Managing a toddler can be extremely difficult especially when the little one is in a difficult mood. For many mothers, doling out effective discipline is one of the toughest and most frustrating tasks of parenting.
But, how does one “discipline” a toddler? Is there any secret formulae to it? While some parents equate discipline by meting out spanking and punishment, some prefer to discipline their toddler in other ways.
In an article published in parents.com, Deborah Roth Ledley, Ph.D., author of Becoming a Calm Mom: How to Manage Stress and Enjoy the First Year of Motherhood says “Parents often think of discipline only in terms of punishment, but the origin of the word is 'to teach.”
According to an article titled 7 Secrets of Toddler Discipline by Stephanie Watson published in wemd.com, some simple tips to discipline an unruly toddler include:
• Being consistent by trying to follow the same schedule every day, which means having consistent nap times, mealtimes and bedtimes.
• Avoiding stressful situations by reading the trigger reactions – hunger, sleepiness and quick change of venues.
• Thinking like a toddler by allowing the toddler to decide by giving choices instead of the other way around.
• Practising the art of distraction by getting toddlers interested in another activity if they are doing something they are not supposed to do.
Remember that sometimes, in order to win the war, you have to lose a battle or two. Discipline should be seen as a form of teaching, not a form of punishment.
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