Babies can be even more challenging when they become toddlers. Here's how to ease the pressure when some of the more common toddler issues might arise.
Getting to grips with caring for a baby is a huge challenge. Then, just as you are starting to get the hang of it, they grow into a toddler. On the bright side, at least you have experience if you decide to have another baby down the line. On the downside, you now find yourself in unchartered territory once again.
Some parents will even tell you that the toddler phase of a child's life is even worse. At least when they're an infant you know where they are at all times. Turn your back on a toddler for even a few seconds and chances are they are up to no good. Child psychologist Fiona Martin has highlighted a few common toddler problems and offered up advice on how to remedy them via Kid Spot.
One of the biggest issues will arise when your toddler learns the word no and, more importantly, what it means. Eat your dinner. No. Clean up your toys. No. Put your coat on. No. Dr. Matin's key to opposing opposition is narrative. Tell your toddler that you used to eat this food when you were little, or a character from a book or TV they love always wears their coat.
One of the ways in which parenting can feel a little easier once your baby becomes a toddler is them taking some responsibility. Provided they're not in the mood to say no, they might want to demonstrate a little independence. However, in some situations, that can result in them making more work for you than if you had done it yourself. Martin explains that despite them making extra work, it's pivotal your child build up their independence. Sooner or later, they'll perfect their little tasks, and your workload will lessen.
Truth be told, your role as a parent doesn't really get easier, it just changes. Until they leave the house at 18 or older, there is always work to be done. Plus, depending on the person, your role as a parent doesn't stop there either. Follow the advice above though, and the toddler phase might well be a little easier.