Sooner or later your sweet little toddler will blurt out a string of words that sounds a lot like an insult. You might hear something like, You're a do-do head. or the ever popular, You're stupid. It may stop you in your tracks and make you wonder, Did I hear that right?
Toddler rage can get pretty intense and if you're a toddler you're not really capable of saying exactly what's got your big girl or boy panties in a wad. As a parent, you might have to restrain yourself from giggling the first time or two insults are hurled, but after awhile you're really going to want to put a stop to it. First of all it's annoying when the cuteness wears off- and secondly, you don't want your child insulting everyone whenever they get the urge, and finally they need to learn how to control their impulses.
Sometimes parents, caregivers or babysitters get right down on a toddlers level and the fight begins. No one wins in this situation.
So how do you put a stop to your preschooler's name-calling and its first cousin potty mouth? Well, there are several approaches you can try. Since every kid is different, some of these tips will help some and not others. But don't give up and don't lose your cool (too often.)
Take the fun out of name-calling. Let's face it; name-calling for a toddler is a blast. They get a quick response and it can be very amusing watching mom or dad blow up right in front of them. Oftentimes they get giggles from their parents, or equal rage. For a toddler that's a lot of exciting attention. Instead, calmly respond, don't like that word, please don't use it. It's simple and to the point. Continue doing whatever you were doing before your child decided to let you know you weren't behaving the way they wanted you to.
Help your child find the language they need to explain what they are feeling. Angry insults usually come from frustration, and ha-ha insults from getting positive re-enforcement in the way of