Children thrive when predictable routines and clear boundaries are established.
Make setting limits easier for everyone by taking the time to verbalize your tinybean’s feelings before enforcing rules.
This show of empathy will help your little one feel understood and make it easier for them to accept redirection.
A compassionate acknowledgment of, “Oh, I can see you’re enjoying painting your face with mashed potatoes…” will help make your tot more receptive when you go on to say, “But potatoes are for eating. If you’d like to paint, we can do that at the craft table.”