How do i discipline my 15 Month old son?

Megan - posted on 11/01/2012 ( 233 moms have responded )

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I am struggling on how to deal with my 15 month old son. I understand everyone says just to redirect them to something else n get on there level n tell them no n a stern voice and i do this over n over every time with him n he goes right back to it n then finds everything around him that i say no to n do it he wont listen to me at all n he seems to know what he is doing wrong n does it over n over n over when nothing works what do u do? His temper tantrums are getting worse as well his biggest thing is to open n shut the outside door when we are outside he just wont leave it alone n we cant leave the door open i try to get him to play with his ball but it dont help all he wants to do is play with the door n i dont know how to get him to stop nothing seems to work with him i guess my biggest ?in is what do u do when you try everything n it dont work?

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Brandi - posted on 11/20/2012

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He is 15 months old. He is not going to listen the first time. I am a mom of 3 daughters and a step daughter and I am a psychology student. I am here to tell you that as a psychology student, they say that spanking is not good and that it later leads to personality disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.) but as a mom, I popped my girls on the hand and said no in a stern voice and eventually they stopped. Now it takes consistency but it worked. I am also here to tell you that as a child I got my butt whipped many many times and it never caused depression or anxiety or any other type of personality disorder. If anything, it taught me to respect my parents and to listen. My step daughter is one that never got "popped" for anything. There is a major difference in the way my children act and the way she acts. She is one who lies all the time, manipulates, and causes trouble. I don't mean just a little trouble either. I am talking about major stuff. She told her teachers that I was putting bruises on her...obviously not true...but I could have lost my own children because of her lies if she would have been a better liar. "Popping" a child on the hand and latter spanking them is not the mistake parents make. The problem is letting children get away with everything and not disciplining them.

Lia - posted on 11/19/2012

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Read the book Dare to Discipline. It had done wonders for our family. We have a 13mo old boy and a daughter who turns 3 in Feb.

Drea - posted on 11/19/2012

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I have a 20MO and she is the same way. Just stay consistant with him. He won't be this way for ever, even if it seems. I'm a mom of 2, my oldest is 16YO. I'm 40 with a toddler that just will not stop. Brighter days are ahead. Good luck!

J - posted on 11/17/2012

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Time out. We do a lot with time out for 2-3 minutes. If "no" doesn't work, they sit in time out. Then in 15 mo terms say why he is in time out. Reinforce how to act. Temper tantrums: we ignore. They scream louder, still ignore or put them in their room.

It may just be that they are seeking attention: negative attention is still attention. If they are not getting positive time, they may create a situation that wil get them some stage-time.

Josie - posted on 11/16/2012

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okay this is what i do to my 1 1/2 year old daughter is, make sure she knows that i aint playing with her i use the voice where most kids don't like it. but do not yell or hit the child :))

Jessica - posted on 11/16/2012

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I am still trying to figure out why you guys are discipling a 15 month old. Take it from me...a single mom who lost custody of one of her two boys and has not seen him since he was 10 weeks old (he is 8 now). You are so lucky to have what you have to see him grow. He won't be with you forever. He will move out when he is 18.

Sher - posted on 11/16/2012

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Hi, One of the things I've been told and learnt is to stick to what you say and follow through.

put him in time out (it works) it might take a long to get through to him but it lets him know that you mean it. Maybe give him a toy that has a door that he can open and shut instead of the outside door or enrol him in a gymberee or club to play with other tots.

P.S don't pop his hand he might start copying and do the same thing to other children or you (learnt behaviour).

Geri - posted on 11/15/2012

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He wants your attention PERIOD! Give it to him PERIOD! Save the word NO and hand hitting for emergency dangerous situations only.



Keep with the distracting and offering something else. Try giving him an area with safe things of yours like some plastic bowls and utensils, An old pan or two. Kids are developing their minds, they are curious, they want what you have. And yes, he may not have the language to tell you, but he most certainly knows in his head. I believe when we are young we have a certain telepathy which gets squashed with the aging process. If you think about something you do not want him to have, he will go for it, so stop thinking about it!



Always use sentences which tell him what you want him to do. If you say don't, his little mind will hear do. don't touch becomes do touch and your being upset makes it a fun game in his little mind. "Use yours words" Use your walking feet" "go get your toy, bear, blanket, whatever" Hands at your sides" Hold my hand .........and repeating like a broken record

Amy - posted on 11/14/2012

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it doesnt look like it mattered to her just really bad advice your giving that annoyed her

Rhonda - posted on 11/14/2012

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NEVER EVER physically disipline a baby, child, or any age person. The best and easiest method of dicipline is redirection anything you can do to distract your baby can change their ideas or activity to will save you and your precious one alot of grief. And when all eles fails take your little one to a extremely trusted friend, family member, church, or anyone of great trust so you can collect yourself and be ready to start again, Iam speaking from somewhat of experience, I too ws a young mother at 16 I am now 46 and my youngst is going to be 13 and the only female out of 6 boys so i am embarking on new territory myself if there are any advise givers out there for me I would greatly appreciate it, she is one of many loves of my life and I want only the best for her, Iam still trying the redirection method but iam running out of ideas.

Diane - posted on 11/13/2012

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15 months is rather young to expect some understanding behaviors, especially time outs. The brain isn't going to comprehend that, and he's going to go straight to what he was previously doing. He sounds like a normal "all boy" to me. Does he stay in his crib, or, does he navigate to get out of it at this point? Would he stay in his crib for a few minutes if you put him in there when the tantrums occur? Is he banging his head so as to hurt himself, or, if he's not, can he be put in a safe place for a few minutes? Sometimes diversion works, other than just playing with an object indoors. My 13 month old grandson has tantrums sometimes, and I put his coat on him and take him out doors. The change in atmosphere and climate seem to catch him off guard, and shortly we are playing outdoors as though nothing has happened. Also, your boy is trying to tell you something, like how frustrated he is when you are outside and he's not allowed there with you. Perhaps a harness, and allowing him outdoor time with you?

Cheryl - posted on 11/13/2012

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Jessica, We are here to help parents and give them some advice on some of their questions, not put them down. Some children are more headstrong than others. A headstrong child can already make you feel like a bad parent when you are not. I have one who did exactly the same things. He would do things over and over just to see peoples reaction to them. I had to learn how to parent a little differently with my second child. My first one never did any of these things but with the next one it was his way or no way everyday. If we start putting down these parents then they will stop asking questions and they will get no help with their problems and that could cause a lot worse problems in the future.



Megan, I think you are a good mom. Asking for help shows you care enough about your children to ask for help. We all need extra help and advice from time to time.

Holly - posted on 11/13/2012

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jessica to assume that something may be wrong with her is VERY mean. I know that my 15 mo old used to bite and fight with her cousin... granted her cousin was MEAN... perhaps my 15 mo was very mature for her age, heck she was 100% potty trained by 18 mo at her own free will... back on topic, to assume that something is wrong with er is very mean

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2012

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I can not imagine having to discipline a 15 month old. At that age they are there just to be loved and cared for. If you are having these problems something must be wrong with you or maybe you need some extra help... like a nanny.

Cheryl - posted on 11/11/2012

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I am a parent educator for Parents as Teachers. I have some ideas for you. With the door thing, he is working on cause and effect, either it is making a noise or he is getting a reaction from you. His curiosity is also developing. Redirecyion is the best aproach at this age. When redirecting always have something fr him to do. Have box's that open and close with a toy or something in it. If outside put a ball in it and show him how to open the lid and get the ball. Children at this age will do something they are told not to several times. This is how they learn. They are making sure the rule is always the same. The biggest thing is to stay calm. If he sees you getting frustrated he is going to continue to do it. This is where they learn to control your reaction. If it doesn't seem to bother you and he has something else to do it may stop for a while but he still may do it from time to time just to see what happens. Your reaction will decide how he reacts.



With the baby on the floor. Make sure you don't leave the room while they are on the floor. Give him a doll or stuffed animal to hold while you hold the baby and model soft touches. at this age they don't realize how hard they are hitting, they are just doing what you do. Praise him when he pats the doll/animal softly, then have him pat the baby softly.



Now is a good time to start getting rid of the bottle. Take away one feeding at a time. Leave his favorite wich is usually the night time bottle for the last one taken away. Replace the others with a sippy cup even offer small drinks (while in the highchair or table)without a lid) Don't put him to bed with a bottle. While he is awake sucking on the bottle, saliva helps the milk get through and clean the teeth. Once he falls asleep the milk sits on the teeth all night wich could cause what is called baby bottle tooth decay. Most doctors like to have children on whole milk until the age of 2. Ask your doctor if you have questions about when to switch. I hope some of this helps

La Kendel - posted on 11/10/2012

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Hi Megan... I believe that 15 mnth olds are starting to know right from wrong & I would also pop his little hand & say no no!! I have four kids 14, 11, 9 & 4!!

Ashley - posted on 11/09/2012

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he is only 15 months! give it time...he is only acting out the only way he knows how to given his age! maybe is just craving more attention from adults.

just give it time!

Kerry - posted on 11/08/2012

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My youngest daughter is three and when she acts up I sit her down on a stool for 3 minutes and everyt ime she gets up or yells I add 2 more minutes onto her time out.

Bev - posted on 11/08/2012

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do NOT give him a candy....never equate food with reward as it is proven to cause later problems with eating....a hug should be sufficient....

Christele - posted on 11/08/2012

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you need to put hime in a crib and he IS going to cry, but you have to just ignore him and after a while he will learn that crying wont get him anywere and he will just sit. Wait for a minute after he stops crying before letting him go play. If you do this enough and follow the instructions he will learn the rules.

Melissa - posted on 11/08/2012

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You should tell him no no no nice but firm. If he starts to go to the door say no. If he listens give him a hug and a candy. If he does you could take him and show him the door demonstrate opening it and say no.

Adriane - posted on 11/06/2012

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Start by limiting his access to things he can't have. He is going to be naturally curious and test limits because that's part of normal development. A tantrum is an emotional response. Kids get overwhelmed just like we do but they don't know how to handle what they feel sometimes. When he gets angry or upset, tell him you understand and show him what to do when he feels that way. Give him an appropriate alternative.

Bev - posted on 11/06/2012

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First he does not know what 'no' means at this age so all you can do is redirect.....as to the door, perhaps a latch he can't reach along with redirection....at this age he cannot focus on anything very long so you can't expect him too....it is hard, mine are 14 months apart and it felt like all I did was redirect.....my guess is he likes the noise and/or the attention so find something that makes noise and just move him to it with a simple 'no'.....and have something else in line after that.....good luck...

Nancy - posted on 11/06/2012

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Is your husband able to help you with this? I have found my husband could get attention better than I could and if you are together on it its even better. How much do you want to pursue this? You have to be consistent It's harder to be consistent and get change on this than to just let it go. If you want the change its best if you and your husband talk about it and you decide together what you would ike to do. You have to explain to him you don't want him playing with the door, you have to decide what will happen if he does and then follow through. I have a grandson whose parents have to do this with him. He's strong willed.

Kathy - posted on 11/05/2012

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Sometimes if you give an older child some task he can do with and for his sister it helps. For example teaching him to gently rub her feet or fetch her blanket. Also talking with him both about the baby and things he likes helps. Such as "when she is older we will go to the park and I will push you both on the swing ". And saying "when you were this age...I did this with you " can help. It is a balance to care for them both in their own stages. And have 4 or more toys he doesn't get to play with often as a distractor when you need it. Give him one and when that gets boring, replace it with the next.

Jeanne - posted on 11/05/2012

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I've read your concerns and many of the replies. As far as the bottle is concerned, if you feel it is necessary for him to still have a bottle, put water in his bottle instead of milk, juice or other beverages. If you need to, gradually dilute his bottle until he's only getting water. He doesn't need the calories like his baby sister, his growing has slowed down and he should be getting nutrition from his food. He is still a baby and probably needs YOU more than his sister at this point. Let him experiment with things. Children learn by repeating the same activities over and over. Choose the times when you need to intervene. If what he's doing is not dangerous to himself and not destructive, let him open the door till his heart's content. He looks to you for protection, boundaries and love. Interact with him, you are his main source for nearly everything at this age. It may not feel like it now but this time will pass so quickly, you'll look back and wonder where the time went. You don't have a more important job than supplying him and his sister with constant love and making them feel like they're are valuable human beings. Nothing you do is as important, not laundry, cooking, cleaning, volunteer work, hanging with friends, nothing as instilling in them confidence, curiosity and your love. There will be time for you sooner than you think. Encourage him to help you, let him put things in the dishwasher etc. model for him the behavior you want to see. You can't go back and have a do over once they start school, now is the time to shape them into the adults you want them to be. Just love them, laugh with them, play with them and love them some more. PS, I was where you are only I had 3 under 3.

Annie - posted on 11/04/2012

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I think the main thing i've found that i'm trying is finding the balance between the patience and the curiosity, you know letting them learn on their own. because, lets face it. we were all teenagers once. I have a 9 month old and i'm working on this. he is throwing tantrums already and i've got to squash it now before it gets bad. and i'm thinking about having another one soon. but an occasional stern tone and letting them know what they do wrong is not ok by letting them cry it out is what i'm trying and no time outs yet really because he won't understand anyways but yeah. i'm looking at being in the same spot as you are in. my soon insists on having his way. is getting bad.

Camarin - posted on 11/04/2012

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Hitting is VERY different than spanking. I firmly believe in spanking them & than talking to them right after letting them know how much they are loved but that we do not do/say (fill in the blank) in our home. Most people that were hit as a child don't believe in any form of spanking. Usually it's because their parent hit out of anger or frustration or impatience. In our home my husbands rule and mine is that we never ever ever spank when or if we are upset. We give ourselves a timeout first to get ourselves together and than discipline our child. It is important that every mommy with an infant or toddler understands that YOU CANNOT REASON WITH A YOUNG CHILD. They need redirection & guidance. Let your 15 month old discover the world in a safe way of course :) they are at a very curious stage. They make sense of the world by being hands on with it. Most of the time the child is just being childish and we mommies need to chill a bit. They are only little once. Enjoy your babies!!! Just laugh a bit, that helps a lot too ;)

Cheryl - posted on 11/04/2012

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Hey hun. It might seem to you like nothing is working, but CONSISTENCY is the key. Decide what you are going to do and then do it over and over. He won't give up? You won't either!!! Sounds like you could use a break too. Check out my blog: urbanmommys.com for more ideas. Read some articles on discipline and then read the great comments from moms on the ground who are doing it just like you.

Lacye - posted on 11/04/2012

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At 15 months, he's going to test your boundaries. It's going to drive you crazy but you just have to keep an eye on him and teach him. At this age, spanking is not going to be much of a help. They don't really understand that what they did was wrong, they only know that if they do that, Mama will hurt them. Right now, time out and redirection are the key. Consistency! You have got to be consistent. When he is slamming the door, get him away from it. If he goes back, walk him away from it again. If he continues, time out or play time outside is over.



But one thing I have to say that I saw in one of the posts, I don't know what makes you think hitting a child in their mouth or squeezing their arms until they do what you want is the right thing to do, but thank God you are no where near my daughter. I don't have a problem with spanking, but I will not slap my child in the face and I will not squeeze her arms. That is uncalled for violence and all you are teaching your children is that violence is ok. You claim you were abused when you were a child, well all you are doing is continuing the cycle. I'm not trying to be mean, but you really do need to find other ways besides intimidation and violence to get your point across to your children.

Ashley - posted on 11/04/2012

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put him in time out. my son had his first time out at 15 months. i sat him on the floor in front of the kitchen sink, and set the microwave timer to 75 seconds. it's a minute for every year they are. i had to do it a few times, but he finally realized he had to sit til the timer went off and he would watch the timer and when he heard it beep he would look at me to tell him he could get up and i would explain to him why he was in time out. also when i would first put him there, i would tell him why. be consistant with it or it wont work. or you could try having a quiet time, by putting him in his bed with some books or a couple quiet toys, or even turning cartoons on if he is interested yet. let him have a quiet time for 20 minutes so he can chill out and you can have some piece of mind. my baby will be 2 next week and there for a minute he thought he was in control of my house and could do whatever he wanted, he learned real quick when i started time out and quiet time.

Pamela - posted on 11/04/2012

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First, when you say "no" to a toddler, it is the first word they will utter back to you. Why? Because babies learn through imitation and repetition. Every time you say "No", you drill that word into your child's head and you will hear it back.



The best thing to do is to be PATIENT enough to say, "You should not". This phrase is too long for the child to remember and repeat and eliminates having to hear "No" right back from the child. Then you need to remember to back up what you say.



When the child appears not to listen...physically lift him up and move him away from what you do not want his attention to be on at that moment. Re-directing is good but you also need to use a pleasing voice in re-drecting so that you catch the child's attention and make them want to be distracted. It;s called the ART of gentle persuasion! and practice makes perfect LOL!!!

Gloria - posted on 11/03/2012

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Can you put a latch lock on the top of the door so when you are outside you lock it and he can't keep opening it

TealRose - posted on 11/03/2012

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15 months. He is still a baby. Not even out of diapers. He IS learning new things on a daily basis ... even minute to minute. And his behaviour is completely normal. You DO have to redirect. a hundred time. 500 times. You do have to say no a 1000 times. He has NO idea of 'right or wrong' - he ony has the NEED to learn. He is programmed to do so ... by touching, tasting, moving, dropping, throwing, opening, closing, breaking - not because he is 'naughty' but be cause THAT is how he learns. You have to just keep him safe .. and gradually as he grows teach him that some things are not to be touched. The more you let him touch ... carefully ... the more he will understand and be more gentle and careful.



You don't need to 'smack his hand' - he has NO way of understanding why dearest mummy just hurt him .... simple child development will tell you that. He might stop touching that vase - but then ... he will stop touching a lot of things .... and stop learning too. NOT good.



As an adult, you don't need to be hit, and children do not ever need to be hit either. It shouldn't HURT to be a child. You can teach right from wrong very simply with kindness, gentleness and natural consequences ...... punishment is not necessary to help a child to grow up responsibly .. My children are now 32 and 28 and I never hit them, I taught them. I didn't use 'time outs' either - why would being ostrasized as a small child really help you think about what you did ? It doesn't ... it just makes you upset, angry and less likely to think about it properly ! My children are now great, gentle adults, and my grandchildren - also not hit - are delightful.



Breathe Megan ... your son will be little for such a short time.... Enjoy it ... and help him grow !

Nicola - posted on 11/03/2012

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Amanda, I am speechless that you would consider doing such things to a child. I personally would remove all children you have from your care, evil evil woman.

Danielle - posted on 11/02/2012

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It's hard to believe at such a young age, but even at 15 months they are trying to find their voice and place in the family. I found its helpful when they are helpful. Kids like to praised and feel helpful. I would give my daughter things to do to "help" mommy and that seemed to help her listen. Also giving your son a couple or a few choices that you are okay with. They feel like they have some control in making the choice and you will be happy with any of those choices.

Amber - posted on 11/02/2012

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Instead of chasing my daughter out of things, I baby-proofed my house so I could chase her for the fun of it. Lol I know there are different views on this, but I rid my home of most things within reach of my toddler as well as tables/shelves that were eye level in case she decided to run through the house. I wanted her environment completely safe. So what if I put my dust catchers up for a while? My husband found some old doors he cut in half and installed so there were many rooms she just couldn't get into at all, but she could still see us if we needed to be in the other area for a bit. Rooms she could get into contained drawer/cabinet stoppers.



I lived headache free knowing she was safe in whatever rooms she ran into before I could catch her. We of course put things back when she was old enough-and decided to rid ourselves of some items we didn't put back. Lol I remember crying like an idiot after removing the final drawer stopper knowing this stage of her life had come to an end, but it was nice to have the house back.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/02/2012

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Amanda "we go up to them and just hold them by their upper shoulder where the neck meets is. Just hold it there and tell them that you're only going to tell them one time. Then you tell them what you had asked them to do and they have to say yes and they go do it. If they still don't, do it again, but squeeze a little harder this time. Keep doing that until they are compliant. You can also do this by their elbow, just above it on both sides of the arm. For myself, is they talk back or hit me, I do this same thing. For my husband, if they talk back he will swat their mouth, it they hit he will swat their hand. I will only spank on the bum if it's the last resort. "



I am just under 5 ft. My husband is 6ft 1inch. So, our sizes are proportion to an adult and a child. I had him do this to me after reading your post originally this morning. Not only was it intimidating, but it hurt. His parents used to do the elbow trick, and he commented on how much that would hurt him. I don't care if you hate me, think I am a bitch, or think I am in this for attention. You know what I DO care about????? Then next time you do any of this to your kids, it will be impossible for you NOT to think about this post. I don't care what you say. It will stick with you. And you know why I hope and know it will stay with you? Cause the next time you do these things to your kids, you will have pause. You will think twice about this and whether it is ok to do. Maybe, hopefully, it will make you stop in your tracks. Hate me all you want. Hate me and take it out on me, call me what you want..I can take it. Just think before you intimidate and hurt your children.



Edited to add: Just because you don't leave bruises, does NOT mean it doesn't hurt. I just got pushed into a door jam by a dog today at work....it hurt. But I don't have a mark on me. It is still sore too.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/02/2012

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Ok...so smacking them in the mouth doesn't hurt????? Go ask someone to smack you in the mouth and see how it feels. And no, not doing this for attention, so stop trying to belittle my concerns and thoughts simply because you do not want to hear them. The more you defend it, the more I realize you know you are wrong. Nuff said. I told you I was leaving this, hoping you would let it go. You want to continue? Yet you are calling out my maturity? And have the audacity to comment when I already ended this yet your comment was "An adult would not go around bashing other peoples posts, they would leave it be because everyone has different opinions and not everyone agrees." Pot meet kettle. I have not bashed a thing. I have questioned your discipline, and I don't agree with it. That is what happens. Hell you even gave a warning at the beginning of your first post that not everyone will like what you had to say. If you have to make a disclaimer before posting knowing people will call you on it.....don't post it if you cannot handle responses. Get over it.

Amanda - posted on 11/02/2012

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Where I live it might be different from where you live. The only thing that is against the law here is spanking or hitting with an object, which I do not do. You blew what I said completely out of proportion. I never said I applied painful force them. This does not hurt. If it gets to the point where I see that it could hurt them, I stop. That is common sense. They cry because they don't like it and they can't get their way, not because it hurts. I can handle people like you perfectly fine. I know that by you acting this way you are looking for attention. You seriously need to get over the fact that you don't agree with what I do with my kids. An adult would not go around bashing other peoples posts, they would leave it be because everyone has different opinions and not everyone agrees. That does not mean we have to state our opinion constantly. From now on you can say whatever you want. I have better things to do than argue with someone like you. Your little game is done. I have nothing to defend because there is nothing wrong with what I'm doing. My children are never hurt.

Julie - posted on 11/02/2012

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Do you work? Do you HAVE TO or is time with your son worth the trade-off?



THEN I would highly reccomend that you deliberatly spend time with him - reading to him, playing simple games he can play...



It sounds as tho he is honestly starved for your attention; if a child doesn't get it when you are home it will act out to get it, even if it is negative attention -



Always speak positively to him and not negative.



LOVE him! ♥

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/02/2012

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I am tired of going back and forth with you though. Night.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/02/2012

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Soooooo.....when you told the cop you smack your kids in the mouth, they think that is perfectly fine. Okey dokey.



And nope, I have not blown anything out of proportion. I was responding to YOUR direct post. You telling me I need to grow up, clearly means you cannot handle someone disagreeing with you. I feel what you do to your kids is wrong. Just like the people who put hot peppers in their kids mouths for discipline. You post it, expect people to disagree with you. If you feel like I am putting you down, then that is on you. Once again, disagreeing with your techniques and pointing out how it intimidates and hurts, is not putting you down or attacking you. If you don't want people to disagree with what you say and do, be careful about what you post.

Amanda - posted on 11/02/2012

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We are not intimidating our children. They are learning respect which no kids these days know. We are doing nothing wrong, this is our way of doing things, and our kids are thriving. At the top if their class and don't have any issues with making friends or anything. We have actually talked to a couple if cops and I have a friend who runs a daycare. What we are doing is completely fine. We are in no way harming them. We are simply putting our fingers there. You have blown that completely out of proportion. I don't care that you're publicly attacking me. I stand firm in what I believe. What I don't agree with is that you feel the need to attack everyone who doesn't share your point of view. I respect the fact that you don't agree with what I do and respect that you do something else. Now you need to grow up and do the same. By constantly putting other people down you are trying to make yourself feel inferior. Nope, not working.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/02/2012

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And please feel free to report me at any time. Just because I highly disagree with the information you shared on a public forum that is completely open to anyone who joins and is highly public, does not mean I am attacking you. But go ahead and report me. See the report button on the right hand side under my post?? Have at it.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 11/02/2012

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Nope, just the mature type that understands what intimidating children can lead to, and physical abuse. Your parenting may show how much you love them, but the discipline in my opinion is way over the edge. Hell, you don't think what you do is wrong? Seriously? Go ask a cop or someone who does parenting classes about how you handle things, and they may see things much differently.

Norma - posted on 11/02/2012

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Just hang in there. Your son seems to like opening and closing the door and seeing your reactions. Please ignore his behavior, lock the door if you have to, and get interested in some fun activity; he will come around to see what you are interested in - gadget boxes, sandbox toys, bldg blocks, whatever. Take him to the park, playground to see others his age etc. Developmentally at this age, discipline doesn't work well. Stay on the positive side as much as possible and discipline him at this age only on things that might be detrimental to himself and others.

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