Here are some ideas that I can testify work from Dawn Ramsburg's article on Kidsource:
Suggestions For Parents Of Infants
Infants respond impulsively to many situations without a real understanding of their surroundings and abilities. Spanking will only cause fear and anxiety in children who do not yet understand such concepts as consequences and danger.
- When there is danger, grasp an infant's hand instead of slapping (Leach, 1996).
- When the infant is holding something that you do not want him to have, trade a toy instead of forcing the item from him (Leach, 1996). He will only hold on tighter if you try to take something away.
- Baby-proof your living space so that there is nothing dangerous or breakable in reach (Ruben, 1996; Samalin & Whitney, 1995).
- Leave the room if you feel your temper flaring, making sure that the baby is in a safe place like a playpen (Leach, 1996).
- American Academy of Pediatrics on the best way to discipline children
- Lisa Stroyan of Empathic Parenting on Interacting with Toddlers (& more in Part 2)
- Twenty Alternatives to Punishment by Aletha Solter
- The Five Steps by Lisa Kuzara-Seibold, adapted by Crystal Lutton
- "Time In" instead of Time Out by Joanne Ketch (Montgomery)