Three year old children may be small, but they can pack big attitudes. Parents are often at their wits end and are at a loss as to what to do next to control their child’s disruptive behavior. Time-outs and spanking only seem to get so far but the source of the so called bad behavior remains, resulting in more time-outs and spankings.
Kids of this age act on impulse and are really not trying to anger their parents. A parent may need to take a step back and look at their communication with the toddler. Are the directions simple enough for the child to understand? Also, keep in mind, their memories are not the same as adults. They will most likely need reminders, sometimes daily. Stay calm, and gently remind the child of the rule or direction you have issued. Ask the child to repeat the directions you have given to make sure they understand.
Temper tantrums are a normal part of childhood. Parents are often so embarrassed or frustrated, they will give into the child’s demands to get some peace and quiet. Unfortunately, that short-lived peace is just that, brief. If the child learns that their tantrums work, they will resort to them to get what they want every time you say no.
One of the most important things a parent can do at this stage of development, is to remain consistent. Do not give in! Stay firm in your original decisions and do not let them sway you with their beautiful smiles, or begging or bargaining techniques. Remember you are providing for all their needs, you do love them, but your rules are set for their own good.
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