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Originally Posted by Diane B
Thirdly, toddlers do like to be the center of attention. One strategy I have used successfully (and learned from other moms) is to gradually increase the amount of time I expect her to be patient and set aside her immediate need. For example, you might start by asking her to wait for 20 seconds before responding to her - some small amount of time that she can be successful with - and build from there. I find that my daughter is more able to give me a small amount of space if her own emotional cup is full and she feels like she has had some time and space. For example, if she interrupts when we are talking at dinner, i pause and ask her if she has something she would like to share. Often, she has something to say, and once she has had a bit of focused attention, she is happy to let us say something to each other.
Kate, mom to 7 year old Djuna and 4 yr old Alden. Missing our good friend Hal the cat who died June 2, 2010
Christine, wife to my dh since 10/03, mama to my three monkeys ~:-) ds1/6/05, dd9/9/08 and ds 8/3/10