My daughter is 19 months old and smiles and giggles when I correct her behavior. I try to set-up as much of a "yes" environment as possible, so she's primarily being corrected when she's doing something that is truly dangerous (i.e. hurting our dogs, running into the street, climbing something unstable).
Frequently when she's about to do something that I've corrected in the past she looks at me and says "no? no? no?" first. I am learning to avoid saying "no" for this reason; I usually try to substitute with something more specific/descriptive (i.e. "danger," "stop," "ouch"). I physically remove her from dangerous/destructive situations and/or attempt to redirect her. She finds both my verbal and physical response to be extremely humorous.
I have mixed feelings about time-outs. Dr. Sears says children should be able to handle them by 18 months. My daughter will not sit still for one by herself and if I make her sit with me for "quiet time" when she's just done something completely unacceptable she tries to get up and play within 10 seconds and cries if I try to make her sit back down.
Is she just not developmentally ready for time-out or is there a technique that I'm missing? Is there a better way to convey to her that certain behaviors are unsafe? Or should I just keep removing her from unsafe situations and explaining to her why they aren't safe? I don't mind that she giggles when I correct her, but I do worry that I'm being overly permissive and not teaching her appropriate boundaries.
Thanks in advance for any insight from those of you who have "been there, done that"