Why Toddlers Don’t Do What They are Told

Parents with toddlers will definitely have this question asked: “Why my toddler does not listed to what I tell him to do?” Some may find it frustrating and often we label the toddler as naughty, rebellious.

Few fail to understand toddlers function differently from adult and as an adult, we always use our own benchmark to judge our toddlers.

A psychology professor, Yuko Munakata, from the University of Colorado, found during a study that focuses on cognitive development, that actually toddlers listen, but they store the information for later use. Professor Munakata said: “Suppose it is cold outside and you tell your 3-year-old to go get his jacket”, the 3-year-old will run outside, discover that it is cold first, before he retrieve the memory of where the jacket is and then go get it. Professor Munakata suggested that instead of repeating the same thing again and again to your young child, perhaps you could say: “I know you don’t want to take your coat now, but when you are standing in the yard shivering later, remember that you can get your coat from your bedroom.”

Here’s the full article: “Why Toddlers Don’t Do What They’re Told“.

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