Toddler Temper Columbia SC

So, what are the terrible twos? Basically, it is about the toddler expressing his new-found independence and wanting control in Columbia. He wants to stand on his own two feet but is lacking the skills!

Mr. Jeffrey Rose
Families First Counseling Services
(803) 708-4700
1330 Richland Street
Columbia, SC
Credentials
Credentials: Ed.S. LMFT
Licensed in South Carolina
10 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Rela
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Offenders/Perpetrators, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Interracial Families/Couples, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Keith Reeves Barron
(803) 296-5879
Columbia, SC
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill, Disaster Counseling, Supervision
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Becki Boatwright
(803) 931-0413
Columbia, SC
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Disaster Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Kitty Henderson
(803) 894-2124
Columbia, SC
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified School Counselor, National Certified Counselor

Samer Touma
(803) 256-1737
Columbia, SC
Practice Areas
Career Development, Clinical Mental Health, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mr. Joseph Watterson
Joseph Watterson, LISW-CP
(803) 351-0146
3204 Millwood Avenue
Columbia, SC
Credentials
Credentials: LISW-CP
Licensed in South Carolina
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Gender Identity, Life Transitions, Anger Management,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Claudia D Guignard
(803) 960-9361
Columbia, SC
Practice Areas
Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, School, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Esther Gallieshaw
(803) 238-8852
Columbia, SC
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Mental Health/Agency Counseling
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Nicole Snell
(803) 251-0368
Columbia, SC
Practice Areas
Addictions and Dependency, Childhood & Adolescence, Clinical Mental Health, Couples & Family, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

John McFadden
(803) 777-5553
Columbia, SC
Practice Areas
Career Development, Childhood & Adolescence, Counselor Education, Couples & Family, School
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

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Toddler Temper

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So, what is terrible twos? Basically, it is about the toddler expressing his new-found independence and wanting control. He wants to stand on his own two feet but is lacking the skills! He will always see things differently from the parents, with favourite word being ‘no’ to almost all request. "Please put away the toys," says Mummy, but he will retort back with a negative answer. He too, will have frequent mood changes resulting in temper tantrums more often than before. Even small things that upset him will result in tantrums and aggressions.

During this trying period, there are ways to try and help your toddler. This is actually a normal phase in a toddler’s development. It is also a good sign that he is on the right development track. He may be testing your limits but do remember that he is just expressing his independence and is trying to do things on his own. But with limited vocabulary and skills, he cannot express himself well. So, the only easy way out for him is by saying no. Parents need to be aware of this and should try not to add more conflicts during this situations.

First and foremost, be calm and patient when you are handling the terrible twos. It is easy for adults to ask a child to ‘Play together with the others.’ For a toddler who has just learned to grasp the meaning of toy ownership, this is certainly not an easy instruction. Why should he, when the concept is still new to him and he is not willing to share. Parents need not force the idea onto the toddler. He may get frustrated and will start throwing tantrums. Try to understand what he is going through at that time. Instead of sharing, why not suggest to him the concept of taking turns. The time will come when he will willingly share his belongings with others.

Other tips to consider include sticking to regular routines and avoid making decisions that will lead toddler to throw tantrums. Regular routines such as, mealtime and bedtime, should be followed religiously every day. In this way, the toddler would get accustomed to the routine and not questioned the rationale of obeying mum’s instructions.

A toddler at this age would very much like to make his own decision. Therefore parents should avoid asking a "yes-no" question. Ask question that will make him decide such as ‘Which book are we reading tonight? Thomas and Friends or Bob, the Builder?’

Effective discipline should start early, even before the onset of terrible twos. If parents had established a set of rules earlier on, toddler would not find it difficult to follow later. Find time to communicate with them as one of the key things that starts terrible twos is the lack of communication skills.

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