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Here’s an excerpt from “Help! My Toddler Came Without Instructions!”
Chapter One: TODDLERS GONE WILD!
Negative Behavior and Discipline
Your toddler is happily playing with blocks with her big sister and wham… she decides to throw a block at her. You tell her to stop, but to no avail, another block goes hurling across the room and hits big sister right in the head, ouch!
The grand test of parenting is how well you handle your temper when your toddler just won’t listen. Your personal reserve of inner discipline is your grand test. Limits are limits and you know what is dangerous and what is not. It is your job as a parent to teach your toddler about acceptable behavior. Being able to calmly say “no” for the twentieth time is a challenge for any parent. Consistency is the key. “No” means “NO whether it is the first time or the hundretdth time.
The following tips should help to keep the peace:
Talk to your mate about discipline during the baby years. Make sure you are both on the same page. There is nothing more confusing to a toddler than inconsistency. Toddlers are very smart and will quickly learn who the easy one is!
If your mate uses a method you don’t agree with, go into a another room to discuss it; never in front of your toddler. And don’t interfere and take your toddler out of time-out if daddy has just put her in there. Undermining your mate does not make for a good role model.
Routine, Routine, Routine! Having a consistent daily routine will make things easier all around. Your toddler will know what’s coming next and be prepared.
Use a kitchen timer to give a ten-minute warning when a transition is about to happen. Let your toddler help set the timer and give her some control. Watching her complete a task by the time the bell rings and seeing her eyes light up is the perfect reward.
Here’s an excerpt from “Help! My Baby Came Without Instructions!”
Chapter One: TURNING OFF THOSE TEARS
Babies cry for lots of reasons. They cry when they’re tired, hungry, too hot, too cold, over-stimulated, not stimulated enough, wet, soiled, or sometimes just for no reason at all. What makes it difficult, especially if you’re new at parenting, is that they can’t tell you. If they are tired, they don’t act sleepy; they act cranky. If they are wet, they don’t point to their diaper; they act cranky. The following tips may help your cranky, crying baby feel better.
- Put a receiving blanket into the dryer for a few minutes to get it nice and warm. Swaddle the baby and lay her down in the crib on her side so her back is touching the crib or use a wedge (see Glossary) or a rolled-up receiving blanket. (Note: While babies do come in two genders, my usage of “her” and “she” throughout this book is merely for simplicity.) Babies are accustomed to close quarters and feel secure when they are in small spaces.
- Put the baby into a swing. Get a receiving blanket (again, you may want to warm it up in the dryer first) and pull it up between the baby’s cheek and hand so she can touch it and feel the soft fuzziness next to her cheek. This is very comforting. You may want to put another rolled-up receiving blanket against her ear to hold it in place.
- Put the baby into the Exersaucer (see Glossary ) and show her all the fun toys mounted on the tray. If she is almost sitting up by herself, she is old enough to play in this type of toy. You may want to put a rolled up receiving blanket behind her back for more support, especially when she is first starting to play in this toy.
- Place the baby on her tummy lengthwise on your knees. Gently rock your legs while rubbing her back or patting her bottom.
- Gently stroke the baby’s forehead and cheeks with your fingertips as though they were feathers. . .
[ IN THIS CHAPTER, YOU'LL ALSO FIND 26 OTHER TECHNIQUES TO STOP BABY'S CRYING]