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Your 2-year-old now
"Again! Again!" The Teletubbies have this mantra for a reason: A hallmark of this age is repetition. Your little one may want to eat the same things again and again, wear the same clothes day after day, or do things in the exact same order. Remember that he's trying to make sense of the world, and keeping certain things unvarying is his way of exercising a little control in all the hubbub of life. Rituals provide comfort.
That said, rigidity can get a little hard to live with. Indulge such behaviors when it's really not a big deal. But if your preschooler's demand is unreasonable or inappropriate (wanting to watch TV during dinner, ordering a guest to get out of "Daddy's chair"), refuse calmly but firmly. You might trigger a tantrum, but ultimately you're the boss.
Your life now
Does bad weather have you at your wit's end about what to do with your boisterous little buddy? Find the silver lining in your rain cloud with a visit to a local children's museum, aquarium, or children's gym.
At home, set up an obstacle course of sofa cushions and pillows to climb over. Throw a blanket over a table to make a "cave" or "house." Bake cookies or bread together and let your preschooler help with the pouring, mixing, and dough shaping. Or decide to go ahead and face the elements. Dressed right, your preschooler will be perfectly fine in rain or snow and will make lots of new discoveries out in his transformed neighborhood.
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