Published on September 21st, 2018 | by voxx0
After a particularly eventful day I finally lost my temper and dragged Diego, kicking and screaming, to the time-out step. I have mastered a certain way of carrying a violent child; it’s basically by turning him into a human aeroplane and dangling him over my hip to avoid his thrashing arms and legs, his cannonball head and shark-like teeth.
I try not to use time-out very often, simply because the idea of it is for the child to sit and think about what crime they have committed and what they should have done differently. What actually happens with Diego is that he sits there wailing until the sound of his mind-blowing crescendo of chords sets our Chihuahua barking – it’s here that I sit with my head stooped low, rocking back and forth in the corner of my bathroom trying to escape them both. During this breakdown I wonder frantically who exactly came up with this form of punishment, and if they drank copious amounts of wine or were just off their head!
I am always open to new ideas in our house; different ways of making things work can be triggered by a suggestion that may never have even crossed your mind. Diego came up with a valuable idea this month. Instead of sitting on the stairs in the hall wailing harmonically he suggested that during time-out he should relax in his comfortable chair in the living room in front the television watching cartoons (in silence)…
This is grand. Pros include: silence! Cons include: Television is not a punishment. However, listening to crying is a punishment for me, so I can class that con as a pro…In fact I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner…
What could possible go wrong -