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Putting My Toddler's Behavior Issues In Perspective

Evan turned two-and-a-half this week.

The strange thing is, he looks and communicates more like a 4 or 5 year old child. He is very, very tall for his age, and he speaks to us like he is an adult, perfectly articulating his wants and needs. He can tell us what he wants, how he wants it, when he wants it and what he’ll do if he doesn’t get it. The kid is sharp.

Unfortunately, our smart little guy has also been exhibiting some poor behavior lately, and I am realizing that it has me far more stressed than it should.

Evan has been acting out at times, and showing a good dose of defiance. Everything he is doing is right in line with normal toddler behavior and boundary testing, but when it’s your kid acting like a maniac in public, it can definitely make you feel stressed and sad!

It’s really hard to know the right way to discipline a toddler for effectiveness, and I just have to keep reminding myself that it will take time and consistency, and that he will probably just grow out of this phase.

I am also trying to keep in mind that these problems we are having with him are so small compared to what some parents have to deal with, and are really just typical bumps on the road to growing up.

I can only imagine the kind of stress parents of teenagers must feel, whoa!

Did you ever get stressed over your toddler’s behavior issues?

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