Getting Toddler to Listen

Laura - posted on 05/22/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 18 month old daughter is not listening. She climbs on the table, and we tell her to get down, then explain why it is dangerous to be on the table, she just climbs right back up there. She isn't a bad child by any means, I am just looking for some help to get her to listen about climbing things she shouldn't climb on.

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MELISSA - posted on 05/23/2013

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DONT ALWAYS SAY NO COZ THEY TEND TO SAY NO BACK TO YOU. ACCORDINGLY TO THE CRECHE MY SON IS AT THEY SAY TRY AND AVOID THE WORD NO. SO I SAY NOW DONT DO THAT OR GET OF THERE OR YOU ARE GOING TO GO TWO THE NAUGHTY CORNER. AND BECAUSE HE IS NEARLY TWO I LEAVE HIM THERE FOR TWO MINUTES, SOMETIMES HE WILL LEAVE THE CORNER AND COME SAY SORRY BUT NOW I LEARNT FROM THE CRECHE HIS AT SAID I MUST KEEP PUTTING HIM IN THERE UNTIL HIS TWO MINUTES IS OVER AND THAN HE MUST SAY SORRY! MY SON IS REALLY ENERGETIC AND HE TAKES THE PILLOWS OFF THE COUCH AND JUMPS FROM THE COUCH ON TO THE PILLOWS IM SO WORRIED AT TIMES THAT HE GOING TO HURT HIM SELF, MY MOTHER SAYS THAT I WAS ALSO MAD LIKE THAT AND SHE ENDED UP CLOSING HER EYES STANDING REALLY CLOSE AND ALLOW ME TO GET HURT IN ORDER FOR ME TO LEARN NOT TO DO IT AGAIN. I DO UNDERSTAND YOU DONT WANT TO BUT SOMETIMES THEY JUST NEED TO LEARN THE HARD WAY! I HOPE THIS HELPS LAURA! ;D

Ev - posted on 05/22/2013

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This is par for the course with an 18 month old. You just keep on doing what you are doing but do not make it a long explanation. Just tell her no-no you can get hurt doing this. That is all she needs to hear. She is not really old enough for a time out either because she can not yet comprehend what it means. She is also testing you to see what you will do and not do and they do understand that well at this age. When she gets to age 2 and 3, more explanation will work as she will understand more words.

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