What do you think is an appropriate form of discipline for children 5 and under?

United States
January 26, 2010 1:17pm CST
Many of us have all been in the same situation with a screaming child in the store or mall and not knowing exactly how to handle the situation in public. With state and country laws prohibiting spanking, Super Nanny promoting time outs, and Dr. Phil saying that "Yelling is the New Spanking", its a wonder we parents have no clue what to do. I have a two year old daughter and she is definitely testing her boundaries. We incorporate several methods of discipline. Basically, I feel it depends on the situation at hand. She gets one verbal warning and then she is removed from the situation. If she repeats the offense, then she gets a short time-out. Lastly, if the bad behavior continues, then she gets a few good swats on the bottom. Most of the time it never escalates to a spanking. I don't believe in yelling, counting to 3 or multiple chances. I think bad behavior needs to be corrected immediately to avoid future confusion. What do you think? And what are your methods of discipline? Please no hateful comments, you may not agree with any form of discipline someone else uses but that does not give you the right to judge or be hateful.
2 people like this
2 responses
• United States
26 Jan 10
WTG mom. I have to agree with you on your form of discipline. We always got a swift pop on the bottom and turned out ok. Now I know that some parents can take it to an extreme by whipping their child but a swift pop simply gets their attention. And for little ones that are still in diapers they can't feel it but that loud pop they can hear and it changes their whole attitude. As they get older taking the things that are most important to them away also works well. We have told our youngest (17) that if he doesn't improve his grades then we are taking his phone away. The amazing part is that the grades went from low c's and d's to high c's and b's in less than 2 weeks.
• United States
26 Jan 10
17 is a hard age to deal with. I'm not looking forward to the teen years at all. lol. It is good to hear that there are still parents out there that care about their teens getting the right footing. Taking the phone away wasn't too harsh and it definitely seemed to work.
• United States
26 Jan 10
The sad thing was that we never actually had to take the phone away. We simply told him that if he didn't bring the grades up by the report card that we were taking the phone away. I love it when there is the power of persuation works. Don't get me wrong, I had already done the research on how to have the service suspended.
• United States
27 Jan 10
I agree with you on this one. My daughter is 15 and knows the law. I had to slap her face last night because she was disrespectful to me while on the phone. She had the nerve to call me a bird head while she had company here and was on the phone. I slapped her right in the face. Your daughter is two and she needs to know you mean business. You get a gold star for this one.