Becoming a grandmother has me dealing with usually two or three toddlers at a time (possibly four). I would have more babies to watch but they aren’t out of diapers yet (P.S. I am used to the kind of diapers with pins in them).
- When toddlers ask for something, don’t get started finding it or making it immediately because within five to ten or at the most fifteen minutes they will have asked for two or three more things and have forgotten the first thing. It is wasted effort if you do the first thing first.
- Toddlers often don’t lie. They just have great imaginations except when tattling and then it is not lying, it is blaming someone else before they get blamed for doing it his or herself.
- Toddlers sense of time is not like ours, a couple of minutes can seem like an hour when made to stand in the corner (or sit in a chair) because they repeatedly disobeyed a command and/or they are having a full blown temper tantrum or hissie fit. (Don’t worry they will have forgotten about it long before you do.)
- If you don’t want toddlers to share a certain toy, put it up. They usually feel possession is 9/10ths of the law and won’t give it back to the owner that easily.
- Remember toddlers deserve and consciously or unconsciously desire unconditional love. A toddler doesn’t understand when you withdraw your love because of a misdemeanor and continue it even after the discipline is finished. This doesn’t teach the toddler a lesson, this just tells him or her that you don’t love him or her now.