Supernanny places Jo Frost in American households where she teaches parents hands-on techniques in a loving and respectful, yet firm manner. Her real-world approaches to parenting issues ranging from sleep problems, sibling rivalry to potty training have turned out-of-control households into a loving and happy family.
What does Jo think is the biggest parenting mistake most parents make? "There isn't one biggest, biggest mistake," she says, but she often finds that parents aren't communicating with each other on discipline techniques or methods . "Parents need to be on the same page," she says.
So, how does it work? When your child acts out, you explain their behavior is unacceptable and tell them if it happens again they will go to the naughty step. The naughty step can be a stair step, chair, sofa or somewhere where they can sit and quietly think. If they do act out again, you place them on the naughty step, explain to them why they are there and how long they will be there. Jo recommends one minute per year of age. After they have finished their certain period of time, it is important you get down to their level, explain why they are there and ask for an apology. Give them a kiss and hug and carry about your day.
When is a good time to start this? "Age 2 is a good time to start the naughty step, however 17 months is too young. They need to be old enough to know why their behavior was unacceptable," she says.
How old is too old for the naughty step? "It depends on their maturity," she says. "Once they get older, they need to go to their own personal space to think about their behavior."
Be consistent with your child and place them back in their own bed if they get up shortly after bedtime or in the middle of the night. Don't give in or it will become an even harder habit to break. For a toddler/preschooler, Jo recommends weaning your child off of a pacifier by 18 months and use other techniques to help them sleep. Her Supernanny.com site gives great tips on helping your child feel comfortable in their own room including:
You can also read a portion of this article on RealityTV Magazine.com.
And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .
SheKnows is making some changes!