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Age To Discipline Babies

When is a baby old enough to be disciplined?

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As hard as it is sometimes for some parents they should never let a little baby cry because it will program that baby to become insecure. Crying is the only way a baby can communicate. It's like he's calling out and if nobody answers his call, no matter what he is calling for, he will think that no body cares about him. When a child can learn what NO means, then start to disapline with love.
---sue on 7/11/07

You don't disciple a babie. You train up a child in the way he should go. As far as discipleship is concerned, this usually takes place when he is a man. Most of the time the parent does not participate in the discipelship, God does, through the Holy Spirit, with the help of Pastors and elders, and learning of the Word of God. The person has to choose to be a disciple, and he has to want it in his heart. It cannot be decided for him, by man. In other words, God calls him into discipleship.
---John on 7/10/07

Not so much for discipline as training between 1 - 2 years of age. Not to play with thing that are electrical. Things that are hot can hurt you and the like.
---Phil_the_Elder on 7/10/07

There are people who think it is ok to hit a child even a baby. These people are criminals and do not deserve to be a parent.
---Steven on 5/8/06

, sorry barb, i misunderstood. my mom was heavily into spanking me, even before i was old enough to know what was going on. i guess i wish i had experienced a more happy childhood.
---steve on 1/11/06

Steve, are you loosing it? NO ONE said anything about striking a child!
There is no reason to ever strike a child.
Thank God you decided to stay single and not reproduce! "Letting them know why they are 'getting it.'" You must have had an odd upbringing.
---NVBarbara on 1/11/06

I agree, that first breath. From that moment on you have become a teacher for 18 years. Your job as a mom includes being a minister, counselor, being teacher is best of all. But, they gotta know who's boss, don't spoil the baby! Teach your child all your know about Christ, talking, walking, playing, and most important loving. When I looked into my newborn's eyes, I knew what love was. I guess that's alot like the way God loves you and me!
---Nellah on 1/10/06

, wivv, you can't be serious. NEVER strike a child who is too young to understand why you are doing it. such actions make it harder for them to adjust throughout life. always wait for them to be old enough to conciously choose to obey or not.
---steve on 1/10/06

"Discipline" should start as soon as the first breath is taken. It's amazing how fast a baby learns what you will allow him to do or not to do. For example: a baby cries (which is the main means of communication). So you have to ask yourself, "why"? Is he/she hungrey, sick, need changing, etc. Or maybe it's nap time and the rule of thumb is if the baby is just plain fussey, you set the stove timer for 15 minutes, and see what happens. Don't start soon enough, and you may be sorry.
---WIVV on 1/9/06

I think 'disciplining' starts in the cradle. Don't run to pick them up each time they whine. Make sure they are ok, then let them cry a bit, it clears their lungs! Loving and spoiling are miles apart. Helping them to learn some patience starts early!
---NVBarbara on 12/19/05

, you wait until they are old enough to know why they are getting it. i don't know when exactly that is, but babies who are beaten when they are too young are permanently damaged by it.
---steve on 12/15/05

I disciplined my three boys when they started to crawl. That's when they start to get into everything. By discipline I don't mean spanking or anything like that. I just said a firm "no", and moved them away from whatever it was they tried to get into.
---Melissa on 12/8/05

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