How should I handle my child not listening?

Kristen - posted on 09/28/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter Cassaundra is almost 2 1/2 years old and she has hit the age where she doesn't want to listen. When her father or I ask her to do something, it doesn't happen. When she is doing something bad and we tell her to stop, she just continues to do it. I just want to know how to handle this or discipline her for these actions. Help me PLEASE!!!!

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My son is 26 months old. He totally does the same thing. I think it's part of being two and testing his limits. If I want him to do something I do one of a few things. I give him the option of picking up his toys or no book at nap time. Or we theaten him by telling him he will go straight to his room for bed. We have him sit in the corner and face the wall (this is really cute and the fact that he stays there makes me quietly laugh to myself).
I also have him look at me in the eye. Also taking him to another room and away from other people or the scene of the crime helps. even if that means picking him up and take him away kicking and screaming (which isn't any fun in public).
Just try and remind yourself it's just a part of being two. Three's come with a whole new set of challenges I hear.
Good luck

Diana - posted on 09/30/2009

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great book that helped me "love and logic" it works but I am still working on my 3rd old. Choices are good for them just make them choices that you can live with. If I ask my son to pick up his toys and doesn't and I pick them up...so sad and now they are mine for a 24 hour period trust me next time they will pick them up.

Melissa - posted on 09/28/2009

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Get down on your childs level and speak firmly and seriously....trust me i know how hard this is especially when they are doing something thats bad but hilarious! if your child still refuses to listen take away what she is doing or tell her if she doesnt do what your or dad are asking, she doesn't get to do something she wants. this usually works for me.

Priscilla - posted on 09/28/2009

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Sorry I dont have any helpful ideas but I am going through the same thing with my 21/2 year old. He is like dr jeckel and Mr. Hyde. One minute he is as sweet as pie and the next WOW!! It feels like I am on a constant roller coaster :-)

Darci - posted on 09/28/2009

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I do not have the perfect solution by any means. I have a 3-year old and a 2-year old; they both have their moments when they don't want to listen. One thing that has helped is to get them to look at me when I am talking to them. I just make sure I have their attention before I say anything that I REALLY want them to hear.

I also make a habit of giving them choices - both of which I would be happy with. I will often say things like: You can either pick up your toys or go sit on your bed.

Good luck.

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