PARENTING: Mum shares the secret to getting your toddler to listen to you

PARENTING: Mum shares the secret to getting your toddler to listen to you

And here you thought that it was just you going through it...

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We cannot say with confidence that our kids have always been good listeners. But then again, which parent can say that?

If you are one of those parents, then we assume that your kids are unusually obedient, or you have a secret weapon we would be willing to hear about. 

This mother who is also a toddler expert has made a big claim and we are eager to try her advice out. 

She says that she knows how to get your toddler to listen to you the first time. Yes, we agree, big promise, but let's give it a try. 

Her page is called Big Little Feelings and she helps parents with advice on how to parent your children more effectively and to consider what the kids are feeling. 

As parents we are notoriously known for not meaning what we say. If you're honest with yourself and think back to the last time you asked your child to stop doing something, was it followed up with an ultimatum?

The thing with ultimatums is that if you don't follow through with them then your child knows that you don't mean it. 

The trick is saying what you mean and meaning what you say. 

We have to agree that 9 out of 10 times we are guilty of talking out of tiredness and frustration. Which in line means that we don't follow through with what we say to the kids. 

But perhaps trying this method out will not only help our kids listen, but also help us learn how to parent patiently. 

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This is how she advises we practice this in our own families. 

"Hold firm, calm, consistent, confident, swift boundaries the first time, every time. 💯 This sounds like: “When you splash in the tub, it tells me you’re all done. It looks like you're having a hard time. I'm taking you out. It's ok to be sad about that." (TikTok)

Do you think that you could do this in your home? Try it out and let us know whether you see a difference in their behaviour. 

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