Don’t make the reward for good behavior too far away. Eg: don’t say at 3pm, if you’re good you can have dessert after dinner. That goal is HOURS away. It is incredibly difficult for a 2 year old to grasp that concept. The goal is unrealistic and unreachable. Saying DURING dinner. If you try everything on your plate you can have a treat after, is more realistic. During the day, reward him for good behavior with almost immediate positive affirmations or treats. The treats can be insignificant to you, but important to your child. If you get dressed quickly we will have time to play trains before breakfast. If he doesn’t dress quickly, have a natural consequence. “ you didn’t get dressed quickly. We don’t have time for trains right now” try the same thing a day later, chances are, he will improve.
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