Friday, October 23, 2009
Lucas has began some bad habits: hitting, and pushing. We have tried telling him no, time outs, if he hits with something taking it away, and sad to say, slapping his hands. So far I think time outs have worked the best, but it doesn't seem like he connects being punished with doing something bad. I know he is only 18 months old, but I would like to have an effective way of stopping bad habits when they start. Luckily we haven't had any complaints from nursery leaders, or my sisters who watch him in the mornings for me. However, I want to be a proactive parent and do something now about his hitting and pushing before it becomes a problem.
How have you dealt with a child that hits?
Have you found that one punishment works better than others?
What ways do you positively reinforce good behavior?
How have you encouraged your child to make good decisions at a young age?