How to discipline a toddler?

Ankita - posted on 04/05/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Is it ok to spank a toddler or its the wrong thing to do to teach him right and wrong...He gets very very indisclipined at times and its tough to handle

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Laura - posted on 05/07/2010

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a light spanking is usually ok...it's more of a shock factor than anything else at that age. forced Time outs are good too...tho in the beginning you may have to hold him in you lap for the time out until he learns what time out is, both of mine also responded pretty well to the count to 3 option. of course , you can't overuse it, and if you make it to 3, you do have to reinforce it...but oddly enough, both my kids learned to stop what they were doin by count of 2, was a while before i ever even had to say 3, let alone make myself follow thru with a punishment.

Pamela - posted on 04/21/2010

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since 16 Months of age I have been using the naughty spot I also spank though when he really has not listened and the naughty spot has not worked most of the time just the word naughty spot is enough to stop him and some times when I say Cameron !! he will take him self to the naughty spot and say ohh no naughty! I make him stay there 1.5 minutes any longer and he will have forgotten why he is thee I explain why I put him there and we continue as normal .. my 13 month old is a terror at the moment and he got his first serve of the naughty spot today ( 30 seconds) he screams and is very rough, I have also spanked my 13 month old twice as he will just not stop hurting his brother but Im really not sure that was the right thing to do Im telling him not to hurt people by hurting him so I don't think Im going to do it again. I find when my 13 month old just wont calm down I say to him Im putting you in your room till you calm down with some food and a drink, he sits on the end of his bed its so cute!! it seems to work but that is not so much when he needs disciplining as to when he has a clean nappy has just woken up and he wont calm down or let me cuddle him he is so worked up over something but I really have no idea what it is.

Different things work with different kids but I think consistency is the key !!

Shelley - posted on 04/14/2010

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I have 2yr old and I have tried the time out and spanking and none of it seems to work. He is very stubborn. Any other ideas on discipiline?

Kristin - posted on 04/05/2010

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I would think it should be the last resort because it is teaching them that it is ok to hit when you are scared/angry/upset. I think it is best to try and keep your cool and give them some time to cool off such as in a time out.

Becky - posted on 04/05/2010

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I believe it is ok. I've been spanking my son since he was around a year old I only do it once and not as hard as i can and i tend to reserve spanking for serious problems such as running into the road or walking out of the house by himself other times if I'm at home I put him in time out for under 5 minutes, my son is 2 and it seems to work sometimes he just needs a little quiet time to himself to settle down.

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