As children grow-up they develop a temperament of their own. Here is how you can inculcate discipline in your growing child.
As a child approaches her first birthday, she will begin to exhibit a will of her own and may challenge your authority. Allow her the freedom to choose what she wants to eat or wear. This will give her the impression that she has a measure of control over her life. You can be your child's guide to good behaviour by setting an example yourself.
My child seems to have a mind of her own
Your child's bad behaviour at this age will express itself as crying and grumpiness. This is probably because she is hungry, overtired, ill or feeling insecure. It is not her fault, as she does not exert much control over herself or her environment.
Do I need to discipline my child before she is a year old?
When your baby is less than a year old, she does very little that would actually require disciplining her. Discipline at this stage will probably take the form of you saying "no" or taking something away from the baby that is not good for her.
What kind of behaviour issues can be observed in a year old children?
Discipline issues like biting, hitting, kicking, not ready to share toys, throwing tantrums, fussy eating, hyper-activeness etc. are some of the common behaviour issues that can be observed in a year old child. Such issues may not be observed in all children. At the same time not all issues may be observed in a particular child he or she may show some of these behaviour issues. Some children may also show behaviour issues that are different from the above mentioned issues. Children show this kind of behaviour issues as self-expression skills and communication skills are not fully developed in them. They usually exhibit such behaviour when they want to express the feelings like anger, stress, frustration, irritation etc.
How to inculcate discipline in a year old child?
There is no need to be worried about inculcating discipline in a year old child. Most of the times you may not even feel the need of disciplining your child as such issues may not be a cause of concern at this time. The behaviour issues that are observed in them are just a part of growing-up. Here are some things that you can make of note of which will surely help you in future.
There is no need to be hyper when you see behaviour issues in your child. It is necessary to be patient while handling such situations.
Divert your childâ€™s attention
Diverting childâ€™s attention or taking him or her away from the situation can work in most of the cases where you come across behaviour issues in your child.
Do not hit or yell at your child
Never ever hit or yell at your child when you find that he or she is behaving in an unacceptable manner. Such negative techniques of disciplining children can only hamper his or her development.
Focus on positive disciplining techniques
Focus on positive disciplining techniques like appreciating or rewarding the child when he or she shows good behaviour.
Educate your child
Although, your one year old child may not be able to understand the importance of discipline, you must educate your child about its importance in an age appropriate and subtle manner.
Find out the triggers
Find out what triggers bad behaviour in your child and try to avoid such triggers as much as possible. Avoiding triggers can help to prevent bad behaviour in children to a greater extent.
Keep the gadgets away
Do not introduce gadgets like mobile phones to your children at such a tender age. Your year old toddler may get addicted to such devices very faster. When you will deny giving such devices to your toddler, it will automatically trigger behaviour issues in him or her.
All the discipline issues arise during such age when children are unable to express themselves properly. There is something that is causing problem or discomfort to them. In such situations parents must try to understand what is bothering their children instead of losing their calm.
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- The Indiaparenting Team