents understand babies, toddlers and children. This is important to the entire family.

You love your child! You want a happy baby. You want the best for your toddler. But sometimes it’s difficult to know how to deal with toddlers!

Challenging situations Your toddler wakes up often and cries a lot. Your toddler throws his food on the floor, has tantrums, and is difficult at bedtime. And maybe more!

Let’s look for solutions! If we understand toddlers better, it’s easier to know what to do. Raising a toddler will always be challenging, but it can become less challenging. Like you, all parents need strategies. Parents need tools for dealing with children effectively. This is sometimes called “positive parenting.”

Are you a WIC parent? If you’re a WIC parent, you can speak to a WIC educator about your challenges at any appointment. And you can ask questions during parent sessions too.

Tips for raising a happy toddler Child experts have many tips to share that will make life with your toddler easier. Here are a few:

Eating
• Try not to worry about how much your child eats at one meal.
• Start by offering one portion.
• Offer a food many times, but don’t pressure him to eat it.
• Be patient! It can take time for a toddler to get used to a food.

Crying
• Help your toddler stay calm by responding quickly.
• Take her attention away from something she can’t do.
• Give her time to move and play in safe places.
• Use routines so things you and she do each day will go more smoothly.

Tantrums
• Respond soon to what he needs. Is he tired? Or uncomfortable? You may be able to avoid the tantrum.
• Protect your toddler from hurting himself during the tantrum.
• Keep your voice calm and your face relaxed.
• Be patient! He will have better control over his emotions when he’s 3 or 4 years old.

Sleeping
• Create a bedtime routine.
• Think of things that will calm your toddler. Taking a warm bath? Reading a story? Listening to quiet music?
• Do the same things each time. Be consistent.
• Be patient. It may take 1-2 weeks for your toddler to learn the routine.
• Don’t be concerned about the time on the clock. See when your toddler yawns or rubs his eyes.

Making a new routine
• Help your toddler by taking the same steps in the same order over and over.
• Use this strategy for bedtime or taking her to daycare or going somewhere in the car, for example.
• Choose a few simple steps.
• Be patient.
• Remember—it takes time for your toddler to memorize these steps and stay calm.

Changing a routine
• Use this strategy for things like switching from a bottle to a cup.
• Change the first step of the old routine. The new first step should be very different.
• Make changes to all of the old steps.
• Do the same things each time. Be consistent.
• Be patient!

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