Is your approach to managing your child’s behavior in line with the experts? Here are some
age appropriate suggestions for discipline:
Discipline at this age is never appropriate.
Shower him with love and affection – you can’t spoil an infant.
Respond to her needs. When she cries, try to determine why. Is she hungry, wet, tired?
Responding quickly to your baby builds the trusting relationship she needs to thrive.
Crawlers, Cruisers, and New Walkers:
Begin to set limits by focusing on safety. Does your baby look to see if you are watching
him? He is now looking to you to let him know what is okay and what is not.
Introduce “no” only for safety issues – if a child hears “no” too commonly, it will not
have any meaning to her. Instead, use language that tells children what they can or
Stay one step ahead. Distract or re-direct a child from unsafe objects or activities and
child-proof your home.
Use non-verbal communication. A stern look or a “thumbs up” can say a lot to your child.
Toddlers (two years and up):
Set clear rules and enforce them consistently.
Avoid situations that are hard for your child. Don’t take your overtired child to the
Create consequences that relate to the behavior. For example, if your child is acting
out, remove him from the situation until he is able to calm down.
Make consequences immediate. If you threaten or leave the consequences until later, a
child is less likely to understand what he needs to do next time.
Be patient. Discipline can be difficult for everyone. Take a deep breath or count to ten
before you react to your child.
For more information on managing your child’s behavior, visit www.BornLearning.org