My quick post on MaM’s “punishment stool” from 2006 still gets a lot of hits. Sometimes I can tell it’s a query about toddler discipline, sometimes it’s from something freaky (my favorite query? “diaper discipline for girlfriend).
I look back on the post and laugh-Jr is SUCH a different toddler than MaM was. I go to that post and think, “wow? did she really do that?” And then I think back to all the chairs I had to move into the bathroom (because she was standing on them), I think about the fact that we DID buy a new dishwasher because that knob she liked to turn was going to be the death of me, and that the following spring we had a whole debacle on Spring Break I now dub, “The Spring Break Nap Time Smack Down” (there was no smacking, but there was JUMPING off of dressers!!).
Jr is so different. Now granted, I’m probably different. I’m older. I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Jr listens when I say “no” the first time. If he doesn’t, he calmly ( and sadly) goes to the time out step. What happened to the stool?? Well, a few weeks after that first post, the stool was thrown. After that, I started putting her on a particular step.
Maybe it’s because we let him watch more TV. Maybe it’s because “the MaM show” distracts him. Maybe it’s because his more challenging time will come closer to age three. Maybe it’s because he still doesn’t sleep through the night and isn’t well rested enough to really put up a fight.
Maybe he’s just a different kid.
I don’t know, but I’m going to enjoy my fairly laid back toddler while I can!
2 Replies to “Punishment Stool, circa 2010”
My kids are the same. Cameron was such a tough kid. He challenged me in every way possible. He still does. (Although as we approach 4, he gets better every day.) Spencer, on the other hand is so easy and laid back. I yell at another child to go to time out, turn around to look, and see Spencer sitting there! Every time I say, “Go to time out” Spencer goes! I think the difference has to be the kids. I don’t think I have changed that much or parent that differently.