Kids of every age are smart and very adept at sensing indecision or wavering in parents.If a child thinks for one second that they can get away with an offense, they will try it—and if not called out by their parents for their indiscretion, will learn early on that they can work the system in their house!If you are a good listener, I will consider reading you two stories. Kids at this age tend to feel like their lives are mostly mapped out for them on a day-to-day basis, so it’s important to give them some freedom of choice throughout the day. What if someone told you what you were to wear and eat, when you would go to work and come home, and who you would socialize with each and everyday. Young children are no different and giving them some wiggle room each day is a loving form of discipline that is likely to decrease their tantrums and acting out.If you have a tantrum, you will go right to bed.” When you tell your child matter-of-factly that you are in fact in charge and then propose a consistent routine each day, whether we’re talking about bedtime rituals or overall discipline, your child begins to know what to expect and feels secure within the rules of the house. Here’s a good example: Trey is a spirited, strong-willed 2 ½ year old child who likes to have his way.It’s unreasonable to expect anything else, so while it can be frustrating for you as the parent to have to continue disciplining your child for what seems like the same offenses over and over, remember how frustrated your child is and how normal it is for her to act out.
Discipline teaches the most important values we as parents can impart to our children: self-control, boundaries, respect, and the ability to honor those around us. Step 1: Be “Swift and Safe.” Discipline is different for each stage of your child’s development.Related content: Hitting, Biting and Kicking: How to Stop Aggressive Behavior in Young Children Step 2: The Consistency Piece.The second step to effective discipline is consistency.” Before naptime she’ll announce, “It’s time to take our nap in 15 minutes.