The terrible twos don’t have to be terrible to you. But there’s really no tactic to make the terrible twos not so typical. With the terrible twos, there will be screaming, crying, running, temper-tantrum-throwing, ecc. But it’s all about how you perceive it; how you handle it. You can get more of this information from this great E-book Dealing With the Terrible Twos and Beyond, Talking to Toddlers
First of all, and most obvious of all, you have to have patience. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost my cool and just started yelling at my son, and I could see this little look of absolute delight in his eyes. Like a little mischevious grin that said, “I got you…” At that point, I can’t help but laugh, but that’s not so bad.
Laughing at you child’s behavior can be therapeutic. Instead of going crazy and getting all bent up about the terrible twos, try laughing about it. C’mon, when your terrible two toddler decides to take off his diaper and pee on the kitchen floor, it is funny. The key is, not to let them see you laughing, and to be persistent with your actions.
Persistence is key. Every single time that terrible two toddler takes that block and throws it at the tv, take the same disciplinary action. Try not to let any of those actions slip because say, maybe you’re tired, because then the terrible two toddler won’t get that if he does such action, such consequence will follow. Insted the terrible two toddler will learn: if I just keep doing it, I might get away with it every once in a while.
Also, learn when to ignore your terrible two toddler. When he’s been fed and gotten enough sleep and he starts to freak out because say, he wants a cookie and you won’t give him one, just ignore – ignore – ignore. Eventually, the terrible two toddler will just learn that by throwing those tantrums, the terrible two toddler will not get his or her way.
But another tactic for that type of behavior is to avert the terrible two toddler’s attention. If the terrible two toddler is screaming for a cookie, ask him or her if they want an apple or a banana, or — “Look! Why don’t we watch your favorite cartoon!”
Last, never forget that your terrible two toddler is unique, and you may have to figure out your own terrible two toddler’s personality to figure out what really makes them tick, and what makes them stop! And for more info just check out Dealing With the Terrible Twos and Beyond, Talking to Toddlers