Let me introduce to you Megan Anderson who is sharing an article on disciplining children and getting your children to nap. The holidays are approaching I thought this was a good time to introduce this topic. We all know how this time of year can get a little crazy and this is a great resource for parents looking for guidance.
We all know by now that toddlers have a mind of their own. As parents we try our best to guide them and give them the best upbringing we can. The problem is, most toddlers don’t listen to us very well. They are independent and they want to do what they want, when they want.
Most parents will face many of the same challenges as they navigate through the different phases of parenthood.
These challenges include, getting your toddler to listen, disciplining them and getting them to take naps and actually stay in their bed.
Do those sound like familiar struggles?
if so, read on for some easy solutions.
It is so difficult to discipline our toddlers as it is. Then add it that they don’t always listen to u. It can be so challenging and so frustrating at times.
So how do we discipline them when they don’t listen at all?
What can we do as parents to discipline them and get them to listen the first time?
Here are a few tricks you can use to get them to listen when you are disciplining your tot.
1.Remove distractions and wait for your child's full attention. Ask them to stop play for a few minutes so you can talk.
Have eye contact and put your hand on their shoulder and get down to their level
2. Tell. Avoid saying "do you want to go get your bath now"? Try saying "it's time for your bath now".
One step at a time- small kids have a hard time when you say too many things at one time. Pick up your toys, throw your applesauce container away, put your crayons away etc"
That's too much for them to handle.
Tell them one thing and then when they complete that step, then tell them the next thing.
3. Have your child repeat back what you told them to do
This ensures clear communication and helps your child understand what is expected.
4. Good behavior
When your child is listening well and doing things right, then verbally say "great job with that"
A surprise reward goes a long way at times too.
If your child is not complying with what you say then they need a warning statement, "if you don't head up the steps to get your bath, then you will not be able to get on your iPad".
That works wonders for my own toddler.
After you practice this a few times and follow through with your consequences, they will be more prone to listen the first time because they know you mean business.
These are great steps you can take to getting your little angel to listen a little better. But onto the other topics of the struggles of parenthood.
How do you get them to take a nap?
How do you get them to actually stay in their bed?
Kids need sleep in order to feel rested and not be as grumpy. Sleep helps aid their development because your body needs rest in order to function at full capacity.
We know our kid needs a nap, and needs sleep, but it’s not that easy.
How do you get them down for their nap?
Here are some tips that you can use to get them to take a nap.
Close the blinds in their room, turn on the white noise machine, tuck them in with their lovies such as a stuffed animal or blanket.
Lower the volume on the electronics and keep games and anything stimulating to a minimum.
Make any verbal conversations soft and quiet.
You could also give them a massage before you go into their bedroom and transition them after they get cozy in your lap.
Those are some helpful tips to get your toddler to nap. Hopefully your child will get relaxed enough to drift off to sleep.
The next question is, how do you get them to stay in their own bed once they are asleep?
You are tired, you finally get your little one down for a nap or nighttime, and they just keep getting out of their bed. REPEATEDLY. You are about to lose your cool.
Here are some strategies you can use to get them to stay in their bed, and everyone in the house can sleep again!
You can try telling your child that if they stay in their bed all night, then they can leave their bedroom door open. If they get out of bed, then they will have to have their door closed. This does not eliminate the 1000 walks. You still may have to walk them back to bed a few times but eventually it could work.
No matter which method you choose, you will have to be repetitive. Showing consistency is what will make any method work. Just explain to your child that they cannot get out of bed and walk around because they could get hurt. Gently take their hand and walk them back to bed each time. Do not yell and do not show emotions. Just tell them it's bedtime. If they really need, you tell them to call Mommy. Showing consistency each time they get out, is going to be the magic trci for any stay in bed method. Just be patient and allow it to work.
Having a toddler and raising children in general is no easy task. A lot of life experiences with kids are going to be trial and error and see what works for your household.
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Hopefully you learned some tricks you can use to get your child to listen, to nap better for you and to stay in their bed.
Just keep showing consistency and everything will work out with any difficult behavior.
To find out more about Megan check out https://www.momfidencestartshere.com
Hi, I'm Marcie Kenny, the women behind this blog. I am not a mother, but I am number seven in a family of nine. I worked in childcare for many years before retiring; now I enjoy blogging about all that I have learned along the way.