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Ok, moms! Would you please share your methods of disciplining your kids. Do you use time outs, other kind of "punishment", ... and how is that going for you? When did you start?
My LO is only 16 months and thinks being told no is funny, even in my sternest teacher voice, so I do a lot of redirecting. Before too much longer, we'll probably have to start time outs, but she really hasn't done anything "bad" enough to warrant one yet. Having typed that, tomorrow she'll be a little terror I'm sure
Included in my arsenal of disciplining methods:
Rewards for good behavior - extra computer time, earning a special game or such, sometimes $$, having a written list of behavior rewards - sticker chart for little guys check sheet for older.
Consequences for poor choices: time out, losing a toy/favorite activity, extra chores, having to pay for something with their own money - i.e. if they break something, pay their sister for doing the chore they were supposed to do. . .
I use whatever works at the time and. . . flame away, but I even occasionally use. . . spanking... I will qualify that it's a mild slap, not given in anger - that is key- and not used in response of a physical aggression - but typically used for defiant behavior. . . not before 18 months or after about age 7 or so. I only use this if I see results, I use it very sparingly, I use it if I see an immediate need or if other forms of discipline are not working or to reinforce something like teaching my child not to run away from me in a parking lot or towards the road - something that could lead to a life or death situation.