Toddlers can make you laugh, cry, and test the limits of your patience in a matter of minutes. For experienced this will be territory that’s all too familiar. However, if you’re a new parent, this can be harder to manage. In this guide, you’ll find tips that will help make life with your toddler a little easier.
Food habits will change
Toddlers are notorious for their bad food habits. Don’t worry, this is a phase that they will eventually grow out of. Be patient and try your best to expand their palette – just don’t expect it to happen overnight.
Consistency is key when it comes to toddlers. If you aren’t consistent with things like discipline, bedtimes, and other things, your toddler will struggle to develop good habits.
Use cartoons to your advantage
There are some great free kids cartoons available that will keep your children entertained whilst teaching them important life lessons at the same time. They will also keep your child still which can come in handy when you need to do things around the house. So long as you keep screen time to a minimum, you won’t have a problem.
They won’t like you all the time…and that’s ok
You will need to say no and tell your toddler to do things that they don’t want to do. This will likely lead to frowns, protests and possibly tantrums. This is ok, toddlers have short attention spans and even shorter memories – so don’t get worried if you feel they don’t like you.
You will all get sick
Toddlers are great at getting sick – which means that you invariably will too. So stock up on tissues and kid’s medicine.
Build a community
Try to find other parents near you in similar situations. This will help you to build a network of support and find friends for your little one!
Lead by example
Toddlers pick up on everything you do as they learn and develop so be sure to lead by example!
Treasure the little moments
Toddlers don’t stay small and cute for long, so don’t forget to treasure the little laughs, smiles, and moments you share with them. These are memories that will last a lifetime.
Kids take time to learn things, so remember to be patient. More often than not they’re just kids – they aren’t deliberately trying to wind you up.
Do things together
Your little one will want to be involved in your life, so don’t be afraid to let them in! Let them help in the kitchen or watch movies with them – there is no substitute for time spent together!
Keep these toddler tips in mind and you and your little ones will be able to live together with ease.