SISTER Ann Richardson regularly speaks in Port Elizabeth on parenting, and has tips to share on how to stop your toddler crying.
The best-selling author of Baby Sense and Toddler Sense offers practical guidance to parents stressed by the distress of their toddlers. "Sometimes toddler crying can be prevented, as their pouts are often predictable,” she says, and offers three ways to avoid those heartbreaking sobs:
If your child always cries while you are in the car driving, take his favourite toy along to keep him distracted for the duration of the trip.
If he tears up when you deny him access to your handbag or jewellery, move it out of his sight and out of his reach; ý Routines are very important. Toddlers usually thrive when they are on a regular schedule, so it is very important to establish routines for your child.
Children feel safe and in control when they know what is going to happen next in their day.
Your toddler will be less likely to react emotionally if he knows what to expect; and