They don’t call them the 'terrible twos' for nothing; biting, hair pulling, screaming, kicking and pushing are common practices from toddlers

 

However, rather than them coming from a bad place, it is typically a sign that they are struggling to deal with their emotions and have yet to learn to control them.

 

If your little one has been playing up, try the following tips:

 

Reward good behaviour

It is important you don’t just focus in on the bad behaviour but rather offer them plenty of praise when they do behave. 

 

Respond straight away

When it comes to something like biting, pushing or kicking it is important you respond straight away. Your little one won’t know that they have done something wrong unless you tell them. If you are letting them kick or pull hair once or twice before pulling them up on it, how are they going to know they are doing something wrong.

 

Be consistent

Make sure you are consistent in your rules and how you discipline. When they act up, try your best to react as you did before giving the same consequences so that your youngster starts to see a pattern in how they should behave.

 

Stay calm

It is important you keep your cool and remain calm when your little one starts to misbehave. We understand it is hard to not lose it out of sheer embarrassment when your toddler starts doing something in public, but try to remain calm and consistent.

 

Avoid over using the word 'no'

Try to avoid saying 'no' to your child constantly – even if you are saying it in their best interest, they will act up. Instead offer them an alternative to what they are asking for.

 

Keep them active

Sometimes aggression can be bought on because your little one has so much pent up energy and they don’t know how to release it. Make sure they are  getting plenty of time during the day to run around and exert their energy. 

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