Monday, October 02, 2006

Your 13-month-old: Week 4

Just when you think you have your toddler all figured out, he can turn the tables on you. Even the most mild-mannered 13-month-olds will experiment with ... how shall we say it? ... undesirable behavior. Heh heh...undesirable behavior. That's one way to put it, I guess. If your normally happy-go-lucky toddler suddenly starts screaming, yelling, biting, and hitting, you can take some solace in knowing that his development is right on track. Well, it's good to know he's "normal", I guess!?! But that doesn't make it much easier to deal with. Unfortunately, traditional discipline tactics don't work very well for this age group, so between keeping your toddler out of the cat food and coping with tantrums, try to take a parent break. You may have to schedule it in advance, but building in some free time for yourself each week is the best way to refuel your patience tank. That's the way to do it...send him to Grandma's and let her deal with the tantrums. I'm gettin' a massage! *LOL*

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