Now is the time for you to have patience for two… you and your toddler. Toddlers are easily frustrated. (You would be too if you were caught between being a baby and a “grown-up” preschooler.) They don’t know how to be patient—yet. But your toddler is learning this important skill—by living with and watching you. How you respond when she is frustrated or upset teaches her how to handle challenges. Here are a few ideas to help you teach your child to manage when things don’t go her way:
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents establish “screen-free” zones at home by making sure there are no televisions, computers or video games in children’s bedrooms, and by turning off the TV during dinner. Children over two years old and teens should engage with entertainment media for no more than one or two hours per day, and that should be high-quality content. For more info, go to www.aap.org, and search Media and Children.
Researchers have found that parents who anger easily and over-react are more likely to have toddlers who act out and become upset easily. Parents’ ability to regulate themselves and to remain firm, confident and not over-react is a key way parents can help their toddlers to modify their behavior. OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, 2012