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Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Active Toodlers -

YOUR LIT­TLE AN­GEL IS PUSH­ING CHIL­DREN OUT OF THE CUBBY HOUSE IN THE PLAY­GROUND AND SHRIEKING IF THEY COME BACK IN. WHAT’S YOUR RE­SPONSE? A Roll your eyes at tut­ting par­ents and say, ‘Tod­dlers, eh?’. B Calmly re­move him from the cubby house for five min­utes of time out. C Run across the play­ground shout­ing at him to stop.

YOUR BEST OP­TION: B

“Tod­dlers are all about ‘what I want now’, says early child­hood con­sul­tant Sabine Hook. “Ex­plain to him that in this place we share, and the toys be­long to every­body.” Give him time out but if he con­tin­ues act­ing out, take him home. “Ig­nor­ing things isn’t help­ful if he’s hurt­ing chil­dren.”

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