Start writing a post

How to deal with toddlers' emerging personalities

Welcome to the parenting stage, where reason goes out the window.

Where's my baby gone?!
https://twitter.com/Moonfacemum
Mum of two, bar manager, and lover of wine. And tequila.

You blinked, and now your baby is a toddler. Welcome to the parenting stage where reason goes out the window. Suddenly your household's happiness rests on the whims of a tiny dictator. Toddlers do have a bad reputation and with good reason. They defy logic, like to exert their independence, and have big feelings.


But while they are certainly challenging at times, there's also something really special about seeing their personality explode. I'm certainly no expert, and much more eloquent and qualified people have written extensively on this subject, but I have picked up a couple of tips and tricks that seem to work with my toddlers.

How the pandemic has made me a better parent conversations.indy100.com

Always give a five-minute warning before a change, and stick to it. No one likes change if they don't know it's coming. Play is learning - so my boys will say now they are 'too busy' to do something while they are playing with Duplo, and that's not a lie - they are busy creating something. If possible, I try to let them finish what they are in the middle of, even if that means delaying bath time for a little while.

Make boring, everyday things fun; teeth brushing can be a hunt for foods that have been stuck in their teeth all day, getting dressed can be a race, inanimate objects like shoes can talk and say they miss feet. I'm well aware this all makes me sound like a madwoman, but hey - if it gets their shoes on, it's worth being silly.

The sillier you are, the better. Toddlers are a great audience.

Have you got something to say? Want to share your thoughts and experiences with the world? Submit a post to Conversations today.

How do we bring an end to the environmental “blah, blah, blah”?

COP26 needs a very different approach to climate change discussions if we are going to talk our way to success

Photo by Jacek Dylag on Unsplash
An energetic and determined finance professional, who has developed a real passion for the power of high quality discussions. Having written a book, The Art of Discussion, I am keen to share the message of the changes needed to drive better conversations in our increasingly polarised world.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-wyatt-a4750668/

When I was a young man playing rugby, I was in an environment where I felt (rightly or wrongly) that it was only socially acceptable to be straight, so I pretended! It may not have been particularly healthy for my personal wellbeing, but it didn't take long to learn what to say and how to behave in order to convince those around me. And it worked pretty well! So much so that when one of my teammates later met my boyfriend at a wedding, he famously said to the bride and groom that I "couldn't possibly be gay because he played rugby with me for years!"

So why is this little anecdote so relevant to COP 26? Well… because if a shy, introverted gay boy can pull off being straight, then it is not exactly hard for politicians with their armies of speech writers, advisers and spin doctors to pretend to be green. And that is what many of them are doing!

Keep reading... Show less

The 7 surprising perks of having kids

Being a parent can be rough, but the fact that I love them is a given.

Mum of two, bar manager, and lover of wine. And tequila.
https://twitter.com/Moonfacemum

Being a parent can be rough.

This week alone, I've faced homework deadlines, a sickness bug, multiple tantrums, a nasty smash on the head (their head, not mine). I've been yelled at for breaking character when I was supposed to be Wolverine, and I've read The Gruffalo about a thousand times (feels like).

Keep reading... Show less
#StartTheConversation by joining us on
x

Join our new platform for free and your post can reach a huge audience on Indy100 and The Independent join