The Secrets To Helping Your Toddler Cooperate
Running around and exploring is what toddlers do. You rarely see them sitting down, patiently listening to what you tell them. Fact of the matter is, Toddlers are just born that way and though it can create a lot of stress and physical challenge for us parents, we continue to work for them to cooperate.
Toddlers are attracted to active and new things around them. Whenever they see toys, they will rush into the pile and play. When you take them to the park or a wide-spaced area, they would run around and look on brand new things.
It can indeed be a huge challenge for parents to get their children to cooperate when activities require their attention. Even during bedtime when you want them to listen to your stories, toddlers tend to want to jump out of bed in the middle of story time.
Not that we don’t understand their curiosity, but we want our children to make the most out of what they can learn from cooperating.
It may seem difficult at first, but there are ways in which we can get our toddlers to cooperate a little more easily… or at the very least try. These are a few secrets on what other parents do when toddlers start to lose focus.
- Make it fun. Your toddlers like playful and fun activities such as games. When you want them to tidy up their toys, do not make it seem like a chore. Instead, turn it into a game like where they gather as many toys and put them away as they can in 60 seconds. If the clock is running low, swoop in and help out!
- Cooperate as well. Make your children feel like it is not only their task to do but also a team effort. You can encourage them by doing it yourself. If you want them to eat their food, show them that you are eating and that you love the food yourself. This doesn’t always work on new food – but over time, they’ll soften when they see you loving it.
- Use pleasant and simple language. Remember, toddlers are toddlers not teenagers. Rather than commanding them with “adult words”, you can try to be as sweet and pleasant as you can. This doesn’t mean talk down to them, but never intimidate them as this will instill fear and will only undo your efforts.
- Create options. Show them various alternatives to what they can do. This way, they will feel like they are in command and it was their choice to cooperate. But, be smart with your options in a way that will lead them to still do what needs to be done.
Be patient. It will take a while for your children to get the hang of everything or even just to respond to you. Be patient and never lose your temper. If you show them patience, they will feel your support and care.