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Name: Livy
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I have a fourteen and a half month old son and he is great. He is really sweet but he is at that getting into everything stage. I really want to tach him that some things are off limits though and I don't want to spank him. I know he knows what no means casue sometiems he listens, but sometimes he just laughs and does it anyway. I would feel bad smacking his little hand (my friend does to her son, but ...) but I want him to learn to listen to us. What have you done to discipline your little ones?
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Name: maxieellis | Date: Jul 13th, 2006 6:48 PM
Hi Livy that is a difficult one....mostly here its repeat, repeat, repeat to no end. Still...LOL! But with one so small yet its tough...testing you to they are and learning about boundaries some at least anyway. Tone of your voice says much also...like when they reach for the hot coffee on the table or anything like that..."DANGER!!!!!!" That was my word...and "STOP!~!!!!" Anyway hon...its just part of parenting.....not much help but support is all I can really offer. The repeating never ends .... it is some tireing and frustrating....but it goes with the teritory. Take care dear....it will come...one step at a time for both of you. 

Name: mommyagain | Date: Jul 13th, 2006 6:53 PM
Redirection is very important at that age. When he is messing with your plants in the living room go into his toy room or outside or whatever and get him a bucket with some leaves... take him either in the kitchen or out side and let him "plant his own plants". He keeps turning the t.v. on and off... find him a toy that he can turn on and off. Other than that there really isnt punishment for a 14 month old. When he is laughing he is testing you he is seeing how many times he can drop the cup off of the highchair and you still pick it up... dont keep picking it up. When he is done with snack let him down and he can pick it up. Just be consistant... I wasnt and my 2 year old went through the worst terrible 2's you can imagine!! 

Name: Lynne n | Date: Jul 13th, 2006 7:07 PM
I have a naughty corner with my son who is two next week. And it seems to work,i say no 3 times and then count to 3 if he still wont do as he is told then he sits in the naughty corner!
He pretty much does as he is told now but he does have his moments 

Name: maxieellis | Date: Jul 13th, 2006 7:15 PM
Gosh ladie you can tell my kids are older.......yes both mommyagain and Lynne have great suggestions. Redirection.......I forgot....I did that tons.....it works and Yes, I counted to three....still do and usually now at count one, they stop. 

Name: charla | Date: Jul 13th, 2006 7:21 PM
lol my now 3 year old counts with me and has a big grin on his face while he does it evadently im not convincing enough!!! he spends alot of time on his naughty rug. 

Name: maxieellis | Date: Jul 13th, 2006 7:41 PM
Sometimes its so hard to keep a straight face...I've had to leave the room to let out the giggle....that boy of mine....I dont drink but one day........I could be driven to it!!!!LOL! 


Name: charla | Date: Jul 13th, 2006 7:58 PM
i definatly know what you mean my first 2 were and are so sweet and generious and then theres carter ( my 3 year old ) so opposite but i love him all the same!!!! 

Name: Livy | Date: Jul 14th, 2006 5:58 PM
Wow! What a bunch of great ideas! I will have to try those things. I really try hard to be consistent, but sometimes I am in the middle of something and I just do whatever he wants to continue my project, I know I need to be better though or I am going to pay for it. I try to keep in mind he is only 14 months and I can't expect too much, but still I want to start setting boundries. I am glad there are experienced moms out there to help first-timers like myself out! Thanks! 

Name: mommyagain | Date: Jul 14th, 2006 7:15 PM
No problom Livy, even us who have been moms for a while still dont know everything!! just hang in there I know how hard it is... you have supper burning on the stove and your on the phone with your sister and "lil bit" just wont stay out of the toilet!! just do your best its all you can do! 

Name: Denise | Date: Jul 15th, 2006 4:51 AM
Has he learned to climb out of his pack and play or do you have one? If not, has he learned to climb out of his crib yet? If not, then that is where you could put him when you are busy or gate off a small area or room. 

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