Having a toddler around is like having a mini teenager in the house. Every response is a “NO,” plus the attitude, plus the tantrums, plus the inability to listen. It’s chaos. I call my toddler my little “a-hole”. When I was a teenager, I’m sure my mom called me that often. Could this be karma?
Good news is, this phase won’t last long. Bad news is, it’ll be back again pre-teen years, teen years, and pre-tween years. YAY!!!
My husband and I developed a simple listening chart to at least help with the lack-of-listening in the toddler phase. Check it out below. You can print it and put it up on your fridge for your kid to see. It showcases every time a child listens (you can use stickers for this), and what prizes they’ll receive if they listen “x” amount of times.
Do you have your own methods? Would love to hear them.
NOTE – You can determine what your prizes are along with the frequency of listening – it’s up to you. I just gave examples. The examples listed are what we’ve used on our kid. The idea isn’t to give them expensive gifts when they listen. You do not want to always associate good behavior with prizes in general. It’s simply to show them that you do appreciate them listening and are acknowledging their good behavior.