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By Jae Curtis
Let's face it: Not everything your kiddo does is scrapbook-worthy. Along with learning to walk, saying those first words and eating solid foods comes the not-so-nice milestones: boggling behavior that has you wishing for a quiet room, a good book and a huge box of chocolates. Don't worry, Mama! We've got your back. Experienced parents know that you're not going to be head over heels in love with everything your little one does. Bright side? Annoying child milestones have a purpose. Take a deep breath and remind yourself of this when your little monkey's driving you up the wall.
Your child's handsy food exploration and meal-pitching can be grating and messy, but this is how your little one explores texture, colors and smells.
How to deal: Grab a bib, use a washcloth and let go of your visions for a perfect family meal. Kids are messy and unless he's purposefully destroying the kitchen, it's okay. If he's old enough to know better, a quick time-out and a meal alone should nip the problem in the bud.
Constantly Asking "Why?"
An endless stream of "why?" is frustrating, especially when you've already tried giving clear, logical explanations for each question.
How to deal: Asking "why?" shows that your kid's curious and interested in the world around him. Sure, sometimes he does it to get a reaction, but most of the time he genuinely wants an answer. Issue an answer for five questions, and then redirect his attention. It'll stop the pop quiz ... for now.
When kids are learning how to manage their emotions, biting is a common technique because it's one of the fastest and most effective ways to elicit a reaction.
How to deal: Use it as a teaching tool for communicating how he feels. Using words or telling an adult about a playground issue is the right course of action. If the biting continues, discipline, losing play time and giving more attention to the victim instead of your chomping child can help reduce the annoying behavior.
Tantruming toddlers seem to make their bodies go completely limp at the worst possible times, forcing you to drag them along with you.
How to deal: Take a deep breath. When your child goes limp, he's trying to take control of a situation where he feels helpless. Avoid the issue by making sure your little one has choices. Park or pond? Bread or tortillas? Toy cars or a ball? When he can be a little bit in control, he'll at least be easier to deal with.
Screaming, Whining and Moaning
Loud noises are disruptive, especially when your kid decides to flex his lungs in church, at the doctor's office or the library.
How to deal: Your tiny Pavarotti isn't only testing his sound-making skills; he's testing you. In most cases, it's best to leave the quiet area and then talk about being appropriate. If he can't be quiet in the library, then he can't go to storytime.
Saying "No" to Everything
Whether you're trying to coax him into putting on his shoes, eat his lunch or say hi to grandma, the negative response can be embarrassing and infuriating.
How to deal: Your toddler says "no" because he hears you use the word and sees how it works. Reduce the negativity by using the word sparingly in your own vocabulary, and then give your little one choices, so instead of saying "no," he needs to give an actual answer.