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    It's best to deal with a grocery store meltdown by:

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    Meltdowns happen with all toddlers. When one starts, take a deep breath to calm yourself. Then, look her in the eyes, quietly acknowledge her feelings, and tell her what you expect her to do: “I know you're mad. But I need you to stop crying.” Stand your ground. When you cave to a tantrum, you teach your child that it's a good way to get what she wants. If she can't get self-control, you may have to leave the store and come back later.

     

    Do your best to plan for smoother shopping trips, too. Go right after nap time and after your child's had a healthy snack.

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    To calm your antsy child in the doctor's waiting room, it's best to:

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    To calm your antsy child in the doctor's waiting room, it's best to:

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    When you dole out snacks to calm your child, you teach him that eating is an OK way to fight boredom. This association can stick with him for life. Instead, try entertaining him with books or toys to prevent a tantrum.

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    Soothe a child who keeps getting out of bed by:

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    Soothe a child who keeps getting out of bed by:

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    A sippy cup of water by your child's bed is OK, but not milk or juice. Sugars in these drinks can pool around his teeth and cause cavities.

     

    What your toddler really needs to help him settle in for sleep is a soothing bedtime rituallike the 4 Bs: Bath, Brush (teeth), Book, and Bed. If he gets up after lights out, calmly walk him back to his room and tuck him in. Don't lecture or talk on the way -- that only reinforces his behavior. You might have to do this multiple times. Keep at it, and eventually it will stick.

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    Nap time was supposed to start a long time ago, but there are more errands to run:

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    Nap time was supposed to start a long time ago, but there are more errands to run:

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    Exhaustion is one of the main reasons that toddlers throw tantrums. Overstimulation is another. So it's not a good idea to thrust a worn-out kid into a bright, noisy environment to check off the last few items on your to-do list. You'll both be better off -- and less stressed -- if you keep to a naptime schedule and finish your errands later when your kid is well-rested and happy.

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    When your child seems more clingy than usual:

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    Keep in mind that most toddlers need just minutes -- not hours -- of your undivided time. They have a pattern of playing by themselves, showing you what they're up to, and then playing again. Studies show that toddlers check in with their parents about seven times an hour. That may sound like a lot, but they typically only want 30 to 60 seconds of your time. Talk and play for a while with your child, and then let her go back to doing her own thing.

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    Your child is sad because his brother is away on a play date: 

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    Your child is sad because his brother is away on a play date: 

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    Playing with your child is much better for his mental and physical development than trying to fix his feelings with TV. It's OK to watch a show or a movie with him sometimes, but experts say parents shouldn't rely on screens to soothe kids. Instead, plan a trip to the park or build a blanket fort in the living room. You'll help him feel better and encourage him to be active, not sedentary.

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    Encourage your child to use the potty by:

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    Sweets may work to motivate your child, but rewarding her with food or toys can backfire. She'll start to think that being good equals getting goodies.

     

    Toddlers respond equally well to words of praise (“Yay! What a big girl you are!”) and social rewards (“You haven't had an accident all day, so we're going to the park!”). Words and actions like these will have a bigger effect on her behavior and self-esteem in the long run than a handful of treats.

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    Distract a child from the pain of getting shots with:

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    Distract a child from the pain of getting shots with:

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    Juice may seem like a good option. But research shows that distraction -- singing, talking, telling a joke, or having a child look at an interesting object -- works well, too. Plus, he won't come to rely on the taste of sugar to calm down.

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    Toddler whisperer! Sounds like you tame your child's tantrums and other challenging times with grace. Congrats! You are setting your toddler up for healthy lifetime habits.

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    You're a realist with room to grow. There are going to be moments when you have to take the path of least resistance. The great news is that you seem to know the healthier thing to do in most cases. Just remember the next time a meltdown happens -- take a deep breath and think about the choices you can make.

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    Keeping a toddler happy and healthy is challenging! While it hasn't always been easy, you have options. Try using new info you gained from this quiz. If you feel stuck, try talking with your child's pediatrician. She may offer other solutions or insights.

Sources | Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on May 16, 2018 Medically Reviewed on May 16, 2018

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Michele Borba, educational psychologist and author of The Big book of Parenting Solutions .

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Pagani, L. Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, May 2010.                                                                                      

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Satter, E. Your Child's Weight: Helping Without Harming , Kelcy Press, 2005.

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