Toddler boys can be a challenge to raise. Michael Gurian identifies behaviours such as tantrums, and fighting with other children and caregivers, as normal for toddler boys in his book, "The Good Son." There are also challenges common to all toddlers, such as getting them to eat healthy foods. Learning how to raise a toddler boy can help create a happier and healthier environment in your home, and make your life as a parent easier.
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Observe your toddler at play. Learn what he is interested in doing without assuming that all boys are interested in the same things. Your toddler may like to build things, make music, draw, or many other activities. Understanding what he likes to do gives you a better idea of what will keep him content during his play time.
Encourage independent play. Gurian advises that toddler boys need this each day. Spending time with your toddler boy is a good thing, but it is equally important that he learns to play by himself. This prevents him from becoming dependent on you for entertainment, and gives you some time for yourself.
Add physical activity to his day-to-day routine. Boys are generally very active, and pent up energy can easily turn into disruptive behaviour if it isn't correctly channelled. Play outside with him, giving him an outlet for his energy that is safe, controlled and enjoyable. Simple activities like throwing and catching a ball can help improve his motor skills and fulfil his desire for action.
Don't compare him to other toddler boys. Brainy Child, a website dedicated to the study of child brain development, identifies that boys vary more than girls in academic development. Encourage his intellectual development, but don't assume he is lazy if other boys are more advanced.
Read to your toddler boy and talk about the storybook characters' emotions. BabyCenter, an interactive parenting website, reports that toddler boys have a more difficult time than girls recognising the connection between nonverbal signs, like tone of voice, and emotions. Explain when characters in television or books display emotion to help him make the connection.
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