I agree he is two and listening skills are still in the developmental stages. The best thing to do is to have patience and be consistent. At his age you don't want to be too drastic about punishment and you want to keep your calm no matter the situation, which is truely tough but really gets results. At his age, he is looking/trying to get a big reaction to his choices. Only give big reactions to positive accomplishments, when he does something wrong simply give warnings. What I have found works best is to start with a polite warning, then give a more stern, if that doesn't work I use the counting technique. For the counting, I start out by stating the consequence and then saying that if I get to 1 then it will happen. Whether it be a couple minutes in the corner or a nap for worse cases, whatever you choose but make sure you do not yell because a child's reaction to emotions is based on how they see a parent react.
at 3:25 AM on Sep. 22, 2010