Advice on coping with trying toddler behaviour
Deciding they don’t want to dress themselves is a very common ‘I won’t’ moment in toddlerhood, and can be down to your little one wanting to be fussed over, or even wanting a cuddle.
“Don’t lock horns over this, as it’s really not worth a battle,” says Judy. “Be strong and ask her to come and show you when she’s dressed and ready to go.” It’s OK to give her a bit of an incentive to do it too, as making it in her interests to sort herself out will get her to dress faster and without a fuss.
“Offer a small reward when you ask her to get dressed, so she can see she’ll be getting your attention at the end, rather than during the dressing,” says Judy. When she’s done, give her a big hug so she can see she’s got your attention through doing what she was asked and not playing up.
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