Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Zee01 | 2012/02/26


One year old driving us insane!!!

Hello Doc!
Hope you are well!
My 22 month old is SO naughty! He is driving us insane!!!

He touches EVERYTHING, climbs onto things, I just cannot take it anymore! Giving him a slap on the bottom makes no difference, so today I started to take him to his room if he is naughty.
Is this the correct age to do this?
What else can I do to get manners into this child??

O, and if he gets angry with us he tries to bite us....

Thank you so much!!!!

Expert's Reply



Your little one has entered the 'terrible two's' ahead of time. The time out form of discipline is the correct thing to do. The minute he misbehaves and will not listen and especially if he tries to bite you, he should be put in his room and the door closed. He must stay there until he is quiet.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/02/27

Its probably a good idea for you to read upa little bit on normal childhood development.

Smacking your child is going to lead to him being the child at pre-primary who goes around hitting the other children. It doesn''t make any difference, because what he is doing is perfectly normal behaviour.

What works best at this age, is to put the things you don''t want touched out of reach. Distracting your child to another activity. Having easy access to your tupperware cupboard so your child can pack it and unpack it.

A really good book that you might like to try is Toddler Taming by Dr Christopher Green who is an Australian peadiatrician. I found it very realistic, not like some of the books you read where you wonder if the authors have actually met any real children. The examples in the book are things that happen in your own home, things you see your friends children doing. Its a very reassuring book. Living and Loving magazine and Your Baby magazine also often run articles about this type of thing. I love both these magazines and find them very useful. The parent 24 site also has some very good information divided up by age of the child.

Something I learned int he book and certainly found true with my children is that time out doesn''t work until they are about 18 months old - they just don''t get that they have done something wrong before then.

Young toddlers cannot control their impulses. You can see it on their faces. They know they mustn''t touch the TV, their face is concerned about touching it, but their hands will go there anyway, almost without them actually being in control of their hands. It gets better.

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