Emotional roller coaster?During the toddler years, children begin to figure out how things work. They want to be independent, yet they struggle with their own abilities. It's normal for toddlers to have emotional highs and lows.
Feelings matterTake time to listen to your toddler's feelings. Help put labels to feelings ("You're smiling, you look happy!") and articulate what types of situations might be sources of uneasiness ("Did it make you sad when he didn't share his toy?"). Ask questions, and don't be afraid to share your feelings. Use these teachable moments to make link...
Tame tempter tantrumsNo one's comfortable when a young child has a meltdown, but tantrums ARE normal. Be firm and stay calm. To help prevent future outbursts, give a "heads up" when it's time to leave the park, keep healthy snacks available and minimize errands when your child is tired. To redirect a brewing tantrum, play a game or ask questions.
Raise a good toddler citizenTaking care of the local community is an important part of citizenship. It is never too early to volunteer with your child. Think about activities you can do together to help keep your neighborhood clean and safe. Toddlers can help plant flowers and collect donations for community projects.