Moms and tots: In conflict up to 20 times an hour

Filed under: Just For Moms, Toddlers Preschoolers, Development/Milestones: Babies, In The News

If someone asked me how many times a day my toddler and I butt heads, I'd answer "A million." But in all honesty, when I read about a recent study that looked into that exact issue, I was surprised. Researchers found that moms and toddlers argue up to twenty times an hour. No wonder I'm tired all the time.

It's important to note that the researchers in this study set the mom/toddler pairs up in situations where conflict was likely. First, they placed them in a lab with toys that were out of reach and puzzles that were too hard. Next, they tape recorded conversations between them before and after dinner. Of course they heard a lot of arguing!

Honestly, I don't think I argue with my three-year-old 20 times an hour, but the toddler years are prime time for conflict. My personal survival technique involves turning the trite old saying into a mantra, "Pick your battles, pick your battles, pick your battles." How do you reduce conflict with your little tyrant?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.