There is nothing as irritating as when you are trying to discipline your child, and he/she laughs it off in your face like it’s a fat joke. It can get very irritating as well as one may feel ignored.
Although most psychologists articulate that laughing while being disciplined is normal for kids; it may get annoying, and one may be de-motivated to discipline the kids.
The major reason why a toddler would laugh when in trouble is because they get nervous; they perfectly know that they are in the wrong and have no idea of how to react. Just like most of the kids who cry or act out, there are others that laugh instead.
Most of the kids that giggle after doing something wrong are just trying to save face and maintain their pride since they don’t want you to know how worried or hurt they are that you are going to discipline them. These kids find it easy to laugh it off than having to face their inner conscience.
However, there are various ways of preventing and dealing with toddlers that laugh when being disciplined. But in all cases, it is important for parents to spot viewing laughter as a defiant behavior.
Don’t Punish, Teach
Spanking and yelling might provide immediate discipline which may be convenient for you as a parent, but it will affect your toddler since it will make your child to develop anger and fear. Considering other forms of punishment would be a great idea.
When your child is around two years, you will need to repeat yourself before they understand what is wrong and right. You also have to explain to them why they are not supposed to do one thing while they can do another. It is important to avoid long-winded lectures and corporal punishments.
Some of the unacceptable develop at an early age, and the earlier you correct the mistake, the better. Encourage your toddlers to make good choices while they are still young, and as they grow up, they will be able to differentiate between wrong and right.
The more you tell them what right the faster it sticks to their mind and turns out to be a routine. A child is never too young to be corrected.
Be Attuned to Your Child
To be attuned means that you put yourself in the shoes of your child and meeting their need with wisdom. For attunement to work effectively you not only need to give your child time out but you’re required to explain to them the reason for the timeout with just simple explanations.
Set Clear Expectations
Write down the rule and make them as simple as possible. You should not offer free passes when your child breaks the rules. Instead, you should keep reminding them of the rules. You don’t have to always go through all the rules, but you can choose to focus on one particular rule at a go. Make the rules clear and be consistent on your grounds.
Praise Effort Not Outcome
In most case, parents tend to praise only good outcome forgetting that the child also put much effort in achieving what they have. Thus, as a parent, your child will be motivated if he/she is appreciated for the effort even though the results were not as per the expectations.
If your child did not get the best grade on a subject, do not condemn him instead, appreciate his effort and motivate him to change his attitude toward the subject.
Even when disciplining your children, you should let them know that you are disciplining them not because you hate them, but because you love them so much that the only thing you want is for them to be better people.
If you realize that your child is frequently getting into trouble, don’t get overwhelmed. He is just learning and trying to cope up with the new environment, and everything to him maybe confusing. However, you should maintain a set of rules which the child should know about.
When he breaks a rule, you should not hesitate from implementing the set consequences since they child may get mixed messages and my end up not following the rules at all. You should also not allow their tantrums manipulate you to bending the rules.
If all the above rules seem to fail, you can choose to use corrective discipline or negative consequences, but it is important to remember that it is a developmental behavior for children to laugh even when facing discipline.
However, the way you perceive the behavior is the key aspect that sets the tone of how you discipline your toddler. If you view the behavior as disrespectful, that will mean that you will discipline him in an angry manner while as if you view the behavior with compassion and understanding then you will discipline him in a kinder way.