Our 15-month-old is now at a stage where disciplining is necessary. Random ‘I don’t want to sleep’ tantrums in the middle of the night and repetitive climbing of the sofa, then windowsill, just to launch himself off are becoming the norm.
And I know it’s just the beginning.
The thing is, he can’t talk yet so there’s no reasoning with him. We try – he understands ‘no’ and that mummy is using her stern voice, but only to a point. He’ll stop for a minute, smile, then continue merrily doing whatever he was doing.
Coinciding with this ‘testing mummy and daddy out’ behaviour is the fact that daily playground visits are now the norm. He runs up to other kids, gets close and waves with a smile on his face – it’s his way of saying “hey”. The other kids are usually older as he was an early walker.
They tend to yell about not wanting to share their particular piece of play equipment, look at him like he’s odd, run away or, like one particular child, hit him straight in the face! He looks genuinely hurt by this, because he’s very caring and approaches everyone equally. He has such a good nature and, I guess somewhat naively, I never want that to change.
So, these recent events have got me thinking about how we best raise him to continue to be caring.