how do i displine my son when saying no is not enough?

Stefany - posted on 04/17/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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telling my son no when he wants something doesnt work and distracting him with a toy doesnt work he get mad at me and cries or keeps trying to get what he wants how do i disipline him?

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Jane - posted on 04/17/2012

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You can put a 10 month old in a safe 'time out' place but it will be hard! If you have a travel cot they are usually high net sides and a comfy cushion base so babies cannot hurt themselves in them. I hated the idea of a 'playpen' when my son was young, but this travel cot was brilliant when he was very young and strong willed but too young for the usual discipline you would use on an older child.

When your son will not listen to 'no' you could put him in the travel cot and he could scream his head off, even throw himself around, but he won't hurt himself. Leave him for a few minutes then come back and repeat 'No' if he tries to get what he wanted and put him back in the cot and walk away again - when he calms try to give him a suitable toy, if he won't take it repeat the cot thing - eventually he will get the message!! I warn you though - prepare to listen to a whole load of screaming when you will have to keep yourself calm and collected and just use a calming but firm tone when you are saying 'no'.

May seem extreme - but could be worth a try if all else has failed! Good luck. xx

Stefany - posted on 04/17/2012

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ok then how can i get him to stop messing with those things he dont want the toys he wants what he wants and i want to know how to get him to stop messing with it.

Alison - posted on 04/17/2012

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Stefany, your 10 month old does not have the self-control required for compliance. Save the "discipline" for 6-12 months down the road. Focus on teaching which behaviors are desirable, but do not expect him to be compliant. And remember that getting angry and crying is part of the game. It does NOT mean you are doing something wrong.

Stefany - posted on 04/17/2012

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10 months, but hes very smart he says lots of words. he knows what no means he just dont care to listen.

Katherine - posted on 04/17/2012

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Saying no is one of the worst tactics to use. It's not giving him a choice. Try saying, "Why don't we do this or this instead?" How old is he?

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