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How do you build up a discipline in your preschooler?

How to have him do things (bed, dressing himself, toys etc.) on time? He can play with other toy when one is taken away. Or he can step away from the table at dinner time. How to deal with it? Thanks


Asked by Anonymous at 7:09 PM on Feb. 7, 2013 in General Parenting

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  • Well, some things you just move on if he's not ready. For example, if it's time for bed and he's not in his pj's, he goes to bed in just his undies. If it's time to leave for daycare and he's not done eating breakfast, then he goes with only half a tummyful of food. He gets a set amount of time to eat dinner and when time's up, dinner goes away and he goes to bed hungry.

    Other things you just take over. If he won't get dressed to leave and you need to leave at a specific time, when you see he won't be done in time, you step in and dress him. No argument, no discussion, you just do it calmly and quickly. Once he sees that life will continue as planned whether he fights or not, eventually he'll stop dawdling and fighting and just do what needs to be done.

    Answer by wendythewriter at 7:38 PM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • The struggle is preschoolers are fighting for their independence, and us parents are struggling to maintain control and teach our children the boundaries we believe in and learned when we were their age.

    It is important to give young children some independence so that they can grow to be confident young adults and adults.

    You seem to have a very good routine going for your little one, I wouldn't get too zeroed in on time frames and military like critiquing. That's just me.

    :D Good luck.

    Answer by Skepticchick at 10:01 PM on Feb. 7, 2013

  • i agree with PP

    Answer by san78 at 6:56 AM on Feb. 8, 2013