I have a discipline issue that I'm hoping some of you can help with. I should say right off the bat that I'm feeling a little clueless about how to practice attachment parenting with a toddler, especially when it comes to discipline. AP was something that seemed very intuitive and natural when he was an infant, but I find myself scratching my head a lot more these days!
Basically I feel like I am constantly saying "No" to him, and I hate how that makes me feel. I feel like I am creating a negative environment for him and stifling his curiosity. It isn't necessarily that he is doing things he shouldn't be, but rather, it seems like he wants everything he can't have! He is a very curious child, which is something I value, but unfortunately he is most interested in things he isn't allowed to have (like scissors, mommy's medicine, daddy's coffee, etc.). I've tried a number of strategies to deal with this, but none of them have consistently helped. For example, I've tried to explain to him in simple terms that something isn't safe or is "For Moms & Dads, not kids." I've also tried distraction, but he is a very focused and single-minded child. And I have also tried to minimize temptation as much as possible, but I can't get rid of everything in my home!
Does anyone have any other suggestions? Book recommendations are always welcome, although I have so little time to read these days that I often wish they made Cliff Note versions