Are you all at seas not knowing how to look after your toddler?
It is very exciting to enter their tiny word of mischief’s and naughtiness. But it is very physically draining also as you have to be on your toes 24\7 to look after them.
Toddlers are angelic and mischievous. You need tons of stamina to look after them.
They are so innocent, aren’t they?
But you would be surprised to know they are also very intelligent than you.
That is 100 % intelligence, isn’t it?
Do you also think they are too young to know about anything?
You are wrong.
Toddlers cannot speak but they can think more smartly than you.
You never understand people because your mind is clouded with bias and prejudice – something which your toddler doesn’t have.
You must have lots of patience and imagination to look after them.
Are you wondering what imagination has got to do with looking after your toddler?
You have to imagine yourself at their age and mind to win over their trust.
Become a toddler to look after them.
Top 5 ways to look after your toddler – imagine yourself at his age
1. Be your toddler’s best play mate
Do you spread toys around your toddler and think he would enjoy his time?
Very wrong assumption.
He wants you to play along with him.
Does he have a toy dog?
Bark like a dog. He understands the sound a dog makes.
Does he have a toy elephant?
Walk on four legs. He understands that animals walk on four legs.
Play hide and seek with him.
Take him in your lap and teach him basic actions like yawning, closing eyes and even winking. He enjoy it by aping it his own innocent way.
My granddaughter enjoys thoroughly when I play peekaboo with her. Her gurgling laughter when she finds me is sweet honey to me.
2. Take him out
Never keep your toddler confined to the house. He will learn nothing.
You will be amazed to see how observant he is when you take him out.
He sees cars.
He sees people.
He hears various sounds.
His widened eyes shows how much he is feeding everything he sees into his tiny little brain. Slowly his world expands.
3. Appreciate more and more
Do you know your toddler wants appreciation?
Clap your hands at his first step.
Hug him when your toddler has his food without making a mess.
See his widening smile.
Your toddler understands that he is appreciated.
More and more appreciation from you makes him try out more and more things you teach him.
4. Utter more and more endearments.
Your toddler adores it when you call him by endearments.
Never think your toddler cannot make it out.
He makes it out very emphatically.
He knows that you are caring when you use endearments.
Call him by his pet name in his ears.
He gurgles with laughter.
5. More and more physical gestures of love
Do you give a cursory kiss and hug to your toddler and go about your work?
He feels deprived and unloved.
Hug him often.
Kiss him often. Don’t kiss in the face as it might lead to infection. Kiss him in the head or legs.
It instantly sends out the message that you adore him.
Makes him feel emotionally secure.
This feeling is very important for your toddler to develop good and assertive characteristics.
Yet another small tip. But use it very rarely.
Raise your voice a wee bit when he does something which might hurt him.
You must make him understand when he is making a mistake. But hug him immediately to show your anger is for his own good and you love him as always.
My granddaughter is very mischievous.
When she puts her hands inside the dustbin I slightly raise my voice. She immediately understands that it is not right to meddle with the dustbin.
So your toddler is like a clay waiting for you to mold him. Never treat him like a doll -without intelligence and expectations. Treat him as your treasure – he indeed is.