Dealing with my baby on her TERRIBLE TWO'S stage
November 7, 2012 9:33am CST
My kiddo is almost 2 years old. However I notice that shes becoming a little terror. I wonder how to deal with my little one. I am worried that if I scold her or spank her it will give her q trauma. She is becoming so curious of many things and usually doesn't listen. Help????
• United States
7 Nov 12
You need to be patient with your little one. They are just trying to learn, see, travel, do, everything they can in a moment.. You do need to teach them from right and wrong in these years.. hard to do, yet it can be done. Repetitive direction, time outs that do not last to long. Remember they do not have long term memories developed yet, working on them not there yet. When you say No, give a short reason why.. it does work when repeated enough times. Many people don't take the time to teach, they only complain about how curious our children are and want to know how to stop them. Well teach them why this is right and that is wrong. If you don't start now, the horrible three's are not going to be easy either. Don't use food as way for rewards either. Use doing fun things together, walks to the park, read a book. Something that is a positive for the child. It isn't easy, it is a job in itself to raise a child. If you loose your patience, please take a deep breathe, put them in a safe place and take a walk outside around the house before you take it out on the child. Remember to, to take in all this child of yours is learning in such a very short time.. This time is precious for you to.. to realize so much is learned in such a short time that YOU as the teacher, teaches.
• United States
26 Nov 16
I agree with the advice you were already given. Don't forget that she is exploring and learning new things. I found that when my now four year old daughter was dealing with that stage, time outs worked the best for her. It was something about her having to sit in one spot for her small amount of time that made her learn that she was doing wrong. She slowly stopped doing the things that got her in trouble. I tried to only punish her at first for the really bad things because it hurt my feelings to upset her. Like once she was trying to climb on the table my TV sits on and I wanted to be sure she knew not to do that. But I learned quickly that she started taking advantage of me because she got away with more. That's when timeouts started. Whatever you do just stick to it. It will get better!