10 Best Toddler Discipline Parenting Book
Updated on: March 2023
Best Toddler Discipline Parenting Book in 2023
No-Drama Discipline: The Whole-Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind
Toddler Discipline for Every Age and Stage: Effective Strategies to Tame Tantrums, Overcome Challenges, and Help Your Child Grow
How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7
The Happiest Toddler on the Block: How to Eliminate Tantrums and Raise a Patient, Respectful, and Cooperative One- to Four-Year-Old: Revised Edition
Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
No-Drama Discipline Workbook: Exercises, Activities, and Practical Strategies to Calm The Chaos and Nurture Developing Minds
Parenting With Love And Logic (Updated and Expanded Edition)
Keys to Gentle Discipline
If you're the parent of a child who responds well to this type of discipline, consider yourself lucky.
With babies, the parents bear responsibility for keeping the child safe and out of trouble. Transferring breakable objects to high places, providing covers for electrical outlets, installing a baby gate at the head and foot of stairways are among practical safeguards that should be taken.
After raising four children, two of whom fitted the placid profile, I'm a firm believer in the value of playpens. It gives the parent opportunity to pursue necessary household duties without worry; it gives the child a sense of security while he learns to amuse himself with his toys.
Toddlers will be enjoying more freedom and they love to explore. When they approach something which could be harmful, such a cup of hot coffee, a firm command "No!" should solve the problem for the moment. However, children of this age have short memories and almost insatiable curiosity, so this procedure may need to be repeated several times.
Valuable objects and potentially dangerous items should still be kept out-of-reach, for the parent's peace of mind and the child's welfare. He needs freedom to explore his environment without a constant barrage of "No!" assaulting his tender eardrums.
As the child's acuity in receptive and expressive language develops, your disciplining tasks become easier. You can explain why specific actions or behaviours are harmful or wrong and question the child to be sure the message was received and understood.
As before, the message may need to be repeated, and perhaps enforced with a brief "time out", but a sensitive, intelligent child usually sees the need for reasonable restrictions quite easily.
Through the primary school years, all should proceed smoothly. The children amenable to gentle discipline will often share details of school life, activities and friendships quite readily. They will listen to your opinions and advice and usually act accordingly.
A major hurdle may present itself during the teenage years. At this stage, peers and their opinions begin to take precedence over parents, home, and family. Add to the scenario raging adolescent hormones and you have the ingredients for some worrisome problems.
This is the time to build on the good communication you have established with your child. Continue to speak logically, calmly, and do not express shock at any remarks, no matter how outrageous. You, and the limits you establish, will be tested.
If situations do arise where disciplinary measures are called for, start out with the minimum, say grounding for a weekend. If the infraction is repeated, increase the length of time to, for example, an entire week.
It the problem continues, switch strategies: begin removing privileges. Again, start with the minimum, for instance, ban a favourite TV show for a week. Gradually increase the seriousness of the consequences to, for example, removal of phone privileges for two weeks. If the disobedience continues, it may be time to call in professional help.
Every child is different. Parents of children who respond well to gentle discipline are fortunate. They will enjoy relatively pleasant years while their offspring are children. The teenage years are troublesome for nearly all moms and dads. The young people are stretching their wings, asserting their independence, and preparing to leave the nest.
The time for gentle discipline has passed. The name of the game now is survival. Close your eyes, cover your ears and prepare for blast off!