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Disciplining Two Year Olds: Raising Kids without Raising Your Voice

Pour on the positive attention and distractions.

Published: February 16, 2008

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Visitor Comments: 6

(6) niki, July 17, 2012 8:13 PM

wow! its a simple fix .... thank God .i have been doing it all wrong thank you doc

(5) sara, November 15, 2010 7:57 PM

I don't agree 100%

a 2 year old can understand "we don't do that" or "do you want time out?" & act accordingly. Age 2 is when they push your limits, knowingly doing things they shouldn't do in order to see your reaction.

(4) Sam, March 29, 2008 11:18 AM

Thanks for the help!

This makes so much sense, but I just couldn't think of it on my own. Unfortunately, I am an impatient person and I get frustrated with my son and then with myself for my reactions to his behavior. I think this advice will help me a great deal. Thanks!

(3) Anonymous, February 24, 2008 5:15 AM

I don't find this to be true

While it is undoubtedly better to give more positive feedback than negative, I don't find it true that 2-year-olds cannot be taught the difference between positive and negative reactions. My 26-month-old daughter understands quite clearly what things she is not supposed to do, and she knows and can deal with the appropriate consequences. I believe that if you don't try to teach a 2-year-old the difference between acceptable and non-acceptable behavior in some way, you will end up with a 3-year-old who knows no boundaries. Loving discipline is appropriate from a very young age and is wonderful for children.

(2) tzippy, February 17, 2008 6:30 PM

hi, i try to be possitive with my kids, but my mum (she lives with me) is very negative and each time i try to say to her that this is not the way she gets in a very bad mood, thank you tzippy

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