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Old 01-28-2013, 06:33 PM   #3
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Re: Toddler Discipline Tips

Isn't it a frustrating age/stage?!

Removing the audience works best for my 2.5yr old right now (ha! ask me again in another 2 wks & it will likely be different).

I've used these, all but the last are accompanied by purposeful ignoring of child & engaging with other child/spouse/person the phone (I pretend if no one is there):
  • timeout area, with timer on to release
  • room with door shut until ready to be coorperative/pleasant
  • in room with door shut until ready to get dressed for bed
  • leave the house to put other kid/bags in car if not getting outdoor gear on (I do go back for her - she just isn't in the first trip out)
  • gently take their hand/arm/foot & walk them through whatever they need to do (ie pick up thrown toy & put back nicely)

Then I try to be really pleasant & reset the tone when timeout or removal from a situation is over - everything is a clean slate!
A (usually) happy wife mama to my BOGO girls, DD1 July 2010 and DD2 Dec 2011.
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