It often feels like you’re navigating a minefield when it comes to toddler parenting. Your kids are now at a critical age where they learn at the speed of light and seem to change every day. Here’s a look at some of the mistakes most of us make when parenting toddlers.
Toddler parenting mistakes
Toddlers are slaves to routines and they thrive when they know what to expect and what is expected from them. Toddler parenting requires keeping them on a regular schedule with regards to meals and bedtime, and being consistent when responding to bad behaviour, like throwing food to the floor.
Not doing one-on-one time
Although family time is special, kids love spending some alone time with one parent at a time. You have to ensure that each kid gets some alone time with a parent as often as possible. And it really doesn’t matter what you’re doing, as long as you’re playing together.
Helping too much
Of course, it’s tempting to want to jump in and help your tot with that puzzle or fastening her shoes, but it’s best to resist the temptation. Toddlers need to learn self-reliance and how to deal with frustration. If you’re always there to “save” them, they’ll never learn this skill.
Only offering them kid food
Toddlers love junk foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken nuggets and other nutritional horrors like sugary cereals and processed cheeses. But in reality, there’s no reason why your toddler should stick to only these “kid-approved” foods. Make sure you put some of everything you’re eating on your toddler’s plate and allow them to taste without forcing the issue.
Getting rid of the crib
Congratulations, your baby just matured into a toddler, but that definitely doesn’t mean you need to transition them into a real bed, yet. Only once your toddler is able to escape the crib El Solo Lobo should you replace the crib with a bed. This normally only happens between the ages of 2 and 3.
Trying to stop tantrums
It’s natural to want to control or stop a tantrum before it happens, especially in public, but tantrums HAVE to run their course. All kids throw fits, and they do it because they’re expressing strong emotions. Remember that your kid is more important than the judgement of whoever is witnessing the tantrum, so just stay focused on keeping your kid safe and feeling loved until this blows over.