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Handle toddler punishments without the stress

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Handle toddler punishments without the stress

It can hard in the earliest stages of fatherhood to dole out discipline to your toddler. He or she probably won't respond well to being reprimanded for acting out, so it's important that you know how to handle punishments without shaming or upsetting your child.

BabyCenter suggested viewing discipline as an opportunity to teach your son or daughter how to interact with others and impart lifelong wisdom on them. They may not know it at the time, but over the years they'll come to appreciate the choices you made as a father.

Walk in their diapers
It's understandably difficult, but Ask Dr. Sears explained that trying to see the world through a toddler's eyes might help you think more rationally. Don't immediately jump to how a given action inconveniences or affects you - rather, try to determine why your son or daughter is acting out. Getting outside of your concerns and into their minds can save you good deal of stress and mental strain.

Fit the sentence to the crime
If your son throws food at the dinner table, end the meal and take his plate away. If your daughter refuses to get ready in time, you can cancel any trips to the park or zoo. Your children will learn best when they endure consequences that coincide with their actions. If you simply use time-outs, they'll never equate specific behavior with related punishments.

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