…is like trying to sell ice to an Eskimo.
At 18 months, we’ve come to the point where Ben is needing more discipline. One can only redirect so many times (or pledge little foot prints from the coffee table, for that matter). Thus, I introduced the “time out” chair last week. The only problem is, my child doesn’t sit still long enough to endure a time out. As in, ever. It’s not as though I was trying to enforce a 30 minute time out…I was shooting for three minutes.
The next thing I know, the little bugger is climbing on top of the time out chair and doing his little look-at-me tap dance, all the while shrieking with delight. Fail.
So, maybe he is too young for time outs? How, then, do you discipline a toddler?
Just to throw a hypothetical scenario out there ( ), say we have a child that climbs on top of the coffee table and starts performing something similar to a river dance. The parent says “We don’t climb on top of tables” and removes the child from on top of the table, placing him down next to his toys. A minute later, the child is back up on the table. The parent repeats the above steps, a bit more stern this time. A minute later, the child is back up on the table…
Okay, now let’s hear your suggestions (PLEASE)!! Do you have any time out tricks that work? Ready, Set, GO!