What is Normal Toddler Behavior?

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Toddler behavior can be very confusing. It is a very difficult subject to wrap your head around as almost all toddlers go through the stage known as the terrible twos. This is most certainly a time when they will keep you on your toes.

This phase is completely natural and has nothing to do with your child being bad. Your child will probably start to exhibit this more outgoing behavior sometime in his second year, but you can expect it any time after your baby turns one.

Testing Your Limits

Many toddlers have temper tantrums and mood changes on a regular basis. By the age of two, they are learning more about their emotions and how to use them. Many toddlers will become negative, and say no when you ask them to do something. Part of this is because they are copying what they hear, which is you as a parent saying ‘no’ all the time as they get into things.

This is also a time when your child is pushing the boundaries, seeing how far he can go. All children have to learn how far they can push you. Unless they test these limits there is no other way for them to find out.

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While you may be tempted to give into your child every time he throws a fit, this is a time when it is important that you be firm and consistent. You should set boundaries that are appropriate for your child’s age.

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  1. Avatar of LIZ says:

    let see how will go with the terrible twos i hope good

  2. Avatar of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Sleep time night has been a problem lately. :(

  3. Avatar of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    My son is too possessive of his toys and also try to explain to him that the toys are both for him and the baby.

  4. Avatar of Farias101 Farias101 says:

    OMG!! they love to hide everywhere and when you find them they get mad!!

  5. Avatar of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    My son is always on his toes exploring.I don’t take my nap again. If you touch any of his toys he will grab it from you. that is why the article on sharing is of great importance to me. he knows where to put his clothes. I simply love this article.

  6. Avatar of Anastacia113 Anastacia113 says:

    My son is going thru this stage right now :( THIS 2 SHALL PASS

  7. My children seemed more to be in a state of discovery, of their environment and of them in it.

  8. all 4 of my children have gone through this stage ill admit i got better at dealing with it over time as i learned more about what to do and what not to do its gotten easier with each child but they are all different

  9. Avatar of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    My son went through this stage at the age of 20 months. Until now that he’s going to turn 3. His tantrums are not as much worst as the other toddlers I see. When he is surrounded with other toddler same age as his, he tend to be timid. However, when he’s as home he is totally different. He amazes me how shy he is. I love him so much.

  10. Avatar of SeptemberR SeptemberR says:

    I did not have any problems with my 3 year old when he was in this phase, but now my daughter is going through this phase and its horrible. She gets frustrated so quickly and pitches a fit for atleast 15 minutes. Im just hoping she grows out of it fast and that when my 7mth old gets to this point that he does not act like this.

  11. Avatar of jody jody says:

    My son Joshua doesn’t seem to mind in part that most of the children he sees are older than him. Although it’s the other older children that don’t always like to share with him. It doesn’t seem to hurt his feelings but it always seems to hurt mommas :)

  12. Avatar of Lourdes Lourdes says:

    Im going through this. My daughter will be 2 in August and shes been on this stage since she was 18 months. Its headaches all the time. The good thing that in the store or in front of other people she is really good she loves the attention. but at home its tantrums because I dont understand her baby language. only a couple of words here and there. But I still love her!

  13. Avatar of Leeana Leeana says:

    Nervous about this, think we can make it

  14. Avatar of sukismom sukismom says:

    I am excited about this upcoming stage but I am also preparing for the headaches I may get. As long as I get some quiet time, I should be fine.

  15. Avatar of My-My My-My says:

    thanks for this!

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