In the newest edition of PEOPLE’s Mom Talk, four celebrity moms open up about the different disciplining techniques they’ve used on their children.
And though Dancing with the Stars finalist Ginger Zee‘s son Adrian Benjamin may be only 5 months old, the new mom is already brainstorming a few tricks of the trade when it comes to what the most effective way of disciplining might be for her.
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“I have actually given myself a timeout when [7-year-old daughter Livia] did throw a tantrum and I was like, ‘Okay, I’m no longer able to be a good mom,’ ” explains Reiner. ” ‘I’m going into the bathroom for three minutes to calm myself down because I can’t parent effectively right now.’ “
Reiner, 45, adds that Livia ended up calming herself down due to how scared she was to see her mom so out of character.
“Silence is deadly,” agrees Leyva, 43, who is mom to 13-year-old daughter Alina.
“I just started [the silent treatment] with my daughter [Giovanna Marie, 20 months] and my son [Lorenzo Dominic, 3½], because they can get really emotional and upset, throwing themselves on the ground,” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, 28, adds. “The more you pay attention to that [kind of behavior], the worse it gets.”
And so far, the nonchalant demeanor is working for Polizzi — she just walks into the kitchen and waits for their tantrums to end.
“At points I’m just like, ‘I’m done, I’m over you. You’re dramatic. You just won an Oscar, so calm down,’ ” she says, while the other women laugh.
— Jen Juneau