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How to set rules and limits for 2-year-olds

How to set rules and limits for 2-year-olds



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The two years... the terrible two years! We've all been through that, even if we don't remember. It is that age when the baby stops being a baby, but does not want to or knows how to do it. Suddenly he discovers that he can say No and that he can try to get away with a tantrum ... although he does not always succeed, and a feeling of frustration and anger takes over him.

This age, psychologists say, is similar to that of pre-adolescence, a stage in which the child says goodbye without returning to childhood. A complex and demanding stage of maturation. But let's not lose our nerve. Here are some great tips on how to set rules and limits for 2-year-olds...

Imagine that you are 2 years old again. Try to get into the skin of your son. You have just discovered the world. He can run, do pirouettes ... but the world is wide, it is more than wide ... it is huge! And fear appears. Fear of not knowing which way to go. Fear of losing the security you had as a baby. Fear of failure. Fear of having to do everything by himself: eat, dress ...

If at this stage the parents are not able to show him the limits, that path that he has to travel to mature, the child will feel lost, totally disoriented. Hence the importance of set rules and limits for 2-year-olds, since it offers them security. But ... how to do it?

1. Offer her tasks where she feels 'older'. For example, don't feed him ... let him do it. And little by little, let him dress alone too. As you gain autonomy, you will feel more self-confident.

2. Check off the tasks you can't do yet. At the same time that you let him do tasks that are an achievement for him, explain which ones he cannot do yet: ironing, going shopping alone ... This way he will be clear that there are things he can do and others not. However, you can add that he will be able to do it very soon.

3. Never yell at or confront him with a tantrum. It is best when the child is suffocating on a whim, it is better to talk to him when he calms down. It is useless trying to stop a tornado with a nice word or a yell. Offer him when your love and understanding calms down but do not comply with his requests. You will understand that in life you cannot achieve everything by a fit of rage.

4. Use clear and direct rules, without detours. Faced with parents who prefer to 'invite' their children to do things ... at two years, the rules must be clear and firm: 'clean up your room'; 'It's bath time.' And no: 'how about you pick up the room ?; Would you like to take a bath now? ... No! Use imperatives, but in a loving way, without yelling or threatening tone, but firm. Of course, you can anticipate what you will have to do, so that the change does not catch you unexpectedly. For example: 'you have a little bit of play left and you pick up right away'.

5. Use No. Do it for him. The No, of course and without additional explanations. This is not done, this is.

6. Help him recognize his emotions. It is not easy for a young child to recognize that they are angry, sad, or afraid. Educate her emotional intelligence and explain why she feels that way.

7. Don't use the same weapons he uses. You are the adult. Do not yell at him or threaten him, because then he will not understand why you can do it and he cannot and you will only create confusion.

8. Don't make him feel guilty. Yes, he has a tantrum ... is it that bad? He is still learning to manage his anger and frustration. He is not guilty, nor is anyone. It's a maturing process, so don't ever say things like 'you're very bad' or 'you'll never learn'.

9. Use positive words. Instead of talking about how 'messy' the room is, talk about 'how nice it would be tidy'. Remember, always positive.

10. Routine gives you security. Yes, even if it seems unimportant, imposing certain schedules and routines help to impose limits and rules in your life and make you feel more secure.

With two years, a child begins to form his autonomy, also emotional. If the parents impose the correct rules and limits, while offering them affection and promoting their self-esteem and confidence, they will ensure that during this stage they learn all these things:

- That you won't always be able to get away with it. This will be very useful for the future. You will learn to overcome frustration. You will understand that in life you are not alone and that you are not allowing everything. There are rules that must be met.

- That a fall or failure does not mean the end. You will learn to be persistent, to strive. You will learn to try things over and over again until you succeed. And you will conclude that success is ultimately achieved with dedication and effort.

- Changes can make you stronger. A change does not have to be negative. It can help you grow and mature. Children with 2 years will learn that from this change they will come out stronger, since they will be more independent and autonomous despite the sacrifice that it initially implies for them.

- To respect others. Limits and norms are not only imposed for the child's own good, but for the common good. Many are focused on the respect of parents, the elderly and all the people around the child.

- That they are not the center of the universe. A 2-year-old baby thinks everyone is at his service. However, this changes abruptly. You will have to understand that it is not only the 'I'.

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