Choosing a Discipline Method for a Toddler
An effective toddler discipline method:
- suits your child's age, development, and temperament.
- is a good fit with your overall childrearing philosophy.
- is fair.
- is easy to implement.
- is consistent in its expectations as well as consequences.
- teaches your child to make good decisions in the future, instead of just punishing the most recent misbehavior.
- teaches your child respect—how to give it and receive it.
- doesn't humiliate or harm your child.
- doesn't rely on fear, threats, or intimidation as motivators.
- makes good behavior feel rewarding and bad behavior seem less appealing.
- leaves you and your child feeling good about yourselves and helps build a bond between you.
- can be faithfully carried out by grandparents, nannies, babysitters, or other caregivers.
Finally, as your toddler grows and changes, don't be afraid to revisit any discipline method that becomes ineffective, and choose a new one if necessary.