Two Doesn't Have to Be Terrible! 5 Tips for Raising a Toddler

5 tips for raising a toddler5 tips for raising a toddlerOur sweet little babies grow before our very eyes. Before we know it, we have a little toddler on our hands! It seems to happen in a blink of an eye. And although we've all heard stories about the "terrible twos" and infamous toddler tantrums, raising a toddler really doesn't have to be that bad!

A dear friend of mine (and fellow toddler-wrangler!) gave me some great little tips that work really great with the toddler age. Of course, when it comes to advice, you should take everything with a grain of salt -- the best thing is to figure out what works for you and your family and your little one! But in case the toddler years have you worried, here are 5 tried-and-true tips for easy sailing with your toddler!

1. One-on-one time
Try to give your toddler 5-10 minutes of just one on one time with you each day. This is so tough when you have lots of little ones but if you snag five minutes to read a book just you and one of them, it will mean so much.

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2. Ask your toddler to help you with tasks
They love this. They love little roles and jobs that make them feel big and important. It's also a great way to take ten minutes to clean the kitchen for the afternoon but also involving them. Even if it takes a bit longer or isn't done perfectly, this will help build their little confidence and get them involved in household chores from a young age (trust me, you'll thank yourself for this later!).

3. Practice areas that they struggle in
Whatever the task, practice (and letting them know it's okay to fail) is the best way to improve. If your little one struggles with running off when you drop their hand, then practice in the safety of your backyard. Practice helps!

4. Give yourself Grace
Us mamas, us parents- we need to give ourselves grace! Take a step back, think about all that you do and all that your kids have to be grateful for, and give yourself a big pat on the back (and maybe a night off once in awhile)!

5. Have fun
Compliment them constantly. Be positive. Shower them with Love. Be silly & have fun!

- By Casey Wiegand
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