Showing love and support to a toddler is very important when disciplining a toddler and this makes the whole process very difficult for parents. It is therefore important to make sure that the rules are structured in a way that the toddler understands them and does not find them too difficult to follow.
Parents will set certain limits and most toddlers will push their way to see just how much they can get away with. Parents should therefore be careful not to cave in to their toddlers’ demands. This should be coupled with love and general strictness because the child will not be happy when they are not allowed to do what they want. It is important to understand a toddler before implementing a form of disciplinary measure in order for it to work. Toddlers will feel safe and secure around their parents and will therefore let them set their limits for what they can or cannot do.
Because it is not too demanding, time out is a very common form of discipline. Toddlers will do whatever it takes not to get another time out because they feel bad when they are made to sit in a corner alone. The number of years in age the toddler has should be the equivalent in minutes a child should be punished. Temper tantrums is another way children like to take control of situations and parents should learn how to ignore them and toddlers will stop throwing them. Parents should set limits and show consistency with them and this can be used as another disciplinary measure for toddlers. In addition, parents should create a positive environment where the toddler is praised for doing good things and not just being reprimanded.
It is important to reinforce discipline both when at home and when not in the house. This means that the toddler should be punished wherever they are and it should not be postponed until they get home. This is because they will be punished and they may not even remember why they are being punished and will not connect it to their actions. It is also important to punish a toddler away from other people to ensure that their self esteem does not get affected. Discipline for toddlers is very important because it sets the right foundation for a toddler and shapes the characters that the child will take up in future.