To any parent of a child in the 2 to 4 age group, the words "negotiate" and "toddler" seem mutually exclusive. But learning how to negotiate with your toddler when they're being unruly and unreasonable — i.e. all of the time — is one of the most helpful tools you can have as a parent. Toddlers are known for their fiercely independent and strong wills and, although each child has their own temperament, there's no denying that the toddler years can be frustrating if parents aren't extra conscious about the way they parent.
With two of my own girls between the ages of 2 and 4, I'm well aware of the challenges that parenting a toddler brings. But despite the patience-testing moments, toddlerhood is filled with sweet moments of growth, endless fun, and lots of exploration. Learning to harness your child's "wild side" instead of fight against it is an essential tool for any parent to learn and can greatly lessen the amount of stress both of you feel, especially during a meltdown.
As tricky as it can be to "negotiate" with a toddler who is mid-tantrum in the cereal aisle of the supermarket, having the proper parenting style for your child's unruly moments can mean the difference between a child who chooses to listen and respond and a child who continues to terrorize the grocery store.