When to begin disciplining child

Liz - posted on 11/06/2008 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi, I have a 13 1/2 month old, and a very strong-willed one at that. I am curious, at what age is it appropriate to begin disciplining? (i.e., sitting in the corner when bad, etc.) I have already been telling him no on certain things he tries to do of course, but not sure when to really build upon this, and to continue to establish right from wrong, but not ruin his self-esteem, either. Any thoughts would be helpful.

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Jennifer - posted on 11/06/2008

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id say when you know your child knows that he/she isn't supposed to do what they are doing...after you told them once, twice already, i started off by taking something away, example, my son would throw balls in the appartment, i told him..no throwing...only rolling...if he still didn't listen after i told him twice then the ball was taken away (put up high, but not out of sight..he needed to know it was now taken away), also with throwing food, if he KNEW that was not allowed then i took the rest of his food away (or i might do it and then give him ONE more chance if he cried), but it depends on the child, make sure the child is old enough to know whats right or wrong, if he/she doesn't know what their doing is right or wrong then show them my son is 21/2 now and he tests me, he smiles and looks at me when hes doing wrong to see what i do, i show him i mean business and now hes old enough that he only gets told once before time out...does this help/make sense?

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