Six Reassuring Phrases For Toddlers

Toddlers really do get bad press for being emotional volcanoes, but within those outbursts is a child just wanting to be held, or told that everything will be fine (see my seven tips for calming toddlers).

Many situations that toddlers come across can be emotionally challenging for them. In those moments, our actions and words as parents can help them gradually overcome their inhibitions and fears, and learn to open up to experiences. Not all those experiences go as planned - sometimes there is pain, whether physical or emotional. That's why, a few words of reassurance can go a long way, when supported by the right actions.

Six Reassuring Phrases For Toddlers
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I'm here...

Sometimes, it's hard for toddlers to let go. They find many things exciting (like playground rides), but at the same time, they want to have you close. All they need to be reminded is that you are right behind them. Support this reassurance by being on stand-by at a comfortable distance. Over time, you will see that this distance will become longer, they will only need you in their line of vision, instead of right behind them.

It's over now!

From a toddler's perspective, many bad things happen. Like falls, or flu shots. You can say It's okay, but they are still hurting. Letting them cry over pain is completely fine, even in your arms. An important thing to remind your toddler is that what happened is behind them, and they can move on.

We'll come back (to this)...

It can be very hard for toddlers to let go of an activity they are really engrossed in, or if they are having fun. Reassure them by telling them that their toys will be there when they get up the next day, or that you will bring them to the park again.

Let's try it once...

Toddlers need new experiences. It helps them grow and thrive in their world. It shows them that they are capable of doing new things. Encouraging them to at least 'try' a new activity or a new food helps them to take that first step (or bite).

What do you want (to do)?

Very often, a toddler will cry when he or she feels unheard. Maybe you missed what they were trying to say, which culminated in a meltdown. I have personally seen this work, because it helps them focus on solving their problem instead of just crying about it.

I love you!

It may seem simplistic, but saying that you love them in stressful situations will work it's magic. Support this with a hug or kiss (or both!). Say it often, and show your love in whatever way it works for your child.

You don't have to use these phrases only when your toddler learns to speak. They understand well before they learn to talk. In fact, talking to your baby and toddler is the best way of building a trusted relationship and opening the doors to communication between you. Anticipate your toddler's need for reassurance, and you will help them grow into confident individuals.

If you liked this post, you may want to read Six Positive Phrases for Toddlers, and Six Kindness Acts for Toddlers.

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