I am a SAHM and my oldest child is 18 months old. She is extremely intelligent and knows when she is not supposed to be doing something. We speak to her in complete sentences and she always understands what we are trying to say. Maybe she's just a little TOO smart.
Because I am home with her the most, I am the one that disciplines her the most.. but she will not listen to me. She hits me. I have tried stern talking, time outs, even swats on the hand. I try not to do the hand swat just because I don't want to reinforce the hitting thing. But sometimes it's the only thing that gets her attention. Still...most of the time she just laughs at me and hits me again until I put her downstairs in her crib for a few minutes. Her father tells her no once, she stops and cries and doesn't do it again for a while.
What can I do?! I am at my wits end. He is not home all the time, and I want to be in control of my children.
Answer by dancer at 1:32 PM on Aug. 11, 2010
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Answer by Dodie702 at 2:26 PM on Aug. 11, 2010
"hits me again until I put her downstairs in her crib for a few minutes"
If that works then keep doing that. Give her no more than ONE warning, then follow through. The important thing is that you are consistent with whatever consequence you choose. Otherwise she will keep doing it just to find out what you're reaction will be. Kids need to be able to predict the consequences of their actions 100% of the time (or as close to it as you can get)
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