It can seem very complicated to discipline your 2-year-old, he starts to show his personality and the sweet baby, sometimes he seems like a rebellious little boy. Now, tantrums are the order of the day because your little one knows what he wants but does not know how to express it correctly.
Imagine this situation: You are at home working, and your 2-year-old son comes up with his favorite book for you to read. You tell him that you can’t at that moment but that you will read it to him later. She does not want “no” for an answer and gets angry. It can be a small tantrum or an uncontrolled one.
There are parents who feel overwhelmed by these situations and do not know well how to control these moments and what to do so that their little treasure understands things. But when children are 2 years old, they will not understand you … you have to understand them first to educate them correctly!
What you have to do?
Tantrums are normal for growing children. It’s your 2-year-old’s way of expressing his frustrations when he doesn’t have the right words or language to tell you what he needs or how he feels. In this way, your child learns to face new challenges and disappointments.
But there are ways to respond to your little one’s outbursts or misbehavior without negatively affecting him and his development not being compromised. Therefore, below, we are going to give you some tools so that you are able to educate and discipline your little whirlwind. You can change a moment of chaos for a more peaceful one.
You don’t want to use logic.
The child’s brain does not lend itself to logic. In fact, logic doesn’t even begin to take hold until age 6 or 7. Offering endless explanations about why a child can’t do something, just drains your energy and makes you frustrated. That’s why telling a 2-year-old something like, “Park time is up, we have to go home” will only enrage him.
Instead of giving explanations, say what you see and describe what is happening without judgment and with love. This will help the little one to know that you understand and feel better without having to explode in a tantrum. For example: “Honey, I saw that you hit your brother for the toy; let’s ask him with good words.”
It only happens once
What is happening right now, for your child, is all that exists. So when something happens once, the child will expect it to happen always. When your child stays up late one night, he’ll expect to stay up late the next night. When your child gets a pre-dinner cookie one night, they’ll expect to get a pre-dinner cookie the next night.