How to Properly Discipline a Toddler
Disciplining a toddler can be one of the toughest jobs a parent has in raising a child. Every day toddlers learn new abilities and new skills that challenge parenting skills. Just when you think you have something figured out your toddler figures out something else to outsmart you. One way of learning new techniques of parenting is to take a parenting class. At parentingclassonline.net we teach the following parenting techniques regarding disciplining your toddler:
When it comes to disciplining a toddler it is very important to be consistent. Parents who don't stick to the rules and consequences have children who know they don't have to follow the rules because nothing happens if they don't. For example, if you tell your toddler that a timeout is a consequence for bad behavior be sure to enforce it. But here's the catch: Only issue warnings for things that you plan to follow through on. Empty threats undermine your authority.
Toddlers are naturally curious, so it's wise to eliminate temptations whenever possible. That means items like TVs, phones, and video equipment should be kept out of reach, as well as choking hazards like jewelry, buttons, and small items that kids can put in their mouths.
And always keep cleaning supplies and medications stored safely away where kids can't get to them.
If your roving toddler does head toward an unacceptable or dangerous play object, calmly say "No" and either remove your child from the area or distract him or her with another activity.
It's important to not spank, hit, or slap your child. At this age, kids are unlikely to be able to make a connection between the behavior and physical punishment.
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