Every day your little one masters new ability and accomplishes new feats. Disciplining them can be challenging as they are using new skills and testing boundaries all around them.
Why is Disciplining Important Even at an early age?
Disciplining will help your child to fit into the real world more happily and efficiently. A good discipline will instill appropriate and acceptable behaviour so that your child grows up to be an emotionally mature adult.
Here are Some Of the Tricks to Discipline your Child.
From Birth to 12 Months
Infants are habituated to a schedule for feeding, sleeping, playing and interacting with others. This schedule gives them a sense of predictability and safety. It is important not to over stimulate them. Time-outs spanking or reasoning or applying consequences are not really the best way to discipline babies at this age.
From 12 Months to 18 Months
Babies and toddlers are generally curious. It would be wise to keep equipments such as television, stereo, jewelry, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and medications out of your child’s way.
Distract and Redirect
“Do as I say, but not as I do” is not really an effective way to discipline your child. Be a role model and let the child follow you.2
Whenever your child is heading towards an unacceptable or dangerous play object, calmly say ‘NO’ and immediately distract him with an appropriate object or activity. For example, your child wants to play with a breakable glass object on a hard floor. The best way to handle them is to remove your child and object and redirect him to a safer and appropriate activity.
Do not Punish Physically
Do not spank, hit or slap, no matter what age your child is. Babies and toddlers cannot relate their behaviour with physical punishment.
Be a Role Model
Make sure you practice what you preach to the little ones. You cannot order your child to pick toys while your stuff is scattered around in the room.
Do not Enforce Timeouts
Babies and toddlers are prone to fears of abandonment. Do not leave the child unsupervised to bring in discipline. Time outs are inappropriate for children below 2 years of age.
Being Verbal Does Not Help
Children’s are not mature enough to understand your long verbal directions or explanations. Use only short verbal directions to redirect the child such as ‘NO’ or ‘NO-hot’.