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My son is 13 months and he insists on doing things that he knows he's not supposed to do....

It's to the point where i try to get his attention away from them but he's sooooo insistant that i finally say "NO" and stick him in his play pen. He cries and has a tantrum. When he's done crying i take him out and he goes right back to do it again!! I've tried playing other games, laughing, being serious, i don't know what to do.

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Asked by jenn714 at 2:08 AM on Aug. 15, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • oh yes, my DD is 14 months and she insists on helping me unload the dishwasher- taking the knives out... no matter how many times I tell her not to touch, she touches. Its gotta be the age.

    Answer by LuvsDanika at 2:10 AM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • he's testing his limits. maybe keep an eye on him and stop him everytime so he can learn that it is wrong. his memory is probably as good as an adults short term so he may forget easily, like most do. But using No all of the time does not help.

    maybe the next time he does it sit down and tell him why he should do it and keep telling him.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:11 AM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • confusedAt that age? Wow. how unusual. a toddler acting like a toddler. Hmmm


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:17 AM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • You may think because you have told her a million times, that she "knows better", but at 13 m/o, she has no sense of right or wrong. You need to PHYSICALLY redirect her, telling her isn't the same as pivoting her body or picking her up and removing her or handing her a toy. It usually doesn't take much at that age, and she will grow out of it. It's a phase that they go thru. Hang in there, Mama. They are only little once.

    Answer by doodlebopfan at 8:13 AM on Aug. 15, 2009

  • Do yourself a favor and baby proof, get rid of tempting "no" items, etc. The less there is for him to get in trouble with, the better off you'll both be. There should still be some "no" things do need to stay around but at 13 mo. you can't expect him to remember or care what he's not supposed to do (it'll be a few months yet before your expectations can be much higher). You have to physically re-direct and/or remove the temptation. He's an explorer and a scientist at this age...its all about curiosity and very often, the more reaction they get from you (positive or negative), the more interest he'll have in whatever it is that he's doing. Try not to make a big deal out of things and he will loose interest eventually. Good Luck

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 3:12 PM on Aug. 15, 2009

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