The helpless feeling that comes from having a two year old child who never seems to stop crying can be easily overcome as long as patience and understanding are applied. Many infants are still developing communication skills and in some cases, they will be unable to tell you directly if something is wrong. Establishing the reasons behind persistent crying is the first step toward finding a resolution that can restore family harmony.
Things You'll Need
- Diet plan
- Bedtime plan
- Cardboard and pens
Remember that crying is a form of communication in itself and that the average two year old is still developing basic levels of self-awareness that affect her psychological capacity. Always make sure that basic needs are being met before looking into more complex reasons behind the tears. Check diapers, training pants or underwear to ensure the toddler is dry and comfortable and make sure food and fluids have been provided at regular intervals throughout the day. Cuddle your two year old if he has been over-stimulated to calm him down and always talk in soft reassuring tones.
Avoid raising your voice or simply commanding the child to stop crying. Instead, place yourself at the same level as the two year old and establish eye contact while placing your arms on his shoulders to display authority and understanding in equal measures. Ask open-ended question about the reasons behind the crying and if no response if offered, offer potential reasons instead. Ask the child if he is suffering from a stomachache, is tired or simply needs a hug. Remember that in most cases, an understanding embrace will offer all the reassurance the child needs.
Learn to identify signs of a two year old using crying as a form of manipulation by recording episodes in a diary. Check the diary regularly to see if the child is responding with tears if she can't have something she wants or if a privilege has been denied. Ignore manipulative crying and leave the room. Never return to the room while crying continues as this justifies the behavior of the child. Only return to the room once crying has stopped so that the child learns that repeated fits won't influence any decisions you make in the future.
Implement a healthier lifestyle by introducing your child to regular balanced meals and healthy snacks such as fruit. Monitor bedtimes carefully so that your two year old is getting enough sleep to reduce the chances of crying from tiredness the following day. Make time available to sit together and read or talk quietly, especially at the end of the day, so that your child goes to bed in a calm and relaxed frame of mind.
Discourage crying by creating two large faces on pieces of cardboard with alternate happy and sad mouths. Encourage the child to pick up either one of the two faces whenever he feels happy or sad themselves. Use the display of a sad face to prompt a quick investigation into his feelings without the child having to resort to crying.
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