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Published on April 20th, 2018 | by voxx

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Reflection

I thought it would be a good idea to share my favourite behaviour method with you all. It’s one to keep in mind when a toddler has been following you around the house all day.

When you spot some negative behaviour it is that rare but beautiful moment in which you have permission to plonk your child down and ignore them (guilt-free). For up to a few minutes they reflect upon their behaviour and decision making. When putting your child in the reflection zone (or time out) it allows them some time to think about why they are there. (Remember this must be something other than the fact that you’d love to use the toilet alone).

I have figured out that consistency is key when it comes to taming a toddler. They know where they stand and what they can do to push you. Plus you know where you stand and what steps to take next (to the pub)…

I had the shock of my life when my son became a toddler; it was a scary overnight mutation into a mini me with an even worse attitude. He is every bit the loud, cheeky boy with a seriously strange pizza hatred that I never imagined I could create.

Recently, Diego’s Nana purchased an egg timer – we’d both know exactly how long he had left to sit and complain about being there. As soon as he saw it he lunged toward me, smacked me across the legs and placed himself in ‘time out’, so that he could “try out his new timer.”

I found myself rooted, open mouthed to the spot as I now faced the predicament of how to tell my son off when he had already put himself into reflection! Forever facing new dilemmas.

Diego: 1 – Mummy: Nil

- By Boneata Bell


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