Are You Setting the Right Example?
Even though toddlers are too young to master patience, one of the best ways to lay the groundwork is to set a good example. "If you're always rushing around, your child will pick up on that urgency," says Dr. Arinoldo. Try to give yourself enough time to tackle your to-do list so you're not constantly in a panic.
Similarly, don't overstuff your toddler's schedule. Free up at least two days each week to do something slow-paced, says Dr. Bellando. Take a walk, or start a more leisurely activity, like planting an herb garden or baking cookies. You can even draw out storytime: Talk about the pictures and linger on the pages.