Children do many things that drive us up the wall. As they are growing they are learning about the world around them in their own way. Some of the annoying things they do can tire you out but do keep in mind there is small process of learning in there for them.
Let us look at some of the annoying things they do:
- Make a mess of the meal: Meal times can become very annoying when your toddler starts throwing food and splashing it around. Instead of rushing to clean up the mess, give it some time. Studies have actually found that toddlers who play with their food are more likely to remember the names of their food faster. They are able to identify and name their food better than their dignified counter parts.
- Read the same book again and again: Another version of this could be singing the same song again and again. Yes, it can get frustrating at times but go with the flow. By hearing the same words again and again, they develop their language skills and cement their vocabulary. Plus they derive great joy in knowing what comes next.
- Resist every suggestion of yours: Refuse to eat food, take a bath, and wear the clothes you suggest, the list is endless. Tiring as it may be for you, do remember that beyond this apparent defiance is a little person who is search of their identity. This resistance is merely your child asserting their independence and concept of self.
- Cling on to you: There is a park full of toddlers playing but they prefer to hang on to you. This can be embarrassing for you. Do understand that your child is doing this because they feel secure with you, which is a good thing. The tight grip is an indication of the fear that they feel. Take cue from it and try to address their fears and reassure them. It might make them less clingy next time.
- Temper tantrums: These happen anywhere. In the grocery store, at a friend’s house, at your house in front of guests. Your child is in the process of developing coping mechanisms for dealing with strong emotions. That does not mean that you give in to their tantrums. Understand what the tantrum was all about and try to address the issue constructively.
- Refuse to sit still: It can be very annoying to have to run behind your toddler for everything. Especially at night when they run in the direction opposite that of the bedroom. Take heart. Studies show that restless toddlers often grow up to be active adults who do not have weight management issues later.
- Dawdle: They behave like they have all the time in world when you are trying to rush through things to get them done on time. It can be frustrating but maybe we should take a cue or two here and slow down our lives.
Children can drive us nuts. But what drives us insane also helps them grow and develop. Besides, for the rest of the time they are adorable!