Okay folks. Here’s the dilemma. All the ‘experts’ agree that spanking is bad. A good number of parents say that spanking is sometimes the only way to stop a bad behavior or behavior pattern. I don’t want to use this to debate the utility or ills of spanking – it’s one of those polarizing issues that do little to foster a sense of mutual trust and encouragement.
But, I do want to ask all you parents of little ones out there (where “little ones” means toddlers and preschoolers) for creative discipline ideas. We’re all aware of time-outs, but what do you do to creatively respond to bad behavior? For example, a friend of mine won’t let her 3-yr old wear her favorite pajamas if said 3-yr old refuses to get ready for bed. I think that’s creative! So what do you do? Please tell me specifics! How do you make the punishment fit the crime, so to speak?
**In moving this post from Blogger, I lost the original (and very helpful) comments. Please don’t let that stop you from adding to the discussion.