what to do to handle a stubborn child

Alida - posted on 05/11/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am actually finding difficult to handle my first child who is very stubborn and turn to do wrong thing the next minute after correction what do you suggest I do.

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Natasha - posted on 07/31/2010

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How has it been going? I would agree with Kristen. Be consistent and always follow through. There needs to be some kind of consequences. Don't keep dishing out threats, because if you don't follow through - whether it be time out or no TV whatever - the child will quickly learn that you don't really mean it. They are very smart : ) If you tell them no TV and then you get up to turn it off, they will know you are for real.

Another idea - maybe give the child some choices. Just a couple of choices that you would be willing to deal with. For example - My daughter is three and she really wants to be independent in stores like her two teenage brothers. So, when we are at the store we tell her she has two choices. She may hold someone's hand or she may help push the cart. That way she is always with one of the bigger people and not trying to run off on her own. This usually works very well and if you follow through she is happy with her choice in the end. Good luck!

Kristen - posted on 06/03/2010

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Hey Alida, Hang in there! My first one is the same way... not necessarily being disobedient but curious. Whatever your household rules are (not touching things, asking for help, etc) be consistent. Your little one will start to understand after awhile. Until then, its ok to put your self into "time out" (I like to lock myself in the bathroom!) and take a breather.

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