We are trying to teach my 13 month old son the meaning of the word "no." So far, it isn't working very well, lol. We try not to overuse the word but stick to that and discipline when he goes after a serious "no-no", ie. the trash can, outlets (which all have covers on them) and one certain area of the house that has a lot of electrical cords. A firm "no" doesn't work. A loud "no" with a hand clap just seems to excite him. A "no" and tap on the back of the hand has no effect. And the most recent one, placing him in the corner until a count of ten was actually working (after two or three times) until this weekend when we had a lot of guests that encouraged him to throw away trash and yesterday when I commited a fatal parenting error, got tickled at his hardheadedness and laughed at him. Now "no" and the corner are just a game to him and he smiles as he's "testing" me. Cont'd....
Answer by apexmommy at 11:08 PM on Nov. 3, 2009
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Answer by micheledo at 6:42 PM on Nov. 3, 2009
Instead of saying no, try distracting him from what he shouldn't be playing with, and cover the outlets, they lose a lot of interest then. With my two we started time out about 18 months, sit for 1 min. Then say sorry and a hug. Save time out for serious crimes, ie hitting, biting I would say tell him why it is a no no instead of just saying no, it will take awhile for it to sink in, maybe a few weeks or months. But be persistent and he will get it. My two know there boundaries but it did take my oldest I think about a month to learn them. My youngest just copies her so she has them down. Also with the garbage, get a covered garbage can, that will reduce throwing everything away, but not totally, we lost a lot of things that way. And baby proofing well refuses the need for no, and redirecting. And then they learn what they are not suppose to play with, by not having access to it.
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Answer by apexmommy at 9:36 PM on Nov. 3, 2009