It is normal for your toddler to test the rules to see if you will really do what you say. Your toddler will often do the opposite of what you want him to do. Your child may get upset easily. He will often use the words “no!” and “mine!”.
Your toddler wants to get his own way and do things for himself. He wants to be in charge of what he wears and eats, where he goes, and what he does. A toddler's bossiness is a way to test how much power he really has. Your toddler will do things to get attention. He will also imitate what he sees and hears – good or bad.
Here are some ways you can avoid trouble.
The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend spanking as a form of discipline. Some reasons that spanking does not work include:
Your child's self-esteem will increase as he or she learns to deal with the world and other people. How you manage this period of growing independence and individuality will impact your child's future behavior. Many parents find the toddler stage difficult. Ask your healthcare provider if you would like more advice on managing behavior. With patience, support, understanding, and consistency, you and your child will survive this phase.