Saturday, July 10, 2010

Toddler Behavior

I was a teacher for young children, I did my undergraduate thesis on behavior and transitions, my masters is in children psychology, I could not control my son at 15 months. One day I found him standing on the dining room table swatting at the crystal chandelier.

What is a mom to do???
I reached out at this point to all of my new mom friends and learned a few tips. But the best advice I received was to bye and read the book 1,2,3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan. I have used this book in its form or my own modified form for the last 2 and a half years.

At first my son would not sit for the time outs. So I sat with him on my lap and crossed my arms over his for 1 minute. Eventually he sat for his timeouts. Now he sits in a rocker in his bedroom with an egg timer that he turns off when it beeps.

This has saved my sanity!


  1. Hi I am new to your blog! I too have years of experience in childcare, work as a Pediatric COTA/L and am going for my masters in Occupational Therapy. But sometimes when it comes to disciplining your own children you feel lost. I have a 15 month old and we use redirecting and time outs but sometimes it just doesn't seem to work. I'm going to look into that book you recommended. Thanks!

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  2. I agree. When it comes to your own child everything you ever learned goes out the window. It took my mom to remind me to try a sticker chart with my son, after being a teacher for ten years I should have thought of that first.