I am so lost on how to handle Boo. He’ll be 2 in March. He is for the most part a great kid. Very smart, too smart for his good and a smile that melts your heart. We have been using the “naughty spot” for major things like hitting, biting and pinching, things that cause harm to other people. I am not sure if we’re doing it right because it doesn’t have much effect. Typically he gets one warning, naughty spot for 1 min and 45 seconds (we’re working up to 2 mins). We hug, he apologizes to the injured and I explain simply what he did wrong. But sometimes he goes right back and does the same thing that caused the time out again. Which to me means he’s not getting the concept of naughty spot= I’ve done wrong. KWIM? Any Ideas?
Also I am having a hard time just knowing what to do with typical toddler behaviors. He is curious mischievous and stubborn. All these behaviors are important tools he uses to learn about the world. I am so glad to know he’s perfectly normal. But how do I keep him safe now that he can climb the gates and open doors. How do I set limits while still allowing him to grow and learn and keep my sanity? He does things like open the refrigerator and takes a handful of pasta and runs off with it. He breaks into his sister’s room and steals her crayons and writes on everything. What do I do when he insists on dancing on the kitchen table? Rips his books into shreds? Right now we redirect/distract. Say things like that’s not nice, or no. Do these things warrant a time out? We try to use positive reinforcement. We try to catch him being good. What else can I do? We feel like we can’t take him anywhere and nothing is safe. He won’t sit in shopping carts or highchairs. Buckles do not hold him. Dinner is always a disaster he throws his food everywhere. We can’t wait for naptime and bed time just to catch a break. TIA.
Isn’t he just the sweetest?