How do you discipline a toddler?
Consistency is the key. It's important for parents to decide what the rules are and stick with them.
In addition to being clear on what behaviors will be punished, don't forget to reward good behavior. Discipline is not just about punishment but also about recognizing good behavior. For example, I'll say, "I'm proud of you for sharing your toys with your brother." At times this is more effective than harping on the fact that they are not sharing! A lot of kids react better to praise.
My method of discipline is usually a timeout. When I give my child a timeout, it’s normally in a part of the house that is free of distractions and I ask my child to think about why they are in time out.
The length of a timeout is one minute for each year of age. After the timeout, we talk about why they were in a timeout and have them apologize for their behavior. Then we typically end the timeout with a hug and kiss. I am very clear with my children that even when Mommy is upset or mad, she always loves you!
Does anyone have any other suggestions if timeouts don’t work?
If you are ever in need of a little help, try reading The Happiest Toddler on the Block this book has some great ideas that will help with all different types of behaviors.