Help your tod­dler un­der­stand his emo­tions

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Tod­dlers can ex­pe­ri­ence high-level, gnaw­ing pangs of jeal­ousy, and it’s usu­ally in con­nec­tion with one thing: you. “If a tod­dler feels that he’s miss­ing out on time with his par­ents, or his sib­ling is get­ting more of that time, he can be­come jeal­ous,” says Mar­got. “And that leaves a feel­ing of empti­ness.” So, while it’s not easy for you to see your tod­dler act­ing on this emo­tion, re­mem­ber that his be­hav­iour is prompted by a feel­ing of empti­ness. And the best way to help your lit­tle one is to fill that hole. “Cre­ate spe­cial, ringfenced time with him ev­ery day,” says Mar­got, ‘when you are fully fo­cused on him. Talk, play games, hug and let him take the lead.” Some young­sters will with­draw when they feel jeal­ous. “Don’t dis­miss this as your child sulk­ing,” says Mar­got. “Find a way to let him lead your in­ter­ac­tion. So, if he’s un­der the ta­ble, put a cud­dly toy near him and say, ‘Will you let me know if you are OK un­der the ta­ble or if you want a hug? I’ll come back in a minute. If you put the cud­dly bear on the chair, I’ll know you want a hug.’”

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