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11 Tips To Raise A Happy And Well-Groomed Toddler!

Kejal Teckchandani
1 to 3 years

Created by Kejal Teckchandani
Updated on Sep 17, 2020

11 Tips To Raise A Happy And Well Groomed Toddler
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We all want well-groomed children but don’t we wonder what is the right way to discipline children without getting too harsh or without affecting their original personality. Although it seems like we are asking for too much, it is possible to have a happy toddler by following some simple rules. The way we react to our child’s behavior teaches them a lot.

Tips To Raise A Happy Toddler

Many a time, what we really end up doing is to address a toddler’s behavior without questioning what the root cause is. A toddler doesn’t throw a tantrum or “behave” in a certain manner just to frustrate you. So it is important to look at long-term results than just getting your toddler to obey you in that moment. Here are some tips to raise a happy toddler:

  1. Find out what is really troubling your child:

    A lot of times, children at the toddler stage are frustrated on account of their inability to express themselves. Teaching your little one how to sign a few key words or express themselves effectively -- such as more, food, milk, and tired -- can work wonders
  2. Even your toddler needs space:

    Don’t we all need space when we’re upset or angry? Several times children need to vent their anger. At that time, it’s best to give them their space
  3. Never resort to physical punishment:

    By spanking them, you are teaching them to handle their anger in that way. The next time you feel the urge to spank, take a deep breath instead and consider what you want your toddler to learn
  4. Speak in a calm tone and practice self-control:

    Talking in a soothing voice shows your toddler that you're not going to let her behavior get to you. What helps your child learn is when your response shows her a different, more constructive way to handle these feelings
  5. Create a diversion:

    Children have very short attention spans -which means they're usually easy to divert. And it always helps
  6. Don’t forget to hug and cuddle:

    Hugs make children feel secure and let them know that you care about them, even if you don't agree with their behavior. This is an absolutely important aspect of unconditional parenting
  7. Talk about feelings, and how to handle them:

    Read books and notice aloud how the characters are feeling: ‘The dog is really happy that he got a bone.’ And share your own feelings. When your child can label how he is feeling, it helps him gain control over his emotions and communicate them to others
  8. Empathize with your toddler:

    Put yourself in your child’s shoes and show him the kindness he needs from you. In a simple scenario, if your little one has to wait until his meal has cooled down, show him the steam rising from the bowl. Tell him that when the steam goes away, you can test the meal on a spoon to see if it is cool enough
  9. Use timers:

    If there are two or more children playing, give them each a few minutes, using the timer, to play with a toy they both want
  10. Let them make their own choices:

    Let them choose, appropriate to their age, what to wear, and what to eat (within reason), what to play, whom to play with. This gives them a feeling of control and supports their growing confidence and sense of competency, the belief that “I can do it”
  11. The importance of self-control and patience:

    There are many daily moments when you can teach your child this skill. For example, games that require turn-taking are great for practicing how to wait and share. Rolling a ball back and forth is an example

It’s a good idea to keep your response ready for situations, which typically occur often. That way, you will find yourselves being caught off-guard in fewer situations. Besides having a far more well-behaved toddler, you will also find yourself a lot calmer

Did you find this blog on how to raise a happy toddler, useful? Please share your views with us in the comments section!

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Sep 24, 2015

Nice tips. Thank you for sharing.

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| Sep 24, 2015

certainly.. it will help.. I practice some .. let me try other ones

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| Sep 25, 2015

Nice tips

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| Sep 25, 2015

As a mother of 6 month Infant, I found this extremely useful. There are times when I am too exhausted and if my little one wakes up it really makes me terribly angry as its just me in home raising him. So to manage work at home and baby becomes a big challenge. From your experience, would like to know more as how did u deal this situation if you faced it. I feel really guilty after I shout out rarely on my little one... But its because of tiredness more than anything. Would like opinions from anyone here.

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| Sep 26, 2015

Thank u fa ur valuable share.

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| Sep 28, 2015

Thanks fr ur tips..

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| Oct 01, 2015

Nice tips , thanks for sharing.

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| Oct 09, 2015

Very nice idea

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| Oct 09, 2015

Very useful idea & thanks for ur tips

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| Oct 22, 2015

Very good information & interesting . thank you

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| Oct 26, 2015

Thanks a lot Kejal for your useful tips.

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| Oct 28, 2015

Nice tips going thru a tough tym handlng my kid right nw

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| Nov 07, 2015

Nice tips n thanks

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| Jan 23, 2016

superb

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| Jan 25, 2016

Good... thnx

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| Jan 25, 2016

Good... thnx

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| Jan 27, 2016

Wonderful article! Thank you

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| Jan 27, 2016

Thanks .....

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| Feb 08, 2016

Well said. ! Thanks

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| Jun 03, 2016

nice ideas.. thanks

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| Jun 03, 2016

Good one indeed better... Thanx

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| Jun 04, 2016

nice ideas... great work.. thanks

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| Jul 17, 2016

very informative

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| Jul 17, 2016

awesome tips.... timely help for me.... kudos....

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| Apr 04, 2017

what if v live in joint family. if parents don't show anger but some other family member shouts on child. what if a child learns to show tantrums n bad behaviour from other children in family. how to handle tht situation

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| Apr 04, 2017

thanks good ideas

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| May 05, 2017

very nice topic and tips...

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| Jun 20, 2017

really very helpful blog thank you so much for the valuable things.

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| Jun 22, 2017

thanqqqqq kejal. very nicely explained.

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| Jun 22, 2017

thanks kejal for this useful post...

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| Jun 22, 2017

thank you so much very useful

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| Jul 04, 2017

Thank you for your helpful tips

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| Jul 04, 2017

My baby Is 18 months old, one day she will eat fruits and vegetables, cerelac etc. , from the next day she will not take one spoon also, only asking for milk, plz give me suggestions

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| Aug 02, 2017

Nice tips. Is your child a happy one? These 7 tips in parenting are bound to help you bring up a happy child, one who grows up into a happy adult. https://www.parentcircle.com/article/7-ways-to-raise-a-happy-child/

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| Aug 20, 2017

thanks kejal teckchandani ji for sharing such important post for parents.

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| Oct 04, 2017

this is a very helpful post thanks a lot keep sharing

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| Oct 04, 2017

nice lesson

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| Oct 04, 2017

thanks a lot... very helpful tips....

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| Oct 04, 2017

very usefuk

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| Oct 04, 2017

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| Oct 04, 2017

thanks.

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| Oct 04, 2017

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| Oct 05, 2017

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| Oct 05, 2017

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| Feb 26, 2018

useful ideas, thanks

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| Feb 26, 2018

very useful and handy tips for raising a happy toddler. thanks for sharing

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| Feb 26, 2018

useful information.. thanks for sharing

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| Feb 26, 2018

this is Very useful.... i will really follow it

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| Feb 26, 2018

it's really very useful information thanks for sharing

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| Feb 27, 2018

its very useful

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| Feb 27, 2018

Very informative thanks much

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| Mar 19, 2018

good information thank you

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| Jul 27, 2018

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| Aug 06, 2018

Thanx.... very helpful

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| Aug 13, 2018

Liked the article! And the ‘keep a clam tone’ point is so true. I have seen parents losing their temper and kids throwing even more tantrums. Self- control is the key

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| Sep 20, 2018

Nice..

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| Oct 03, 2018

super

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| Jun 26, 2019

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| Jun 27, 2019

hye my daughter is 33 months old .... she has a dark circle under her eyes.... she Doesn't eat properly... I m worried about her health... so what can I do ... ?

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| Jul 16, 2019

my baby could not feed the fider plz tell me how to feed fider

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| Jul 20, 2019

my baby is 14 months old. He was born underweight, so doctor suggested him not to feed him with feeder as he was jus 2. 25 at d time of birth & now m trying to feed d milk him from feeder n spoon bt he is not ready to accept it. Also m worried because he doesn't like to eat anything. although I make variety of foods for him but he doesn't want to try anything from past 6months as earlier he was taking khichdi n curd n rice but by d time his teething process started he has denied eating everything. Wat can I do to deal with dis problem as also weight is constant from past 7months. ??

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| Jul 24, 2019

hey my baby is 9 months.. he is on his teething... bt not eating anything.. plz suggest something

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| Aug 05, 2019

my daughter does nit eat any thing cerelac etc she is 14months Old but not she is walking

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| Aug 08, 2019

helo I need recipes for my 18 Month old toddler he is not a good eater??

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| Aug 08, 2019

my kid is 7 years old she obey me now she is not obeying so y

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| Aug 08, 2019

My son is 3years old n he is very weak he is not a good eatr what diet I should have to start for weight gain?

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| Aug 12, 2019

my son is 7 years old ... he has a short temper ... and he could not concentrate on studies ... his mind become divert on other fun easily

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| Aug 19, 2019

How to increase weight 2 year old baby?

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| Aug 19, 2019

my son is at about 3year old,but his diet intake is very poor. and he looks small and thiny as comparision with same age fellows. how can i increase his diet demand and propr consumption of food

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| Aug 31, 2019

My daughter is going to be 2 yrs in Oct. she is not a gud eatr. Not sleep well. she becomes restless during sleep. What should I do??

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| Sep 12, 2019

9 महिन्याचा बाळाला काय काय खायला देऊ शकतो. बाळाचे वजन वाढविण्यासाठी काय खायला द्यावे

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| Sep 26, 2019

my child is 9 months old can any one suggest best nutrition food for my baby....

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| Sep 29, 2019

Which food is given to 2 years old baby

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| Oct 01, 2019

My son is 2yr11 month.... But still wants breast feeding only during sleeping time just for 2-3mints... How I will stop this habit.... Help me

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| Dec 10, 2019

Hi sikta sarkar ! Try weaning off by taking help from yr hubby ,who could make him sleep by narrating a story . Whenever he demands breastfeed ,serve him a sip of water instead. also do not hold him in a feeding position, and avoid wearing feeding gown just to avoid giving him clues that he will be fed.

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| Oct 08, 2019

where r the replies of comments?

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