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Should toddlers be disciplined?

Updated on November 8, 2011

Lily Grayce (Grace)

My little Lily
My little Lily

It is so difficult to think about disciplining children especially toddlers...

Children are such blessings, but when it is time to discipline them, we tend to be hesitant and wonder what is appropriate, or if we should even do anything at all. Toddlers are little people and have to be cared for and nurtured in ways which will not destroy self esteem and build their character at the same time.

When disciplining a child, especially a toddler always try to think it through and make sure you are helping the child learn correct behavior and not hindering them from becoming all they can be.

I am no expert on child psychology, or even on raising a child; however, I have helped raise my share of nieces, nephews and even great-nieces and great-nephews, and there is a time in a toddler's life that discipline has to be enforced. I do not think every child needs the same "punishment," if that is even the right word...I don't think children should be punished...I think they should be corrected and taught right from wrong firmly and non-wavering. If something is wrong, let them know and don't change your mind and confuse them. Don't be unstable in your decisions. If you say no, stick to it, and don't change your mind; but, at the same time don't be so hard and harsh that the child is miserable and afraid to be themselves and enjoy being a child.

A child's wonderment...

Lily loves be out of doors!
Lily loves be out of doors!

I love children...

Children of all ages absolutely touch my heart. I love them all...toddlers are a special age of wonderment, which is so fun and so exciting to watch. My little Lily has beautiful, big blue eyes and she is the second generation I have helped raise. She is my niece's daughter and seems like my granddaughter. She is my mom's and dad's 9th great-grandchild. I am so blessed to still have them with me...their 61st wedding anniversary was October 27th. I don't know how I went from children to my mom and dad...guess because if you don't have family, you don't have anything...

Children need to be disciplined, or you will end up with a child no one will enjoy being around for only you will be able to tolerate them. Don't be too harsh, but at the same time don't be a push-over either. Children know when you are being serious and when you are playing. Just keep a balance, and let them know what is wrong and right and what is acceptable behavior. Your child will be healthier and happier for your efforts.

"Doodle Bug" ... Lily's nickname

Lily was just as happy as a baby as she is a toddler!
Lily was just as happy as a baby as she is a toddler!

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