Handling Your Toddler's Not-So-Nice Habits

Two-year-olds behave in some peculiar ways, at least from a parent's perspective. Here's why they do what they do -- and why you shouldn't sweat the small stuff.

Weird Behaviors

Whether it's flagrant nose picking in a cherished wedding video or startling everyone in church with a blood-curdling scream, a toddler can be counted on to choose the worst imaginable moment to do something typical of the terrible twos.

The good news is that most of these behaviors, however disagreeable, are a natural part of development and important learning opportunities. To toddlers, the world and their bodies are all one big science experiment. "These places are fascinating to explore -- too fascinating to let a little thing like parental embarrassment get in the way," says Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Kids, Parents and Power Struggles (HarperCollins, 2000). Here, expert advice on how to cope with five common toddler habits.

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