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
-laugh

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.

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BethSummerville, South Carolina
    06/19/14
    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.
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    06/19/14
    Beth
    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!
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    06/19/14
    8Theresa Gould
    That is the best way to handle it!
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    Current: Summerville, South Carolina
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    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.