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Toddler cant make up his mind!

My 2yr old son asks for a bowl of cereal and as soon as i set it on the table he says no and wants to eat eggs. Same goes for movies. He will ask to watch Wally and when it starts playing he will cry and say he wants to see Cars. Im going out of my mind trying to get him to make up his! Any advice???


Asked by chanelsparkels at 6:04 PM on Nov. 5, 2010 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • My daughter is 3 and going through the same stage. She will ask for something for an hour solid, and then change her mind the second she gets it. We have to be firm and say, "No, you chose this movie. You cannot pick a different one now." Your son's trying to see how far he can push your buttons and how much power he has. It's not your job to cater to his every whim; it's your job to help him learn how to make decisions and accept them once they're made. :) Good luck!

    Answer by aliceryannesmom at 6:08 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • that's very good advice thank you :)

    Comment by chanelsparkels (original poster) at 6:10 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Ask him do you want A or B and when he chooses A then asks for B tell him "No, you chose to eat A, you can have B for breakfast tomorrow. He is learning boundaries and that his decisions have consequences. Just be consistent with it and he will learn.

    Answer by TaraK. at 6:13 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Yes, that's what they do, my 2 year old is EXACTLY the same way. Like the others said, you need to give him 2 options (so he feels like he has some control over what's going on), but then you need to stick with whatever he chose. It's hard, and they will cry and throw hissy fits, but unfortunately, you can't let them push the limits all the time, they're just trying to see how far they can go.

    Answer by Anouck at 6:15 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • I have special need toddlers ages 1-4, and they too have their own ideas.My staff decided to try and get them to be more helpful.We made picture cards for them with different foods,movies ,toys.This information is obtained by asking the parents,we also asking the parent to do the same,so that they can follow what is going in the classroom. We sit with the kids on a one to one,place the cards in form of them,then in simple terms we explain to them that they have to choose what they want to eat and if they keep changing their minds,then they will to eat what we think is good for them. At the beginning we had alot of angier,crying,throwing things,but then they found out real quick that this kind of behavior was not good.We did this for about a month,even the parents were surprise on the change. Any kind of kids,regular or special need want to push to see what YOU will do.Good Luck

    Answer by aliciajacinta at 6:22 PM on Nov. 5, 2010

  • Man i was hoping it would be a few more years before he started pushing the boundaries lol. Great advice ladies, be consistent, and patient.. Man sometimes i feel like its all gone with the potty training lol!

    Comment by chanelsparkels (original poster) at 6:25 PM on Nov. 5, 2010