You have to be consistent & choose your battles. If you yell a lot normally, they won't respond to a "NO", so you'll have to be creative. If you're going to spank, make sure he's getting one for being BAD, not annoying. If you're going to give time outs, MAKE him stay there. If he gets up, put him back... 100 times if you have to. And when the time-out is over, remind him why he was there in the first place. Also, a lot of moms tend to use too many words. Keep it simple, "Do not hit the dog." or "Do not bite your sister." or "Stay by mommy." are direct "orders" that he will understand. If you try to say stuff like "Stay by mommy so she doesn't lose you and you'll get kidnapped..." they won't pay attention.
at 12:33 PM on Jun. 24, 2008