Games for Infants & Toddlers That Parents Can Use to Enforce Limits

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A number of different games are great for enforcing limits in the home. Learn about games for infants and toddlers that parents can use to enforce limits with help from a psychologist in this free video clip.

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I’m Dr. Jeff Gardere, “America’s Psychologist,” with a homemade game for infants and toddlers that parents can use to enforce limits. As parents, we’ve all been in that dreadful situation of our kids having a meltdown in the middle of the supermarket, on a busy street, or, even worse, at the holiday party with friends and family. So, here’s an easy game you might consider to reduce and avoid temper tantrums and set limits. Infants and toddlers get so frustrated when there’s a gap as to what they want and when they get it. For example, they may want their milk or cereal immediately, but it may take a few minutes to make it. In that time, they may respond with crying or that dreaded tantrum. So, here is a way to prevent the outburst by distracting them with a homemade game, the one and only Peekaboo game! While the meal is in the microwave, engage the child’s attention by singing and gesturing. “Peekaboo! Where are you?” Do this several times. Not only will your singing and words engage the child, but the movement of your hands. Their mimicking your actions and touching their faces should be fun and distracting enough until the meal is made. Before they know it, voila! “Peekaboo! Where are you? Meal prepared, just for you!” This is Dr. Jeff Gardere, “America’s Psychologist,” with a homemade game to teach your child how to set limits.

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