At 18 months, your toddler should be moving around very well, perhaps even running. The stairs suddenly seem like the most fascinating part of the house. Make sure that they are blocked off with gates.
You may notice that your eighteen-month-old appears frustrated more often than in previous months. Children at this age aspire to do everything that they see others do. When their aspirations sometimes fall short, they get frustrated and upset. You may even witness a tantrum. They may have a tantrum. Because they are still infants, they can do it up big. They may cry hysterically, kick, bite, break toys, even try to hurt those they love.
What can you do for your child? First, show that you understand. Be patient. Discipline lightly. Love rather than get angry. Do not “slug it out face to face.” Back off. Retreat when necessary. Swallow your pride if your toddler lies down in the revolving door of the department store; give up your shopping trip and try another day.
Do not let your child hurt himself, you or others! Change the subject and direction. Talk to your child a lot. Answer your child’s questions. Read a lot to your toddler. Sing songs. Laugh. If you allow time for it to happen, your child will often rapidly shift with you and quickly forget the frustrating moment.
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