just a toddler

Amy - posted on 11/26/2008 ( 1 mom has responded )

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my son is 15months in the last week he has started being deliberately naughty. looking at me when he's about to do something and then going ahead when told no. i don't ever want to use smacking how do i deal with this

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Maria - posted on 11/26/2008

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So, this is one of those situations where the advice is really easy to give and much harder to take!!! :)



Your son is testing you and learning what his boundaries are. Stay calm and distract and redirect him to something more appropriate. You will get good at this!! I always try to find something similar to the "naughty" activity, but of course a better alternative since I believe that they are craving something in particular and need a safe outlet for that energy. For example my 21 month old LOVES to climb on things and gets her self into unsafe situations. When she gets this way I have few small, soft items (foam chairs, big floor pillows, her crib mattress, etc) that I will build her something to climb and play on....she's safe, having fun and I am not frustrated or worried. :)



There will be times where you won't be able to make anyone happy, but just stay consistent. Good luck...it is exhausting work, but of course worth every minute of it!

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