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Our Baby's First Two Years
by Robert M. Selig, M.D., FAAP & Joann C. Cozza, D.O., FAAP

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DOCTOR'S SUGGESTIONS:

 

DISCIPLINE:Your child requires some form of discipline at every stage of his/her life. It is important that your child learns the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior at an early age. The following list contains suggestions that you may find helpful in developing your own pattern of discipline.

 

1. Never feel guilty about disciplining your child-it is for his/her benefit.

2. Your child will often try to ignore you, hoping that you will become frustrated and give up. Being persistent will keep you in control of the situation.

3. In some situations, it may be necessary to physically remove your child to a safer setting.

4. Discipline and punishment are not the same and should not be confused. Discipline is a form of teaching in which you as the parent take control of a situation involving your child.

5. There are many ways to carry out effective discipline. Do not make threats that you have no intention of carrying out. Your child will pick up on this very quickly and take advantage of you.

6. Never hold a grudge. This only makes the situation worse.

7. Temper tantrums are a learned behavior used by your child to get your attention. If you do not consistently ignore these tantrums, they will continue to occur. It is important that your child does not see you get upset by what he/she may be doing during a tantrum.

8. When you begin to discipline your child, his/her negative behavior may initially increase as he/she tests you. Be consistent and your child will quickly learn that you mean business.

9. Teach your child that good behavior makes you happy and will be rewarded. Stress that unacceptable behavior (tantrums) will not be rewarded.

10. Your goal is to develop in your child an acceptable form of self discipline which will guide him/her in the future. Be patient-you have plenty of time, but now is the time to begin.

11. The key to meaningful discipline is persistence, consistency, and effectiveness.

 

All discipline problems and their solutions must be individualized to the particular family and child. Our list is intended to be a stepping stone for you. Effective discipline is not easy. Ask for advice on ways to help discipline your child.

 

TOILET TRAINING: Your child may be ready to begin this new experience. Toilet training is a developmental milestone like walking and talking. You cannot toilet train your toddler until he/she is developmently ready (control of bladder and bowels). Your frustration will upset your child and delay any progress. Be patient and try to make this a rewarding experience for your child. Please discuss any problems or questions you may have.

 

___Vi-Daylin + Iron Chewable multivitamins

___Fluoride tablets or drops-0.25 mg/day up to 3 years of age

 

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