You asked

How can I get my toddler to stop dawdling?

You might have noticed that it takes much longer than you’d like for your toddler to get anything done. He or she just never seems to understand when you’re in hurry, and no matter what you do, you’re always stressed, trying to get them to hurry up!

One good idea if you know your child dawdles is to simply allow more time before you need to be somewhere, or do something. If you allow an additional time ‘buffer,’ you will eliminate the need to hurry, and your child will still be able to dawdle if they want to.

Another tactic is to make a game out of it. Say something like ‘I bet I can get to the car before you can!’ That should take their mind off other distractions, and make getting ready to go a fun experience for both of you.

If all else fails, or if you simply have to be somewhere in a hurry, explain this to your child. Tell them that you are sorry for rushing them, but that you need to be somewhere important. Promise them a game or a treat later on, and you shouldn’t have too much trouble.

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