I spanked mine at that age, and it worked. I had very well behaved, obedient, respectful children except for the occasional test which will always come. We could take them anywhere at any time and did, and they were a joy to be around. Now that they are grown, they are raising their children similarly and I have six well behaved grandchildren. I kept the 18-month old 12 hours yesterday with nary a problem. It's hard to do, but if you remember that your goal is to turn out respectful and obedient adults, then it's worth doing the tough love work.
at 9:01 AM on Jun. 3, 2011