Keep your cool with your toddler

I posted a week or two ago asking how to do this, so how funny that I would find an article on it today!! This article suggests ways to stay calm when dealing with your toddler. In it they suggest:
-listening when they talk
-give them some downtime
-don't overstimulate with a busy schedule
-let yourself (and them) have a flexible schedule
-try to see things the way they do
-remember that you ARE the boss
-give them jobs to do

What do you think needs to be added to this list? Which tip is most important? I say laugh... but a close second of being flexible with your schedule.

BethSummerville, South Carolina
    8Theresa Gould
    I agree. I also think that stepping away from a situation (poopy mess or whatever) can help keep your cool, until you can laugh about it.
    TOTALLY. Even just remembering that laughing is an option is sometimes the best way to calm down.

    When Audrey was just born, I was nursing her and Mason got into the cat food. He made a HUGE mess all over the kitchen and had a grand old time doing it while I was trapped on the couch. Once I was done nursing, I really only had two options... laugh, or cry. So I laughed, took pictures, and started cleaning up!
    8Theresa Gould
    That is the best way to handle it!
    About Beth
    Current: Summerville, South Carolina
    Birth: September 18
    On since: Aug 18, 2013
    obsessed with babywearing, cloth diapering, and breastfeeding (but not judgmental about those that aren't). I'm a SAHM that works. Loves cupcakes, kittens, and glitter; hates spiders, housework and pessimism.