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Toddler ABC Guide to Discipline: Quick Secrets to Loving Guidance

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Toddler ABC Guide to Discipline: Quick Secrets to Loving Guidance

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Jun 17, 2010


Great balls of fire! Are you tired? Tired of yelling. Tired of being yelled AT. Tired of tantrums, hitting, kicking, whining, biting, refusing to sleep...When do they stop smacking siblings or running from us in the mall? When do WE get to start enjoying how cute and sweet they are? When do we get to SLEEP?! Honey, I hear you. Good news – this is your quick reference on loving discipline.

Jun 17, 2010

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Michelle received her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 1993 and a masters degree in Communication Disorders in 1995 from the University of Texas at Dallas. She completed her internship at Medical City Dallas Hospital and earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in 1996 from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Her most memorable case of therapy involved "Kay" - a two year old found a the bottom of a swimming pool. Seeing the dedication of Kay's mother to the recovery of her severely brain damaged child, Michelle developed an early and profound respect for all Mothers. In 2000, Michelle took a break from working to start her own family, having three girls in five years. Immersed in all things "Mommy", Michelle decided to write a book dedicated to people just like her: confused, amazed, exhausted, guilt-ridden, and baffled on what-to-do-next. Journey with her as she writes with empathy ("..while I write this very sentence, my child is trying to tear her crib apart in a raging, screaming, fit..."), dedication to getting tough ("Throw that guilt monster out the window, girlfriend!") and a professional eye for what really works in toddler discipline. Teaming up with Dr. Rita Chandler, a Nationally Certified expert in behavior, Michelle decodes the technical aspect of steps to improving problem behavior, but stays devoted to teaching discipline techniques with the emotions of caregivers in mind.

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Toddler ABC Guide to Discipline - Michelle Smith

Toddler ABC Guide to Discipline

Quick Secrets to Loving Guidance


Michelle Smith, M.S., SLP

Smashwords Edition

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Toddler ABC Guide to Discipline

Copyright © 2010 by Michelle Smith

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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, brands, media, and incidents are either the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. The author acknowledges the trademarked status and trademark owners of various products referenced in this work of fiction, which have been used without permission. The publication/use of these trademarks is not authorized, associated with, or sponsored by the trademark owners.

Smashwords Edition, License Notes

This ebook is licensed for your personal enjoyment only. This ebook may not be re-sold or given away to other people. If you would like to share this book with another person, please purchase an additional copy for each person you share it with. If you're reading this book and did not purchase it, or it was not purchased for your use only, then you should return to and purchase your own copy. Thank you for respecting the author's work. This book is available in print at

ISBN-10: 1-45361-897-X

ISBN-13: 978-1-45361-897-4

Cover design by Chris Smith. Interior design, illustrations, and photos by Chris Smith. First Edition.

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For Chris

My life, my love, my Mr. Fish-

I love you to pieces

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Where Do I Begin?!

Chapter One: The Toddler ABC Guide or TAG

Chapter Two: The Five Basics

Chapter Three: Meeting Needs = Happy Kids

Chapter Four: Promoting Positive Behavior

Chapter Five: Tantrums and Time Out

Chapter Six: Yelling, Arguing, and Biting

Chapter Seven: Sleeping Blues

Free Toddler Behavior, Potty Training, Reward Charts, and More

Author's Note

About the Authors

Life with Toddlers

Taboo Secrets of Pregnancy: A Guide to Life with a Belly

Tiger Tamer: Discipline for Challenging Behavior in Ages 5 to 12

Welcome to the Guilt Club: Taming Self-Doubt When Raising Kids

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To Dr. Rita Chandler, for your sweet kindness, awesome help with ABA, and your love of all things Scottie. You always make me smile – thank you for your love, dedication to the children and families who need you so desperately, and your willingness to share your life and passion. You have truly given your life to service. I love you!

To Susan Fisher Anderson, thank you for your editing, support, and saving my arms from certain death! Readers, for a beautiful story on history and love from the letters of a WWII Bomber pilot, check out Susan's book at:

To Poppy, Mimi, and Wee - the keepers of my joy and my purpose here on Earth. For so sweetly tolerating Mommy's nose stuck to the computer for days (weeks, months) on end. You guys are absolutely the best children in the whole wide world – words cannot express how much I love you!

To Chris – oooh, honey. I'm speechless. (How often does that happen?) This doesn't quite cut it, but - for your endless help, support, work, dedication, and coaching – I love you.

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Introduction: Where Do I Begin?!

I get emails from all over – moms, grandmas, dads, aunts. One mom is single and struggling. Another is in the army and away from home for weeks at a time. I also get emails from traveling dads, grandmas raising grandkids with no help, or divorced parents - with the kid going back and forth to separate families with different values. On and on it goes. The toddler behaviors and desperation of the caregivers are the same. But the setting off factors are all a bit different. And everyone wants a quick answer to the problems.

So it got me thinking. How do we come together for a quick lesson on loving discipline? I wrote Life with Toddlers (my first book) under the assumption that the child already gets plenty of love an attention – that parents and caregivers tend to spoil and 'over-do' in a way that promotes negative behaviors. But what about the caregivers looking for the basics of discipline: the ones who didn't have good experiences growing up – no model of loving guidance? Or those with so much else on their plate that they barely have time to blink, much less absorb 300 pages worth of information? Life with Toddlers is chock full of strategies to increase positive behavior, but dadgum! We need some cliff notes!

This book is the essential basics: a quick reference on professional, inside secrets - how to address problem behaviors and how to give good, loving discipline. You guys are hurting and need answers fast.

So start reading. Be prepared to change your thinking and approach to discipline. Be prepared to take a good, long, hard look at yourself, too. Our reaction to a child's behavior shapes the direction it goes. It can get worse, or it can get better – depending on how you handle it.

Here's what you need to do:

Be kind, firm, and consistent.

No yelling, hitting, or ignoring.

Be a safe haven: provide tons of love and guidance.

Give instruction on exactly how you want them to act.

Kids will not magically start acting better simply because we yell at them to stop! And let's turn off that auto-spank when we're ticked – it doesn't work. We MUST make our children feel loved and provide consistent, positive instruction. And guess what? You CAN do it! It's not too late. You can change the course you are on, turn your child's behavior around, and get started in the right direction.

Let's get going!

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Chapter One: The Toddler ABC Guide or TAG

The TAG method helps you understand your toddler and communicate effectively to increase desired behaviors. TAG can literally save you a million

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