Kind of discipline for my 17 month old daughter
I just want to share something about my daughter. She is a smart baby girl and always finds her way to get what she wants. If she doesn't get it, she'll eventually throw tantrums. Are all toddlers like that?
If she already gets really stubborn or way beyond her limit, her daddy would spank her. Is that okay at her age?
I am the weak one, I don't want to hurt my daughter. And every time this happens, my husband and I argue about how to discipline our baby. What I do is, if it's really too much, I put her in the crib, sort of a "time out."
I am confused on what kind of discipline we would do. Please help...
Daily Schedule For A 1-1/2 Year Old
15 hours of sleep a day seems like a lot for a 1 1/2 year old, but it must be nice to be able to have her go to bed at 7PM, up at 7AM and taking a 3 hour nap in the middle of the day.
I'm guessing she may move out of that 12 hours of sleep a night or she may shorten up her nap soon, so the schedule I'm going to suggest will be with a shorter sleep time.
The schedule I propose below will give you 6 hours a day of free time where you can work, do chores, have quiet time or spend time with your husband. But it also gives you and your daughter a lot of structured time together and helps ensure you are both getting some good exercise each day.
On top of this, my guess is that if you keep a schedule similar to this, your daughter will ask for milk bottles much less often (which is another healthy transition) because I think the milk bottles (every 2 hours) are a source of comfort for her and are also something that makes her feel good when she's bored. This type of schedule will definitely lessen the boredom, lessen the poor behavior and will also give you more bonding time with your daughter while ensuring that youre working on her ross and fine motor development.
Something that you may find helpful would be to choose one letter, one color and another topic for each week. You might choose the animal "dog", the letter "D", and the color brown as your theme for a week. Then you could read books about dogs during your reading time, and print out a Dog coloring page with the letter "D" on it for her to color in brown like on this page: http://www.squidoo.com/letter-d-coloring-pages
If she can't hold the large crayons yet, then you can do brown finger painting. She could also paste "Dots" on the letter D. Her small motor skills may not be developed enough for her to actually get the "dots" on the "D" but she can decorate the page with dots until she is older and her fine motor skills are more developed.
Here's a great page that shows a 2 1/2 year old doing "D" projects. Again, you can gear these down to your 1 1/2 year old's age, but I wanted to give you some craft ideas and how this works really well.
Biggest challenge for you… planning in advance, which you can do in just one hour a week. Just plan for the next week, gather the materials you need, and then when that week rolls around you'll be ready to go. An hour of planning will make the next week go much more smoothly.
Sample Schedule for a 1 1/2 year old
7:00-7:30 AM time with Mum in bed/read book
7:30-8:00 AM - bathe/change/breakfast
8:00-9:00 AM - Toy Time (1 hour of time for work, hubby or quiet time)
9:00-9:30 - Coloring Time
9:30-10:00 - Go for a walk or to the park (good exercise for you and Ryden)
10:00-10:30 - Green Smoothie Snack (nutritious food for you and Ryden)
10:30-10:45 AM - Finger Painting
10:45-11:00 AM - Play Dough
11:00-11:30 AM - Outside time or Music Time where she can move around and expend energy
11:30-12:00 PM - TV Time so mum can make lunch
12:00-12:30 - Lunch
12:30 - 3:00 - Nap (2+ hours for work, bonding with hubby, quiet time for you)
3:00-3:30 - Green Smoothie Snack
3:30-4:00 - Outside Play
4:00-5:00 - Craft Activity
5:00-5:30 - Toy Time so mum can make dinner
6:00-7:00 Free Play (TV Time, Dance to Music, Play with Toys) (time for mum to clean the kitchen)
7:00-7:30 Get ready for bed/change/bathe/brush teeth
7:30-7:45 Read a story
7:45 Go to sleep
8:00-10:00 - 3 hours of time for work, bonding time with hubby, quiet time for you
Please post back and let us know how your first day on a schedule goes for you.