Please share how to handle a toddler

Ayesha - posted on 10/09/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi,I have a daughter who is 3 year old and a son who is 7 months...I don't have any help to manage both with the home...my daughter is extra active,I m totally lost how to manage both,can somebody please help...my daughter doesn't listen to me at all,her teachers complain about her that she is very naughty,what should I do ?

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Krystle - posted on 10/09/2012

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Time outs are great! It may take a while for her to understand she has to stay and sit but once they do it helps. I have an extremely active 3 year old boy he and the only way for him to have time out is to put him in a chair in front of me ( not facing me) and I sit behind him and practically hold him there. He kicks and screams for all 3 min usually but by the end he is fine. We talk about why he was in time out then give hugs and kisses. I know it's hard with another little one running around as I have a 19 month old girl as well. Be sure to reward them for things they do..."oh wow look at that tower of blocks you built I love it" little praise goes a long way. Also, the acting out could be because she wants more attention from you since there is a younger sibling so try to involve her in things you are doing. Give her a broom to help clean, let her help with dinner, let her help change baby brother...keeping her busy, in view and she gets your attention. Remember that you are mom, what you says goes and if she has a fit let her have it, dont give in. Stay strong it will get easier.

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Stacia - posted on 10/26/2012

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I find that my 3-year-old acts out more when he's bored. Maybe find an activity that interests her - something active - like painting, playing with moon dough, reading a book, a sport, or dance/gymnastics class. Just a thought. Then maybe she'll behave better in class cause she'll be happier and less irritated over all.

Jules - posted on 10/23/2012

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I have a 10yr old, a 2 yr old & a 3 mo old. First & foremost they have to get outside. Our children don't get the energy burned off & get the wiggles & awnry. I do time outs but sometimes it goes to the next level with the threat of a spanking. I can count on one hand how many times I have actually had to, but I believe there is a horrific lack of discipline & teaching of respect. Anyhoo, plenty of exercise, snacks between meals & quiet time keeps everyone in an agreeable mood.

Cheryl - posted on 10/22/2012

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Hey I like the time out idea. I also have a three year old. I am currently struggling with consequences for actions and not listening to me. What happens when you count to three and they don't do what you've asked?

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