Terrible Twos

Delphine - posted on 12/04/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I discipline my little girl but it doesn't work so what do I supposed to do now?

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Tasha - posted on 12/10/2008

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I agree with the other moms, concistency and explaining what she is on time out for. You ahve to find something that works for you- if you are trying something you should probably stick with it for at least a week so you can really see if it works.

Kim - posted on 12/09/2008

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When my 2 year old is getting into trouble I get down to his level and tell him what he is doind wrong and tell him that that is his warning and next time he will be put in time out. If he continues to do whatever it was that was wrong then i take him to the first step of out stairs and walk away (he know that is the time out step) i set a timer for 2 minutes (one minute per year) after the 2 minutes i go to him tell him why he was put there and that that behavior is bad then tell him to say sorry (which he can't say yet but we are working on that) then we give hugs and kisses. sometimes as soon as i go to him he is already trying to kiss me. Hope this helps!

Rebecca - posted on 12/08/2008

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the biggest thing you need to remember is be consistent. your daughter will test you over and again. being consistent shows her boundaries and she will learn those boundaries and be looking for them. children need them and feel safe and loved when they have them. if you are not consistent she won't know what she can and can not do and will continue to test you until the boundaries are clear. it may take some time and some tears from both of you but she will get the picture.

Melissa - posted on 12/07/2008

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My 2 year old spends alot of time in Time Out. Infact he will tell others that make him mad that they are in Time Out. I didn't think it would work but surprisingly it has. I am actually getting days where he only goes in Time Out a couple of times instead of most of the day. I put him in Time Out for 2 minutes each time (1 min per 1 year) and if he gets up from the spot the 2 mins starts over. I have Time Out spots throughout the house and he goes to the closest one when I tell him to. During and after the 2 mins I tell him why he was in Time Out and why he can't do that, then a hug and kiss. Hope this helps.

Andrea - posted on 12/04/2008

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I'm not sure what you mean by "discipline" - one of the things I have seen work really well, both while working at a nursery and in my own family, is to make bad behavior have appropriate consequences. Ie., if you break a toy, you have to help fix it or use own pocket money to replace it. If you hurt someone, you have to help them - an icepack, a bandaid, a hug, etc. If you make a mess, you have to help clean it up. They get the idea from a really young age and it gels with their understanding of what is fair and just. Hope that helps... Good luck!

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