Hello, I feel very stuck in a rut with my toddler and am so exhausted im not enjoying the day at all it sounds terrible. I need to get into a proper routine he is turning two and im finding it difficult to keep up with the tantrums I cant get him to brush his teeth and i often give into him as i am exhausted and dont have anyone for support or advice. I feel very lost at the moment and am dreading the challanges ahead. Thanks for reading
Oh no, 2 can be a difficult age. I think the key is in what you said i.e. you need a routine. This will help you both know where you stand and he will get to know his boundaries – which kids actually like. Also, it sounds like he might be tired to make sure he gets enough sleep, possibly still day sleep which will also give you a breather.
A routine sounds like a good idea. I followed a ‘loose’ routine when my kid’s were around this age. I’ve recently realised that picture stories may be more helpful for kids then just saying it. So maybe try using a chart that has pictures of the activities you want to do today.
Tantrums can be difficult at times. Just remember they are most likely overwhelmed by this point. And need distraction and time to calm down. Two year olds still get easily overwhelmed and need downtime and watch for signs they may be too stimulated.
Good luck and remember they are still learning coping skills, so it’s a great time to start implementing learning coping skills.
I would swear by a routine. For an example. We’d get up have breakfast and then go to the park or a play group, then lunch, then nap, followed by play at home, then tea, bath, read and bed. Honestly it will be your saviour.