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Is your toddler starting to act like a rebellious teenager? Does he or she have a quick response to your instructions, stretch the truth and display angry conduct? Here are three common toddler behaviours and how to handle them.

  1. Back-chatting. Does your little one have an answer for everything and always gets in the last word? Put an end to it straight away by talking to your child and explaining why the behaviour is bad. For example: ‘When you want to have the last say, it shows that you don’t respect me.’
  2. White lies. It may start with a fib, but where will it end? If your tot sees that they can get away with bending the truth, they may stretch it to see what else they can get away with. Don’t tolerate lies as it can result in a case of crying wolf.
  3. Showing aggression. Is your child often the one making others cry? Nip this behaviour in the bud as soon as you see it. It’s important to keep calm and make your toddler understand what they’ve done wrong. Give them a time-out so that they’re removed from the activity for a while.

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