6 Resolutions for Better Toddler Behavior

Resolution #5: I'll find ways to avoid starting every sentence with "don't."

Why it's worth making: If you say "don't" and "stop" more often than a cop, your toddler will feel like he's never allowed to do anything. He'll keep challenging your rules out of sheer frustration, leaving you to deal with even more bad behavior.

Your new approach: Tell him what he can do. Be on the lookout for opportunities to show your toddler the right way to act instead of immediately laying down the law, says Dr. Kurtz. If you happen to catch your child trying to pull the dog's tail, for example, say, "It's okay to pet the dog, but you have to do it gently -- let's try petting him together," and congratulate him when he gets the technique right.

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