I have a one year old and a one month old. My son is generally a very good child (he's the older one) and listens to me very well. I rarely have to yell, because I've found that asking him nicely works a lot better. When he gets into the video cabnit I say "Leave it, please" and most times he walks away. Clearly he is still a toddler and I do have to become more firm with him. I have found that time outs work the best for us. I have been using time outs since he has become mobile and he knows what it means when I warn him that he will get one. He looks at me, then looks at what he was doing and decides whether it's worth it. When he does decide to keep causing trouble then I put him into his crib for a few minutes. He used to scream and cry, but now he sits in there quietly until I come and get him. I choose my battles, some are just not worth fighting. Also, if I have to put the newborn down to get my son, then so be it.
at 4:50 PM on Dec. 15, 2009