Working on Self-control

It’s still pretty hard for your toddler to control herself when she knows there are toys in the other room, mischief to get into, etc. Kids don’t develop this type of self-control until somewhere between ages 3 and 4.

Still, there are ways that you can help the process along. Be realistic with the goals you’re setting for your toddler. Part of what your child is going through at this age involves brain development that just isn’t there yet.

Try some of these methods to keep your child’s emotions “in check,” while also reminding yourself that he or she still has some emotional growth to do:

  • Play games with her that require self-control or patience.
  • Make a plan for how you and he are going to manage difficult situations (such as finding a quiet place to calm down).
  • Practice saying “yes” more and “no” less, a strategy that may require some routine changes on your part.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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