This is my second post on discipline for young children. If you want more of an overview and some key points to keep in mind when developing an approach to discipline for your family, check out my first post.
One thing I often see caregivers struggle with is how to discipline their baby, toddler, or preschooler. They're so little; how do you decide when to start disciplining them? And once they get to be a "Terrible Two" or a "Threenager," how do you correct, and maybe even prevent for next time, behavior that is challenging?
The first time you drop your child off at school or child care can be full of mixed emotions--for you and for your child, as you are sad to be away from one another but also excited about all the new experiences s/he will have. School should be a fun, exciting place where your child learns new things, makes new friends, and feels safe and loved with wonderful caregivers. How do you find the right place for you and your child? (Remember, this has to work for the parents as well as the kids.)
Do you see headlines everywhere about sensory play for babies and toddlers? Are you wondering what sensory play is, or why so many people recommend it? Or do you just HATE a mess, and you think that's inevitable with sensory play?
Often, when adults see a child do something that hurts someone else, intentionally or unintentionally, they immediately admonish the child, "Say you're sorry!"
It is often harder to get children to clean up at home than it is in a group setting such as playgroup or school. The routines at home are more variable, and whatever they are leaving play time to do is usually not as exciting as circle or the playground.