How do you discipline your child?

United States
August 3, 2008 12:12am CST
I was just wondering how most of you teach your child right from wrong at a very young age. My child is going to be turning one years old and of course he is into everything and there are things he needs to learn he can't get into. I'm not one for slapping his hand or spanking him, so I was just curious what other ideas you use.
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@nina0220 (73)
• Philippines
3 Aug 08
A simple "no" response will do. When my son was growing up, he was a very well-disciplined boy. I never use any physical means to tell him that what he was doing was wrong. As parents, we should never under estimate the capacity of a child to learn and understand anything that we want to teach him especially at an early age. Discipline can be taught verbally using kind words and you have to be firm in every decision you make to be effective.
• United States
16 Aug 08
I have tired the firm no and sometimes it works and sometimes not. Sometimes he thinks it is funny until I move him away from the object and to something else. I guess he is slowly learning and probably testing me.
@zeny_zion (1284)
• Philippines
12 Aug 08
by talking to them nicely. correct them if they done wrong. no spanking. just tell them that what they did is bad and wrong. give them reward everytime they do good things. always explain why they dont have to be bratty or why do they have to follow moms order.
• United States
16 Aug 08
Thanks for the advice. I always hated it when my parents would tell me I can't do something and when I would ask why, they would say "Because I said so". That just made me of course want to do it more.
@Tanewha (69)
• Germany
3 Aug 08
I am glad you are not into hitting your child. All that teaches them is that it is OK for a bigger person to hit a smaller one. My daughter has never been hit by an adult in her life and at 13 she is generally well behaved for a teenager going through puberty. Even through the "terrible twos" she was told off with an explanation as to why what she was doing was wrong. Be escpecailly carefull not to discipline the child's natrual curiosity out of him. School will do enough damage in that respect as it is.
• United States
16 Aug 08
Well, I am glad your child is so well behaved and already to the age of 13. Great job. Hopefully, mine will be the same way.
• Philippines
3 Aug 08
a firm NO with a serious look does it for me.. the most extreme, which means he still keeps on doing the things we told him not to do, would be to spank his hand or make him face the corner until we know he remembers what is it that made us do that. the problem i have is that sometimes he's just being so playful that you know he does things to make you react, but you know he understands what he's doing.
• United States
16 Aug 08
My husband tried the corner thing a couple of times but to my child it isn't very affective. He doesn't really get why he is in the corner and just gets really upset at his dad for putting him there. Maybe when he is a little older.
@shrashira (438)
• United States
3 Aug 08
A simple wrap on the hand is fine, with a firm "NO". Don't over do it. Don't blind side them. Make it quick therefore making it affective. Spanking is won't work until they can associate it with the wrong doing. The hand wrap is fast and to the point. Many people don't approve of this, most not having kids. It may seem barbaric, but it is needed.
• United States
16 Aug 08
Thanks for the advice.