3 Positive Parenting Solutions to Disciplining Your Toddler

3 Positive Parenting Solutions to Disciplining Your Toddler

Copyright (c) 2012 Thomas Liotta and Bonnie Liotta

Parents seeking parenting advice on how to discipline their toddler are not alone. Everywhere you go you will find a toddler in a power struggle with good parenting. In fact we have come up with names for the ages. We have terrible two’s, horrific three’s and rebellious teenagers! Right?

What if a few simple changes in your parenting style approach would make all the difference between parenting and effective parenting?

When I found out about the techniques of Creating Champions for Life, now, in an online parenting program, it was a monumental, positive, life change for my children and me. I raised my four children as a single mom, and although I thought I was a pretty great mom, I was beginning to have more and more power struggles as they grew a little older and I couldn’t understand it. If you are parenting toddlers right now, know that the power struggles of today will develop quietly and seductively over a period of 7-10 years and then trust me time-outs, yelling and telling them what not to do, won’t work anymore!

Here are 3 effective parenting solutions, from Thomas Liotta, creator of the Creating Champions for Life philosophy. Use these effective parenting strategies today, with your toddler, to see an automatic positive shift in results.

1. Pre-frame with your toddler before every activity. Have a 2-5 minute conversation with your toddler. Yes, they can understand you. Tell them what you are doing and what you expect from them in the store, while at the same time, pay attention to what is important to your toddler. “When we are in the store, little Timmy, we will be just a short time. I know that you want to play with this toy,” or have a snack or whatever it is that is important to your child, “and when you are quiet, calm and well-behaved in the store, you will have earned the cookie.” toy or whatever it is. Stick to this and be consistent!!!

2. Offer positive praise to your child as often as you can. It is often so easy to notice when your child acts up in the store. They are loud and of course it can be embarrassing. Your child is very intelligent and when they do good and are not recognized for it, they will act out to get attention from you. As early as you on your way into the store you can say, “Little Timmy, look at how well you are doing. You are being quiet and cooperative. Well, aren’t you just the best two year old god ever created! Keep it up and you will earn yourself a cookie.” Continue with positive praise all the way out to the car after the event.

3. Operate in a yes mode with your toddler vs. a no, no, no mode. In most cases a baby will hear the word no hundreds of times a day more than they will hear the word yes. When you catch your toddler doing something you do not like, simply tell them what they can do, “Little Timmy people don’t play in the garbage can, it’s really dirty, come play in the pots and pans drawer, play with these blocks or draw mommy a picture. Out of those three things, what would you like to do?”

Thomas Liotta brings over 15,000 hours of in-the-trenches training with 2,000+ children and saw a 100% success rate with every child in terms of self-control, responsibility and self-discipline. You have to see it to believe it. Get your FREE gift today! The first 2 chapters of our new positive parenting book, A Simple Way to Guide Children and Teenagers to Happiness, Success and Gratitude.