DIS­TRAC­TION

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Active Toodlers -

YOU CHILD WANTS AN AP­PLE. YOU ONLY HAVE BA­NANAS. NOW HE’S GO­ING BA­NANAS. WHAT TO DO?

A Get a toy to ‘eat’ the ba­nana and see if your toddler wants to share some. B Text your mum beg­ging her to drop around some ap­ples ASAP. C Tell him snack time is over. He had his chance – now he can wait un­til lunch.

YOUR BEST OP­TION: A

Of­ten your toddler doesn’t know what he wants; he just wants the op­po­site of what’s avail­able. “He may be tired or hun­gry, so don’t can­cel snack time,” says Dr Lynda Shaw. “Dis­tract him by of­fer­ing a new choice, such as help­ing to peel a ba­nana for his favourite toy.” Avoid go­ing to the shop to buy ap­ples as this will start a re­la­tion­ship based on ma­nip­u­la­tion.

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