...attempts to do other things. But I think the biggest issue is that you need to make sure you have realistic expectations and are helping him to listen. If you want him to pick up his toys, you're going to have to help and specifically give him a job like putting them in the bucket- anything else it too vague. Things like that. And really celebrate his successes. It helps remind both of you that he's a good kid and makes him more inclined to behave and you more able to tolerate behavior that may not be poor listening, but just a worn out parent trying to get some peace. There's really no such thing as a "bad" two year old, so its really important to make sure you're being specific, simplistic, consistant and teaching him first, correcting second.
at 9:51 PM on Dec. 9, 2009