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Rebellion of a three-year-old - another difficult time in raising a child?


You may feel cheated. Around, they say that caring for a two-year-old is a big challenge, but the trial time doesn't really end when the child turns three. On the contrary - real problems can begin at that time. It is said that worse than a two-year-old's rebellion is only the three-year-old's rebellion. Proposal? The child already has "yes" and does not cease to rebel, he grows up and with it the way of saying "no" changes.

How to deal with resistance in a three-year-old? And is there any way for him?

Three year old rebellion - a natural stage of development

The rebellion of a three-year-old is a natural signal that the child is changing. It results from the development of his personality, manifesting his own needs, the child notes that he can affect his environment, that his behavior has specific effects. In addition, it is a way to check the boundaries and how much you can afford, whether you can upset the parent, how will mom or dad react and whether they will continue to love.

The three-year-old's rebellion also results from not yet fully developed language skills. The child may have a problem communicating their needs, or may not yet be able to keep up with the intricate language of adults - full of metaphors and mental shortcuts.

Rebellion of a three year old - consistently and with love

How to deal with a three-year-old's rebellion? The key is to remain calm, but also to show consistency and love. Respect is also important. You can't demand respect from a three-year-old if we don't talk to him properly.

When talking to a child, remember how old he is and do not overdo his reactions. When a toddler calls you or yelling that he doesn't love you, explain calmly that you understand his emotions and you still love them strongly, you will help him survive a difficult time. Do not receive a refusal to do something as disrespect, but rather a signal that the child has his own opinion. Try to appreciate this fact and learn to talk in this way to give your child permission to have his own position.

Set boundaries

A child needs clear, impassable rules to feel safe. Naturally, the rebellion of the three-year-old also appears as a consequence of their establishment and their adherence. However, do not bend under the influence of the toddler's claims. The three year old should be aware that certain principles are sacred and apply to everyone.

If a child bursts into tears and becomes hysterical, wait, take care of something, but don't give in. Do not let them feel that you are afraid of the child's reaction, that you feel helpless towards them. When the child is at the stage of hysteria, screams and stamping their feet, do not try to argue with him. It's a pity. Wait for it to calm down and talk about what happened and how your child can do better next time.

Read how a mother managed her child's hysteria.

Smart praise

Whenever a child behaves as expected, do not spare him praise. However, do it the right way - descriptively. "I see, Natalka, that you put all the bears on the shelf and the blocks are in a box. There is nothing on the floor. Nothing bothers you, you can easily go. It's called order "instead of" But you're good. "

The rebellion of a three-year-old appears after the revolt of a two-year-old, followed by the rebellion of a four-year-old and five-year-old ... And so several times.