Hugs always help. Positive and supportive nurturing physical contact is the simplest and fastest way to help young children regulate their emotions. When you are two you still don’t know how to transition from one emotional state to another. You are learning all the time. Getting angry, shouting or getting frustrated only serves to confuse and overwhelm young children more. Physical connection helps children know they are safe, activates their relaxation responses and helps them know they are “seen”. If your child is having a difficult emotional time, ask them if they want a cuddle or want to hold your hand. Rather than use anger, use love and understanding. Children learn from us. Teach love and not fear.