need adivce.

Melissa - posted on 06/07/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a 7 month old little girl. I need to know if its OK to punish her when she is getting into thing when she is not apposed to. I tell her no all the time but she still dose it anyways. I know that i cant spank her and i don't want to. i need to find another way to punish her.
please help.

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Crystal - posted on 06/10/2010

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A lot of people may not agree with this, but I flick her fingers when she touchs things she is not supposed to. She has only ever tested me a couple times because she knows she is getting her fingers flicked. I don't do it hard to hurt her, just to get her attention. Or I slap her hands, but again, not to hurt her, just get her attention. I would consider this a last resort though. I have only had to flick her fingers a couple times but it works, and she knows I mean business. Good Luck!!

Christina - posted on 06/07/2010

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It is definately NOT too early to punish her! Make sure when you tell her NO that it is a firm no, so she knows (and will recognize) that she is not supposed to be doing that!

Karen - posted on 06/07/2010

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Praise her a lot for the things she does correctly. When she does something wrong you'll have to tell her no and mean it. Remove her from the situation and giver something to do that is acceptable. You'll feel like a broken record at times, but she'll eventually catch up. Good luck!

Katherine - posted on 06/07/2010

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I don't know if that young an age it would do any good. Understanding the difference between right and wrong is a highly complex skill for a child to learn and at 7 months they just can't grasp it. I don't even know if at 7 months she can understand no. I have a 7 month old and he barely pays attention to us...he will only turn his head to his name if there isn't something more exciting going on. We have moved all the things he isn't supposed to get into because he doesn't understand between yes and no.

CARRIE - posted on 06/07/2010

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At that age the best thing you can do is firmly tell her no and take her away from what she is getting into. And if she continues going right back where she shouldn't be than put her in her playpen for 5 or 10 minutes after you tell her no and take her away from where she shouldn't be. It's hard to actually discipline a child that age but, they will eventually learn if you are consistent with how you handle them. Repetition is how they learn. You can never have enough patients at this age because they want to explore their world so badly and don't yet understand danger.

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