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This is probably the most important quality parents should have, and not just at this stage, but all throughout their children’s life. For kids ages two to four, it is a strange thing that children will misbehave and display aggressive behavior and at the same time seek a parent’s approval. While their children throw temper tantrums, parents need to keep their tempers in check. When parents show aggressive behavior, it may have all sorts of negative effects on their children which may manifest later on in life.
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While shouting is not recommended at all, a firm voice will do just fine. It can get a child’s attention and show him who’s the authority figure in the household. When children are first introduced to this tone, they normally are taken by surprise and cry. This is fine. They have to get used to this tone.
For this age, the best punishments for inappropriate and aggressive behavior come in the form of time-out corners (having the child sit or stand in an open space without moving) or the revocation of privileges such as toys or afternoon TV time.
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