6 things not to say to toddlers
Be aware of the things you tell your toddler and you may want to cut out these from your vocab.
‘You're bad/naughty’. Those terrible twos can drive you up the wall sometimes, but avoid labelling your child. According to Ninemsn parents should show disapproval of the behaviour and not of the child.
‘Don’t cry’. Toddlers often communicate their anger and frustrations by crying. According to ParenThots parents need to comfort their crying child by being supportive and understanding rather than being condescending.
‘Share your toys with your friend’. Toddlers understand ownership much better than sharing. So instead of letting your toddler give her toys away, ParenThots suggests that you let them play with it together.
‘Don’t be scared’. Whether it’s going to the doctor or to the daycare, parents tend to think that they’re being reassuring. However according to Ninemsn, parents should pay attention and deal with their children’s fears.
‘You can’t have without asking first. Say “please”’. Social graces shouldn’t be forced on kids as they will learn this as they grow older. Toddlers do better with positive statements such as “Smile and say “May I?” According to ParenThots.
‘Give Auntie a kiss’. We want kids to show affection to friends and loved ones, but children shouldn’t be told who to kiss. According to Ninemsn parents should allow them to choose who they want to show affection to.