When do you start discipling your child?

Ann - posted on 09/14/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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There's alot of things I said I would never do once I was a mother, and I'm starting to eat my own words. One thing I don't want to slack on is discipline. I don't want my 2 year old throwing fits in stores and when I ask him not to touch things, I want him to back right off. I've seen children who are extremely well behaved but no ones has ever really told me what age they started training this behavior. My son is almost 8 months old, when I tell him "no thank you" he stops what hes doing and looks at me. He understands no but is that the extent of it? Is that really all it is?

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Ann - posted on 09/14/2009

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Huge help thank you! I didn't mean any offense, I know kids throw tantrums regardless of how much training they have, every childs different. Some kids you can tell have zero disciplining. Thanks for that though that was very helpful!!!

Jen - posted on 09/14/2009

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When your child is old enough to understand a few simple directions than they are old enough for discipline. My daughter was able to understand a lot at around 11 months and so when she started misbehaving we put her in time out. When she was about 12-13 months old time out was great. She'd sit there no problem. Then around 15 months she had a bad case of the terrible 2's. I constantly had to put her back and she'd scream and scream and scream until her min. was up. However, it has payed off. She hasn't been to time out in a few weeks and the last time she was there it was for biting. We started young because our daughter was fully capable of handling it. She's 21 months now, but we treat her like a 3 year old because that it how she acts. We've never babied her or said she's not old enough for that yet because we knew she understood what we were telling her. She even tests her limits which she gets a little pat on the butt for. We also do some spanking, but only for things that need immediate correction and only after being warned a few times beforehand. I tend to think that my daughter is pretty well behaved, but she does have her moments. She has thrown fits in the store and at the dinner table in public, but we're working on it and it doesn't stop us from not bringing her out in public. In the grocery store we now put her in the carts that are shaped like cars so that she can "drive" while we shop. At restaurants we always make sure we have toys to play with before the food gets there or we've also been known to count the coasters on the table and other learning things to keep her distracted from being hungry. I hope that helps some. Good luck.

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