Kids of every age are smart and very adept at sensing indecision or wavering in parents.
If a child thinks for one second that they can get away with an offense, they will try it—and if not called out by their parents for their indiscretion, will learn early on that they can work the system in their house!
Every time Karen tells her 5-year-old son Jayden it’s time to leave a friend’s house, he explodes, throwing his toys, screaming and kicking her.
“It’s gotten to the point that I don’t want to take him anywhere anymore,” she says. Her 3-year-old toddler has started biting other kids when she’s frustrated.
But in the midst of all of these difficult years with your child, remember these two things: Bad behavior from children between the ages of two and six is completely normal—and as a parent, you have the ability to help your child learn how to begin to control him or herself.Related content: Hitting, Biting and Kicking: How to Stop Aggressive Behavior in Young Children Step 2: The Consistency Piece.The second step to effective discipline is consistency.” Before naptime she’ll announce, “It’s time to take our nap in 15 minutes.Would you like to read a book or color before then?
For the young child between the ages of two and six, the main thing to remember is to keep the discipline simple and easy to understand.