How to Have a Happy Toddler
My daughter is now 2-years-old. She gets super fussy about almost every single thing. She is frustrated and I am frustrated which doesn’t make for a good time. So I have been looking for ways on how she can be happier and here’s what I have found. Maybe this can help your toddler as well.
Give Them Independence
Sometimes as mothers, we want to do just about everything for our babies but as they get into that toddler stage it helps if they do little things on their own. Small chores are a good idea for this.
Here are some ideas that my daughter does for a little independence:
- Taking clothes out of the dryer(Make sure clothes are cooled down)
- Helping me put spoons and forks in the dishwasher
- Cleaning up her room/ picking up toys
- Brushing her teeth
- Giving her choices ( Ex. Do you want blueberries or strawberries?)
- Throwing away trash in the trash can
Just little things like that can go a long way, which can help your child be happy. It gives them that confidence that they can do things on their own.
Setting the Example
This has been a bit hard for me because of my depression but I try really hard to show my baby girl how happy I am. She sees me smiling and it makes her want to smile. They really do copy everything you do and it’s important as mamas to set that example.
As we spend more with our children, we can sometimes tell when they are upset, sad or happy. Being able to read their emotions will help us on how to approach and figure out what the problem is. You don’t want to dismiss your child when she is upset about something. It only makes them even more frustrated than before. So be attentive and listen to what they need which comes to my next point…
Listen and Pay Attention to your Toddler
Try to figure out what they are trying to tell you. Listen to them if they want to show you something. Don’t be quick to ignore them especially if you are working on something that has your attention, like chores or checking your phone. Figure out what they want and address it. Let them know that they are more important than a minimal task.
They need that motherly love.
Don’t push your child away especially if they really need you. Don’t be so quick to get upset when they do something wrong.
Yes, they will drive you crazy but we have to remember that they are only a toddler and need that motherly love. Sometimes when my little girl has made a mistake or done something wrong, I try my best not to yell because that can be pretty scary for a 2-year-old.
Play with your Toddler Daily
Taking the time to play with your little one every day will show how much you enjoy being with them.
They are so many things you can do with your toddler:
- Pretend Play
- Go out to Walk
- Go to the Park
Give Them Snacks
Yes, toddlers do get hangry! Offer them food throughout the day. They may just be fussy because they didn’t get any snacks. I would be fussy too. Haha. My daughter loves to snack on blueberries which is her favorite fruit.
Set Reasonable Rules
This will help your toddler to understand what is okay and what is not okay. It helps give them a sense of security. But you have to make sure that you stick with the rules, enforce them because if you don’t then what would be the point. You will only be making your toddler confused and frustrated. Make sure they are also short and to the point so that they can understand better.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post! It honestly is really hard to keep a toddler happy but I hope these tips help your little one? Do you have any other tips on how to make a toddler happy? Share them in the comments below!