Nanny 911: Getting Toddlers to Listen
An 18-month-old can be a handful, but add a newborn to the equation and, yes, there can be chaos! She needs a lot of attention, especially now that there's a new member of the family, so try to give her lots of positive attention. Get down on the floor and play with her, practice listening games when she is calm, like "Stop and go!" calling out her name, etc., and give her lots of praise when she gets it right. And make cleanup a game! Plus, you can't expect an 18-month-old to hold your hand and listen when running in the street—this takes lots of patience and practice, so keep at it. Give her lots of praise and pick your battles!
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