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Kellie - posted on 07/12/2011
I think you 2 year old sounds like smart kid, I hope my daughter has the sense to have stranger anxiety too. I personally wouldn't connect punishment with strangers, what if a stranger tried to grab your child but they've been *told* to act out is to get punished? May as well hand them to the stranger.
I would lead by example. If you know this person and your child does not, then include your child. Introduce them to this new big person. Allow your child the space to assess this person.
Basically you just need to reassure your child that you are there and they are safe. Your child is obviously feeling threatened by strangers and you need to find a positive way to help him feel secure.
Jennifer - posted on 07/11/2011
It has been awhile since my kids were that young, but when they would behave like that I would get down to their level hold their hand & speak in in firm yet not raised voice and asked why they were doing that & explained that it was not acceptable behaviour & why. If they did not stop I took them away from the situation and talked to them about it again,when they were calmed down.
Time outs may work too, but 2 might be too young.
Hope this helps ;)
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