Determining the best and most successful way to discipline your toddler is not an easy thing to do. When your child is inquisitive about something that might be harmful to him/her, you need to change gears and start applying toddler discipline. Corrective action is essential so that your kid learns acceptable behavior.
It is possible to discipline your kid and also to preserve a strong bond with him/her. Here are 7 effective tips to discipline your toddler:
- Try to be consistent: It is very important for every parent to be consistent, so that the child behaves in a positive manner, and at the same time they stays calm listens to you. Make sure your instructions should be firm. By setting a good and consistent example, your child will see you as a trustworthy source of information and will, therefore, respect you. Being reliable will make your child feel much more safe and secure.your consistency will also make your kids see you as an expert consultant.
- Stay calm: Rather than yelling at your child, you should always stay calm. You have to be patient and need to use a cordial tone. By doing this, you can grab your child’s attention as he/she will listen to you calmly. As a parent, always keep realistic expectations from your child and keep on reminding yourself that angry connections will harmfully impact your child. Influence will only come from a child wanting to be controlled by you.
- Supervise: Supervising and coaching are the most important and effective tools to discipline your child. Children don’t know what could be dangerous, they are naturally curious to know about many things, they don’t know about the consequences of bad things. This is why your child will not learn appropriate behavior if you don’t coach or supervise him/her.
- Use time-outs: Time-outs are very helpful. They give your child the opportunity to regroup and calm down. Make sure that you don’t interact with your child during the period of a time out. Your child should understand that if he/she does the same wrong thing again, he/she won’t be able to be a part of regular things for a while.
- Get down to your child’s eye level: An effective way to make your child feel safer and more connected to you is to get down so that you’re at his / her eye level. Make sure that you are making regular eye contact with your child, and tell him/her in a short but firm way what you want him/her to do.
- Offer choices: Giving your child choices is an effective way to discipline him/her. When given options, your child understands the ways he/she can solve the problem. This will also help your child develop problem-solving skills.
- Be empathetic and stay positive: No matter how irritated and annoyed you are, but make sure you always remain positive and calm in front of your child. Try to be empathetic and understand your child’s difficulties and feelings. Always talk to your child about how he/she is feeling and try to find out the core reasons for your child’s bad behavior.
It is important to know that making your child learn how to make the right choice is the essence of disciplining your child.