“Please put on your pajamas honey.”
“I’m not going to ask you again!”
Another blank stare.
Have you ever asked your toddler to do something and in return you receive a blank stare? There have been many times where I’ve given our preschooler a direction and she doesn’t follow through. It’s frustrating! I question why won’t my toddler follow directions?
Shortly after our daughter turned 3 we decided it was time to increase her independence. She was going to learn to put her pajamas on by herself. The only problem, our toddler didn’t seem to be listening to anything I said. Every time we told her to get dressed, she would stare at us or whine “But I can’t!”
I often believed she was being defiant. Shouldn’t a preschooler know how to put her pajamas on? How do I get my toddler to listen without yelling at her?
I was at a crossroads. Was my daughter being defiant and strong willed? Or was I missing something?
Toddler Won’t Follow Directions
As parents, it can be difficult to tell if our kids are deliberately disobeying or if they really don’t understand what we are asking.
What if they aren’t following through because of a misunderstanding instead of an attitude of defiance?
- Be a better listener.
- Go play.
- Get ready for school.
- Pay attention.