Discipline

Spanking is not a strong discipline tool: Use time outs instead

• Most children don’t respond to spanking because they don’t understand the connection between their behavior and being hit.
• Use time outs, tell your child what behavior is good, give clear instructions, and model how you want them to act.

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Schedules and understanding are the key to teaching your toddler discipline

• Helping your toddler understand and handle their big emotions helps them make good choices and deal with the stress.
• Your toddler doesn’t know much about strong feelings, causing meltdowns or tantrums.
• Help your toddler name their feelings and work through them.
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Working together with your toddler is the key to easy discipline

• Support your toddler by understanding how they are feeling and helping them learn about emotions.
• After a tantrum or difficult time, reconnect with your toddler by doing an activity that you have enjoyed together in the past.
• Caring relationships build healthy, strong brains and emotional health.

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Time out vs time in: Teach your child about their emotions and reward good behavior

• Time out means “quiet and still” time, so the time out ends when the toddler is quiet and still.
• Time out should be used if your toddler’s tantrum involves hitting, kicking, biting, or spitting.
• Time in is when your toddler is the center of your attention, and should be used as a reward for good behavior.
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Tantrums and meltdowns: great for teaching discipline

• When your toddler can’t express themselves, they get frustrated and throw tantrums; you need to help them calm down so they can tell you what they need.
• Meltdowns are similar, you should help your child calm down and talk about what they are feeling and why.
• Remember that to discipline is to teach, so helping to shape your toddler’s behavior is a key part of being a parent or caregiver.
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Your behavior is the key to teaching your toddler discipline

• You need to help shape your toddler’s behavior by modeling what you want to see in them.
• Discipline is about teaching your toddler about behavior and understanding their emotions.
• Help your child understand that words are the best way for them to get what they want.
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Discipline means “to teach:” Positive behavior is where to start with your baby

• Teaching your baby that you love them and will always take care of them is a great place to start with discipline from a young age.
• Comforting and giving your baby attention will help them feel more secure.
• Showing understanding to your baby and the other people around you helps your baby start to learn about emotions.
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