Toddler Challenges Behavior and discipline

Q: My daughter makes us late all the time because she wants to be independent. What can we do?
A: “I do it” is your toddler’s way of telling you she is ready to be more independent. She’s experiencing a drive to use her growing dexterity and coordination to practice new skills and to keep trying until she has something mastered. This is worth fostering, since her enthusiasm to learn and try new things will be an advantage throughout her life.

On an everyday basis, the delays caused by her practice sessions can be frustrating, and you may be tempted to take over. However, this may take even more time, since you’ll have to battle her for control. Instead, try some practical remedies, such as leaving ...

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