1. Get on their level.
2. Make a gentle physical connection.
4. Affirm their feelings.
I know for some this level of communication with a toddler seems silly, but I assure you that they understand. Toddlers are much smarter and more attuned to their surroundings than we give them credit for. When we take the time to really connect with them they appreciate this and the result may be a more harmonious space in your home.