As children grow and explore newer activities, it becomes necessary to exercise at least some level of authority over them. Parents need to teach their toddlers to accept authority when it is communicated to them. The trick to disciplining your toddler is to be firm, yet gentle. Remember, you are doing it for your toddler’s good.
Here are some tips to help you discipline your toddler in a positive way without being harsh or cruel:
- Give clear directives: Leave no room for miscommunication while giving instructions to your child.
- Be practical: Be aware regarding what constitutes normal behavior at your child’s age. Set realistic expectations based on this knowledge.
- Be committed: Stick by your words no matter what. If you are not consistent and or give in too easily, chances are your toddler will not take you seriously.
- Practice what you preach: If you routinely do something that you have defined as incorrect, your toddler will not understand why there are different rules for you. Make it a point to use “please” and “thank you” yourself, for instance, in order to get your child to use them. You may even give your toddler the chance to correct you if you do not follow the rules you make.
- Understand the mental level of your toddler: You need to explain the consequences of undisciplined behavior in a manner that is comprehensible to your child.