Disciplining Toddlers

Toddlers need boundaries, the tough part is setting age-appropriate expectations and consequences.

Disciplining a Two-Year-Old

Is tantrum-like behavior in a toddler normal, or is it a sign of trouble? read more

Disciplining Toddlers

You can expect a normal toddler to increasingly test her autonomy and independence. read more

Disciplining Your Toddler

Disciplining Your Toddler Good disciplinary techniques are constructive. The best thing to do when your child decides to become temporarily psychotic (that is, when she pitches a tantrum) is to do nothing. If you happen to be in a public place and are concerned that someone is going to think you are the crazy one, simply pick up your child, carry her out to your car, buckle her safely into her car seat, latch the childproof door locks, put in earplugs, and drive away. read more

Does a Two-Year-Old Understand Being Sorry?

Two-year-olds do not yet have a hard-wired, internalized conscience. read more

Have a Positive Influence on Your Toddler's Behavior

Have a Positive Influence on Your Toddler's Behavior Bribes and rewards, punishments and threats don't work at this age. So if you want your toddler to behave in a certain way, you'll have to resort to trickery (though some might call it "guidance"). Remember, your willful one-year-old will "be good" only if he wants to do what you want to do. So all you have to do is figure out a trick that will make good behavior something your toddler wants to do. read more

Helping Your Child Express Anger Appropriately

Helping Your Child Express Anger Appropriately Part of the reason two-year-olds have tantrums is because they don't have the words or other tools they need to express their anger or frustration fully or appropriately. For this, your toddler needs your help. Thus the most important rule in handling tantrums is this: Ignore the behavior, but don't ignore your child. read more

Manners and Mealtime Just Don't Mix

Manners and Mealtime Just Don't Mix Q-tip Most toddlers (and preschoolers) do not have very exotic tastes. So if you and your partner prefer foods that your child doesn't like, try to make something simpler for him. read more

My Toddler Hits Me

Read about several approaches you can take to help your child learn to control his frustrations and anger and develop self-control. read more

Punishment and Toddlers: What Doesn't Work

Punishment and Toddlers: What Doesn't Work What punishments are appropriate for a one-year-old? Let's take a look at two strategies that don't work very well with young toddlers: read more

Scolding Without Shouting?

It is normal for children to test limits and try to get their way, as they shape their independent personality. read more

Understanding Your Toddler's "Bad" Behavior

Understanding Your Toddler's "Bad" Behavior Because your child does not yet know the difference between "good" and "bad," it's not fair or reasonable to discipline her as if she did (that will come later). If you try punishing or threatening your toddler, her persistent refusal to "do as she's told" will stem not from defiance, but from a combination of a lack of understanding and a need to assert her independence. read more

What Is Your Approach to Discipline?

Are your discipline methods strict, lenient, or somewhere in-between? Take our quiz and find out. read more