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Tips for disciplining toddlers

Handling discipline with your one and two year old, involves parents understanding what discipline means; which is to teach and to guide. It's not to make them feel bad, but to guide them and give them the parameters of their world. It's also important to understand the development of a toddler. Toddlers are limited in their impulse control, and they are limited in memory, and language. So we have to take those things into consideration when we are discipline. Parents need to come down on their child's level, touch their child to grab their attention, tell them the rule and some information about the rule, and re-direct their child into an appropriate choice; so it moves the child to action. When parents do this consistently and repetitively, over time, the child will internalize these limits and be able to stop their own body, on their own.

Allison LaTona, MFT Parent Educator, shares advice for parents of toddlers on the best and most effective techniques for disciplining your toddler


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Allison LaTona, MFT

Parent Educator, Marriage & Family Therapist

Allison LaTona, MFT, is a marriage and family therapist, whose life-changing consultation groups provide a practical and compassionate roadmap for those navigating the journey of parenthood. LaTona has 18 years of experience counseling children, families, couples and individuals, and has facilitated groups in private practice, as well as at Santa Monica's Babygroup with Donna Holloran, MSW, for over a decade. La Tona is an author for Twigtale, an online resource for creating transition books for young children.  

Focusing on respectful parenting philosophies, the power of language, emotional intelligence, and a child's natural developmental capabilities, LaTona offers specific strategies and invaluable insights that ease the inherent challenges of contemporary parenthood. Her work empowers parents with the vision and tools to create thriving and fulfilling family lives, and fosters long-term connections within a supportive community. With 13 years "in the trenches" raising two young children of her own, LaTona's personal path complements her professional credentials. Her empathy, experience, and dedication fuel her passionate commitment to her work.

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