how do you get a 3 1/2 year old and a 2 year old to listen and do what they are told i have tried everything putting them in a corner for time out and even putting them in their room and it doesnt work
Gwen - posted on 05/31/2012
Keep in mind that they are still very little. Their brains are still forming and they don't have the ability to control their impulses all the time, or follow complex instructions. Make sure your expectations are realistic. Also, a 2 year old is not going to be at the same developmental stage as the 3 1/2 year old. It's going to take lots of patience, practice and redirection to keep them on task.
Be stern with them. Have you takin anything away from them, Have you tried standing them in the corner. My neice at that age wouldn't listen to me. I stuck her right beside the couch and she had to look in the corner that was dark. she cried. I told her if she stops crying and starts listening then she can move. Withing 15 minutes, she stopped the crying and started listening. I told her if she started to act up again.. then she would go back into the same spot and look at the same dark hole. Didn't have no problems after that with her. My other neice dumped flour all over the flour and wouldn't listen. I cleaned it up. Well i gave her an old toothbrush and told her to brush the carpet and make it pretty. She didn't like that either. well she listened after that too.
The only time, spanking would come in is if nothing else would work. So that,may be your option if they keep on not listening and nothing else works. There is a right way and a wrong way of spanking. Don't know if you are a believer of spanking.
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