Be careful with what you say to your child. “You have to make it clear that you disapprove of his ‘behavior’ and not him personally,” Alianan-Bautista explains. Labeling a child “bad” will make him feel rejected.
“When reprimanding a toddler, focus on the specific action or behavior because that is what you should be managing,” says Oris.
Geraldine Oris, M.A. in Developmental Psychology, Ateneo de Manila University; education professor, University of Asia and the Pacific, Pasig City
Evangeline Alianan-Bautista, M.A., child psychologist, PsychConsult, Inc., Unit 227 Regalia Park Towers, 150 P. Tuazon Ave., Cubao, Q.C., tel. 421-2469