I'm struggling with an effective way to discipline Jordan. I know it's perfectly normal for her to test limits at this age but I am not very consistent with my response. I tried time out but it became a game. She thought it was hilarious to give me this mischievous little grin and take off running from her time out spot. I tried putting her back over and over but the game was way too much fun for her. She loved it. :rolleyes: Redirecting her works sometimes but not always. She can be very persistent. I have tried occasionally swatting her hand but I never feel good about it afterward. I'm not 100% against spanking. My parents used it sparingly with us and it worked. It's just hard for me to explain to her that you don't hurt the dog so I'm going to spank you. Seems like I am sending her mixed messages. Besides, if we do spank then I want it to be an absolute last resort and not a threat every time she is acting up. I heard some parents the other day in Target that kept saying, "I'm going to swat you if you don't stop (fill in the blank)" and they never followed through with any sort of punishment. Of course you could tell the kids didn't take them seriously in the least.
It's a tough age for discipline, right? Any suggestions?