how to get your 1 year old to listen

Shannon - posted on 01/30/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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he knows what no means and he also knows that he is doing something naughty but he looks at me and smiles and does it all over again i don't believe in spanking and he is too young to be punished like bigger kids so what can i do

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Leanne - posted on 01/30/2010

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My ten month old does that to me! I say "No" sternly and tell him he's not allowed to do something.. He just smiles, laughs sometimes and continues to do it.

If it's something he can hurt himself on I give him a tap on the hand and say no then move him away from what he was doing and give him a toy to play with. If it's just something I don't want him doing I say no and then move him and give him a toy.
I need to do this about ten time in a row sometimes! Hopefully one day he will get that he's not allowed. haha

Pauline - posted on 01/30/2010

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The art of distraction!!!! Get his attention on something else......to help with listening( and still do it with my four yr old) play hands on heads, knees, nose etc gets their attention quite fast and then once you've really got them listening you can explain, ask, etc....

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