Toddlers are exploring where their boundaries lie.
If you want your kids to listen as teenagers, you need to be consistent now with showing them the boundaries.
Always give one warning and then immediate consequence if they continue. Use whatever works for your child.
Any form of discipline can be considered abusive when you use it the wrong way. Abuse is when you use discipline for no rhyme or reason, just to be cruel or when you are disciplining for something your child has no comprehension of, or without warning or consistency.
We spank our daughter because it is immediate and she understands that it means she crossed the line. We don't even do it hard enough to hurt. We stopped doing time-outs because it confused her. When we put her down for a nap, she thought it was because she was naughty.
I think it's equally important to have hugs, kisses afterward so your child knows that even though they crossed the line, you forgi
at 1:27 PM on Jul. 17, 2008