Don't Expect Toddlers To Behave Consistently — They Literally Can't
One day, when my oldest daughter was not quite 2, she wouldn’t sit still to let me change her diaper. Squirrelly and writhing, she made a game out of staying half naked. She wasn’t fussing about it or anything — in fact, she was giggling maniacally. The problem was that we were running late. Nothing I did seemed to faze her. I tried distracting her with a toy. It was just once, and it was barely even hard enough to register. Once I gathered my wits, it dawned on me that I was punishing my daughter simply for being a goofy, growing, learning, experimenting almost-2-year-old. As soon as I accepted the fact that we were going to be late anyway, I pulled out my parenting toolbox and made getting her diaper and pants on into a silly game. It’s easy to forget that our little ones really are little, especially those first children who seem so big as they enter each new phase. It often seems like they know how to control themselves, though, right? I know parenting little ones is hard.
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