Many parents and caregivers who work with toddlers (children age two to three) often wonder how the Discipline Without Stress methodology can work for them. Since young children cannot understand the concept of internal motivation, which is key in the Discipline Without Stress approach, parents and caregivers think they have no choice but to resort to rewards and punishments in order for the youth to learn appropriate/inappropriate behavior.
The fact is that you can teach children as young as age one or two appropriate behavior without using rewards or punishments. Here are a few techniques:
- When the child does something that is not appropriate, lightly touch his or her wrist and move your head sideways (in a “no” “no” motion).