Starting Early with Discipline... what's too early... or late??
So, my 9 month old is amazing and smart and everything I had hoped for but she has a hair,earring,and necklace complex that drives her mad. After about 10 little baby handfuls of my hair was ripped out, I decided that I should be teaching her NOT to do that. Then she broke a diamond necklace that my mother bought me for my birthday. (Grrrrr... to say the least) So I figured I would ask around for advice. My friend told me that she would tell him NO! 3 times and if he still didn't stop then she would start smacking his hand. Well, that backfired on her because he's almost 2 now and laughs at her when she disciplines him. Even with the occasional tap on the butt, he laughs at her. I think that my daughter should start learning what she can and cannot play with now, so that she doesn't get an attitude with me when she gets a little bigger. I just don't know how to go about it the RIGHT way. Is it too early for "time-out"? Is smacking your baby's hand a form of abuse? How useful is the word NO when she's only 9 months?? I'm at a standstill on this subject and would like to be able to wear my hair down without it all being ripped out and would also love to wear the other jewelry I have but I fear that it would be ripped off and ruined. (I don't have money to fix ANYTHING right now and I would rather not take the chance.) Has anyone else dealt with this and if so, was your effort to discipline them successful? Thanks for reading. God Bless. <3