“Parents find discipline for toddlers very difficult because they have to show them they love them and still be strict while doing it. To make it easier, parents should structure the rules so that the toddlers understand them and do 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 be careful here so that they do not cave in to whatever the toddler wants. They should do this with love and strictness understanding that the toddler will cry and fuss when they cannot do what they want to do. In order for a disciplinary action to work, parents should know and understand their children well enough. 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 feel very bad when they are taken away from their activities and made to sit in a corner and they will not do anything to warrant another time out. To calculate how long a toddler should sit alone, take a minute for every year they have in age. 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. Setting limits and being consistent with them is another good way that parents can use as a form of discipline. 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. Therefore, if a toddler does something wrong when they are at the store, discipline should not be left to the time 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 helps form the correct characters that a toddler will take up in future and therefore sets a good foundation.”