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Five ways to outsmart your toddler

May 24, 2007

This is an actual news article posted on CNN.com today:

Outsmart Your Toddler: 5 tricks for getting yours to do what you want

1. Act like an idiot

“Even the most defiant toddler will take pity on us if we seem like total incompetents,” says Harvey Karp, M.D., author of the DVD and book “The Happiest Toddler on the Block.” The trick is to convince your child that you should be helped, not resisted.

2. Become a silver-lining expert

Want to avoid disaster? Pretend everything’s great. Your attitude, and the way you handle disappointments (big and small), can greatly affect how your child learns to do the same.

3. Try reverse psychology

“When your child doesn’t want to wear certain clothes or taste new foods, it’s called ‘the oppositionalism of toddlerhood,'” says Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., author of “The Ten Basic Principles of Good Parenting.” The solution? If you want your child to do something, like put on her socks, pretend you don’t want her to do it.

4. Say, “Yes, but…”

Instead of saying no all the time, Paolucci now says, “Yes, Amanda, you may go outside, but after dinner.” Or “Yes, you may ride your big wheel, but we need to wait for the rain to stop.”

5. Stay a step ahead

Staying a step ahead of your child is not a quick solution so much as a smart way of thinking. It comes down to consistent routines and reasonable expectations, so you don’t have to be a toddler mind reader.

The first question that comes to mind is, what kind of parent are you if you actually have to resort to finding a list of ways to OUTSMART your toddler? Seriously, it’s a freakin’ toddler! You’re a grown person, and you can’t possibly come up with even one way to outsmart a two year old?

Congratulations… you’re the stupidest person on the planet.

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One comment

  1. Unless your kid is little man tate, you should be able to figure that out on your own.

    pretty funny list that I hope nobody actually needs.



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