Are you wondering how to keep your toddler happy during lockdown? Here are some tips on doing just this.
They Get The Chance To Express Their Feelings
Dutch parenting is something that has been widely used as an optimal parenting model for those seeking to raise happy toddlers and kids. One of the secrets of this parenting style is allowing kids to express their opinions freely. That way, they can learn how to identify and healthily express their emotions. It also helps them learn how to effectively speak up for themselves, negotiate to get things, and to solve problems without having to worry about being punished for it.
To help assist your toddler to learn how to effectively identify their emotions, you should look to practice guessing how different characters in books or shows are feeling. Try to make puppets that they can use to identify different emotions and have them use them throughout the day to identify the feelings properly. It’s never too early to start and the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation recommends doing it as early as possible.
They Have Parents Reading To Them
No matter who it is, you want to have someone reading to the kids. You want your toddler to hear stories being read to them aloud. Even if it’s a short story that only spans 10 to 15 minutes. Having books and stories read to your kids can help them tremendously. Some studies show that parents end up stopping reading to their kids before they actively wanting them to. Because of this, you should buck this trend by continuing to read to your kids for as long as possible. You also want to get them engaged and involved with picking out the different stories and books. Books are great gifts for toddlers, read more in Little One Mag. Try to talk to them about the stories and turn going to the library into an activity that is fun and exciting.
They Give To Others
Believe it or not, but a study conducted in 2012 showed that toddlers who were engaged in the act of giving were much happier than their counterparts who didn’t. Therefore, you should allow your children to give things to others in need whether it’s toys they aren’t playing with anymore or giving food to the homeless.
They Get Adequate Sleep
It is recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that toddlers ages 1 to 2 get as much as 11 to 14 hours of sleep every day. This can include naps. While it may seem like a lot, kids need to get this much sleep because it can make them much happier. Not only will it make your kids happier, but having a less grouchy kid can make the parents just as happy!
They Have A Bedtime Routine
Having a bedtime routine can make for a very happy toddler. Whether it’s a special blanket or the act of rocking the chair, you want to have a consistent routine that the toddler can rely on. Studies have shown that kids with a consistent bedtime routine are much happier than those who don’t.
They Get Outside and Play
You should be encouraging your kid(s) to get outside and play. Studies have shown that kids who go outside and get sunshine and play are much happier. This can yield both happiness and greater chances of success much later in life. Even brief moments of fresh air can help elevate their mood and make them much more pleasant to be around.