when your children are acting up...

Canada
February 10, 2007 8:03pm CST
What do you do? Do you spank them, and send them on their merry way? Do you yell, or do you keep it all inside when they act up? Personally I try to talk with them first, then see what the issue is. Of course if its something that you need to step in and take control of, I will do that too... So, what do you do?
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• United States
11 Feb 07
my son is 1 and is going through a terrible 2 stage early!!! so no matter where we go he is all over the place and he gets into everything and i have to chase him around everywhere. So after a while to get his attention i'll tap him on the butt or raise my voice to get to him.
• United States
11 Feb 07
ive never spanked my son and would be very mad if i ever found out anyone else did! anyways.. when my son acts up i ask him what the problem is and tell him to talk to my calmly.. usually he doesnt though and just continues his fussing, so i tell him to stop fussing or he can go into time out! sometimes that works other times he ends up in time out.. i do yell from time to time.. usually only his name.. he knows hes going to be in trouble when i yell if he doesnt stop doing things he knows he shouldnt! so usually the yelling doesnt go very far :)
@apky12 (775)
• United States
11 Feb 07
My children are very little. They are 1 1/2 and 2 1/2. When they act up, which is about 20 times a day :), I usually give them a warning and then I put them in timeout. I've found this to be the most affective for both of them. They don't like to be left out of anything so they don't like timeout. I try not to yell because it doesn't work at all. I also try not to spank because it's not affective and it's only a "at the moment" resolution. I would only spank if they did something like run in front of a car but even then I try to get down and talk to them.
@XxAngelxX (2832)
• Canada
11 Feb 07
I try to talk to my children too and find out what or who is causing the problem. I'm a really big fan of time outs, and if that fails they get grounded for misbehaving. There is usually a reason they are acting up and more often than not, it's because they are overtired. On these occasions I try very hard to keep my cool and just end up putting them to bed early that night.