Divvy Up Your Day
It's the heart of any routine: Figure out what tasks need to be done, and then line them up in the same order every day. Your toddler will love knowing that first he eats Cheerios for breakfast at his little table, then he gets dressed, and then he helps you feed the cat. "The repetitiveness of the experiences helps lay down critical pathways in the brain," explains Dr. Thomas. "When you repeat things over and over, you make those connections much stronger over time." The more robust those mental links become, the more confident and calm your little one will be, knowing that he can predict the next activity in his day. That means he'll be less anxious overall -- and less prone to throwing temper tantrums.