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Toddlers may not have the words to express it, but they can understand differences in parenting styles and can even begin manipulate their parents' behavior to get what they want. It is very important for parents to talk (away from their toddler) to decide on rules, consequences, and their response to tantrums. The more that parents can agree on similar reactions, even using similar words, the more the child will understand and respond appropriately to discipline.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|