Principles and practices of sharing are introduced. We provide enough of each type of toys, so that each toddler can be offered a similar item, if both children want the same toy. Since it is the age when a child explores everything, to avoid something he can’t be allowed to explore, distraction and redirection methods are used as much as possible. Logical consequences are used when necessary. For example, if a child misuses a toy, by throwing it at the friend, this toy may be put away for a while.
Methods of taking turns and sharing begin emphasize even more (We can even use timers to help pre-schoolers to take turns with prized toys). If children fight, we try to use the opportunity to teach better ways to solve their conflicts. Ignoring could be used for behaviors such as using “bad” words. If a child behaves inappropriately repeatedly he may be put in “time-out” and away from the play area under supervision of the caregiver. Yelling, hitting, or any physical punishment are never used in our day care center.
Alert the child to the offense by saying firmly “no”, explaining that a certain behavior is unacceptable and offering a child a choice to behave. If it’s not working, child will be placed in a chair for “time-out”, for about 1 minute per year of age. At the end of “time-out”, child will be asked for understanding why he/she had a “time-out”. Ask if they understood why they shouldn’t do that and ask if he/she is ready to play nicely again. In rare instances, when a child has a serious discipline problem, We will request a conference with parent(s) to solve the problem.