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Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Active Toodlers -

YOUR TODDLER HAS JUST EMP­TIED YOUR HAND­BAG FOR THE FIFTH TIME. DO YOU… A Yell ‘stop do­ing that right now!’ be­fore sob­bing into your latte. B Re­lax and ac­cept that yet an­other lip gloss has rolled un­der the fridge. C Take a deep breath, get down on his level and ex­plain that he can play with his own toys, but if he does this, Mummy finds it dif­fi­cult to find her things.

YOUR BEST OP­TION: C

“You could find your­self do­ing all of the above, but your toddler is cu­ri­ous, and he learns about cause and ef­fect through your re­ac­tions,” says clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Dr Fin Wil­liams. “Get­ting an­noyed is point­less but ig­nor­ing it means he won’t learn bound­aries.” So, ex­plain why he can’t play with Mummy’s things, then take the hand­bag away. In­stead, cre­ate a bag that he can play with, filled with toys.

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