I have a 15 month old.... DISCIPLINE????? SOS..HELP!

Colleen - posted on 11/02/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Nobody told me how hard is to have a toddler. Recently I've started to lose my patience. I need some advice on discipline on what is right and what is wrong. Everyone else has consistency and persistency with her except me she doesn't listen I tell her "NO" and she goes about her day and of course one ear and out the other. Getting frustrated doesn't help me one bit. I am overwhelmed. After I do discipline she always gives me hugs and kisses after she's not into trouble. I understand she is a little one still but I want to start the right thing before terrible two's and three's come along. I am a great mother and I just want to be the closes thing to her. I really don't know what to do....HELP. She is a blessing and one of the best things that's ever happened to me. She is normally very good. She was great during the infant months just right after she turned one it's became chaotic. She recently started hitting me in the face smiles and laughs about it but sometimes she will do it out of anger. I love her to death and want the best thing.

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Amy - posted on 11/02/2012

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When my daughter went through the hitting stage we would tell her in a very low stern voice "don't hit, nice touches" and then we would show her what she meant. If she hit a second time we would say "don't hit" and then we would walk away and ignore her. More than likely she is doing it because she gets a reaction from you. Some other things you can try instead of saying no all the time try "don't touch" when she's getting ready to touch something she shouldn't. I also found redirection worked well. So if my daughter kept going after something that she shouldn't have I would do something else like sit with her and read a book. Make sure you give her a safe area to explore where you won't have to be saying No all the time. That may mean you have to do some baby proofing but for your sanity it's worth it. My final bit of advice is to choose your battles, and positive reinforcement goes a long way, sometimes toddlers just want attention and they really don't care if it's bad attention so if you are overly attentive when they are being good it reinforces that behavior.

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