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Why toddlers can be hard work!

As a team of parents, we know how difficult (putting it nicely) toddlers can be! It goes without saying that of course we love them dearly, but some days it’s like trying to negotiate with a wild crocodile. So on the days we want to lock ourselves away in the bathroom when it all gets too much, its good to try to remember that young children, including toddlers, are still developing emotionally, socially, and cognitively, which is why they may engage in behaviors that can be frustrating or challenging for parents or caregivers. Here are a few reasons why toddlers can sometimes be perceived as, well, annoying!

  1. Exploration and curiosity: Toddlers are naturally curious about the world around them. They constantly explore and experiment, which can lead to behaviors that may seem disruptive or irritating. They may touch and grab things, open drawers, or climb on furniture, often without understanding the consequences or potential dangers.
  2. Limited communication skills: Toddlers are still developing their language abilities and may not have the vocabulary or communication skills to express their needs and wants clearly. This can lead to frustration, tantrums, and behaviors that may be perceived as annoying.
  3. Testing boundaries: Toddlers are learning about limits and testing boundaries as they develop a sense of independence. They may engage in behaviors like saying “no” frequently, refusing to comply with requests, or engaging in power struggles. While this behavior can be challenging, it is a normal part of their development.
  4. Seeking attention: Toddlers thrive on attention and interaction from their caregivers. If they feel ignored or neglected, they may resort to annoying behaviors as a way to gain attention, even if it’s negative attention.
  5. Energy and restlessness: Toddlers have a lot of energy and may require more physical activity and stimulation than adults. If they don’t get enough opportunities for play, exploration, or exercise, they may become restless and engage in annoying behaviors.
  6. Developmental milestones: Toddlers go through various developmental stages, such as teething or learning to walk, which can lead to discomfort or frustration. This can affect their mood and behavior, making them appear more annoying at times.

Understanding why our toddlers act like they do can help us approach them with a little more patience and understanding. By providing consistent guidance, setting clear boundaries, and offering age appropriate outlets for their energy and curiosity, you can help your toddler navigate these developmental stages more smoothly. And don’t forget seeking support from other parents, joining online or face-to-face parenting groups, or consulting with professionals can help provide you with additional support, strategies and insights. We’re a big fans of Dr Becky at Good Inside for her clear, bitesize guides to managing tricky behaviours.

Finally, don’t forget if your cup is half empty, the hard days can feel even harder! So try and carve regular time out for yourself. Even a short break can reset your energy levels and give you strength to carry on another day. We’re right with you!

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