What is the best punishment for a two years old toddler?

@lyzabelle (1668)
Philippines
July 5, 2008 10:30am CST
My son is hyper active. He gets angry if he can't get what he wants. Sometimes...I'm losing my patience. But I'm not able to hit him yet...although I'm closer to doing it few times.
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@Kemboi (341)
• Eldoret, Kenya
5 Jul 08
Punishing bad behavior does not produce good behavior. Discipline includes the responsibility of the parent to drow out, encourage, and build good behaviour to take the place of the bad. Discipline includes both nurture and restriction - two necessary elements for living. A good gardener nurtures and prunes the plants for good fruit. Weeds flourish naturaly without special care. It is training we wish to provide for our child. Thinking of discipline in these broader terms helps us realize that methods of discipline can be more varied than we usually assume. Discipline includes everything a parent does or says to help the child learn and developed to maturity.
@Kemboi (341)
• Eldoret, Kenya
21 Aug 08
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@littleone3 (2065)
5 Jul 08
I also have a two year old that is like this. I do the same as someone else suggested i take away a toy if he has been misbehaving. Or sit him in the naugthy spot which he hates and he is very quick to get up and give you a hug his way of saying "Sorry". We are now finding that some of the time he only does it after eating certain things. It can also be because that he is trying to get his point across and does not yet have the right words to let you know whats wrong. Sometimes if you feel you have to hit him it is best to walk away, as long as your child is in a safe spot, and take time to calm down. Then you will probably feel more able to deal with your child.
• United States
5 Jul 08
Does he have a favorite toy or game? This would have to be something that he cherishes. Take it away and do not let him use it for the whole day. Explain to him the best you can why you are doing that. I have 2 boys that were very hyper at that age, hence the terrible 2's, and it does get better. My boys drank a lot of juice and the natural sugars added to the hyper activity. Maybe speaking with his pediatrician would give you some peace of mind. Good luck to you! :)
@teison2 (5923)
• Norway
5 Jul 08
It's hard, but I know you are right not to hit him. he'll just get more angry and learn violence is ok if you are frustrated. i'd try taking something he loves away for a while.
5 Jul 08
hi hun i also have a hyperactive 2 year old with suspected ahdh and or aspergers. The honest answer is i really dont know i am in the same position as yourself and have tried most forms of punishment from the naughty step to smaking and nothing seems to work at all, i am under the hospital with him at the moment so am just hoping something will be done as he is totally out of controll right now. i didnt want to leave this unanswered tho and i just wanted you to know you are not alone in your struggle. big hugs Lucy xxx