Dealing With Toddler Behaviors

Best Ways To Stay (Mostly) Unruffled With Toddlers

Our attitude toward limit-pushing behavior is everything, and our perspective is what defines our attitude. Testing, limit-pushing, defiance and resistance are healthy signs that our toddlers are developing independence and autonomy.

When toddler behavior is driving you crazy?! It is critical for the adult to gain a perspective in a way that our toddlers can not… These days I am experiencing quite an adventure dealing with behavior of children of different (and early) ages and abilities. Although I have worked with all of these age groups separately, handling issues among children of these ages as a group has been quite challenging. Two are quick to hit, one screams almost as if having a tantrum when his own body cannot accomplish what his mind desires, the infants react to the screaming and crying by adding their own cries of distress, and they all are in a phase of taking each others’ toys.

It’s easier for me to help them learn and do what they need to, if I stay calm but confident and positive, and remember that all of these behaviors are normal. It seems like I am being tested, and I am. That’s what toddlers do! But, I need to be a model of peace and love if that’s how I expect them to be able to act. Limits do need to be set, but I try to remind myself to “teach” and not “punish”.

Toddlers Stealing Toys

What To Do About A Toddler Toy Taker

In the past few months since I have started my new in-home school I have recently experienced this with my toddlers. One of whom is my own… What to do what your toddler is stealing toys. Does this mean your child has a social disorder, or is this normal childhood development that needs simply to be guided and directed in a loving way? So far, for me, it could be both. Careful observation is essential. Children need opportunities to resolve conflicts on their own. The reality is though, if children are hurting each other for any reason, the adult needs to step in. I’m not sure what else could help the situation “naturally” resolve itself once it gets to this level. It does not necessarily indicate a “disorder” rather than a habit of behavior, that could be changed with consistent intervention. But in fact, in most cases toy-stealing does resolve itself, at least in my experiences so far. But, in the cases where children are being hurt or bullied, even at this young age, great suggestions are provided here, and I also follow these suggestions in my in-home school.