Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Timeout

Up to this point parenting has been fairly simple: feed, clean, clothe, repeat. With his rapidly approaching 2nd birthday, Amos has decided to make life a little more complicated. He's turned into a bit of a bully. He shoves, pushes, and hits Maggie fairly frequently. We've been putting him in timeout A LOT and it clearly isn't working (like Albert Einstein once said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”). Sometimes he hits her again on his way out of timeout.

Lately he's been playing with other kids, and the same behaviors seem to be emerging. I really don't know what to do about it.

Today I put him in timeout standing, staring at the wall in an effort to make him more uncomfortable. We'll see if that "helps." At least it was funny. Don't worry, I hid my laughter.




5 comments:

Stephanie said...

I feel for you! Benjamin is the same way. He does this to his cousin though. Luckily he loves his brother. Sometimes right when he gets out of time out he walks right up to her then turns around to go right back into time out because he knows now. We should let our kids beat each other up to teach them a lesson.

Emy said...

Oh, I fear for this time in Cora's life... what to do??? One of my friends puts her son's favorite toys in time out when he misbehaves and it seems to work for her?

Laura Horne said...

Stephanie-I am all for the toddler brawl! Let's set it up.

Anna Shaver said...

Amos smiling in timeout doesn't really look all that uncomfortable... poor Maggie.

Kelli said...

Amos isn't hiding his laughter, is he? :) I feel your pain Laura. At least he isn't a 'biter' though. I'm glad to be done with that stage, but I still have a 3.5 year old kid that could care less about time out...or any punishment for that matter.