Raising children is hard work and no matter how much you do things for their benefit, you will often be met with an angry toddler who thinks you are nothing but a mean mum.
Here are five things you do for your toddler that they don’t like
Ignore their tantrums
Your child is throwing a tantrum because they want something or because they want you to listen to them. They want you to pay attention to them and react but by ignoring them – which understandably can be really hard to do - you are letting them know that this kind of behaviour is not effective nor is it acceptable.
Don’t give them sweets everyday
If it was up to your son or daughter they would sit in the cookie jar all day if it was possible. And while it can be hard to resist the charms and big eyes of a three-year-old who is after something nice, you are establishing good eating habits and letting them see sweets as treats.
Put them to bed at a certain time
Sleep is important for the health of your child and to ensure they are able to function to the best of their ability, but it is a rare child who likes going to bed. While they won’t think it now, as they get older and establish good sleeping habits they will appreciate your struggle to get them to go asleep.
Turn off the TV
While your toddler would certainly be in favour of this, not allowing them to spend all day in front of the TV is one of the best things you are doing for them. In fact, it is recommended that kids under two don’t have any telly consumption but while we know this is hard to do, limiting their viewings is extremely important.
Make them share
No child wants to share their sweets or their toys but it is a very important skill that they need to learn. It is a way for them to be considerate of other’s feelings, include them in their play and is a personal skill that they will take with them right through to adult life.