11.27.2007

time out: man's greatest accomplishment to date

the era of time out has begun.

as i mentioned before, the "terrible twos" have set in and the limits of my abilities as a parent are being tested. and when i say tested i'm talking final-chapter-of-any-harry-potter-book-where-voldemort-is-about-2-seconds-from-ending-h. potter-as-we-know-it tested. specifically my abilities to keep my cool and not flip out when i have to tell her for the 37th time not get on the stairs or not stand on the car or not walk on the books or not pull the dog's tail or not --this really could go on for days. so in order to keep sanity in place we have introduced time out.

holy shit! the greatest invention since the wheel sandwich on sliced bread!

my wife used it for the first time on sunday and after two 1 minute stints in t/o she got the idea. when i stayed home with her on monday i threw it out a couple of times and you'd think i was threatening to take her out in the middle of west texas only to leave her to fend for herself till the end of time. she immediately stopped what she was doing wrong to go carry on a conversation with some sorta stuffed whatever that obviously served as a better playmate then me. i couldn't believe it.

hell yeah! t/o kicks ass!

8 comments:

giadas mommy said...

when i ask g, do you need to sit over there by yourself until you can listen to me? she goes by herself and sits down on her own. i was just asking her if she needed to, not telling her. then she sits and screams alittle, she repeats "up" a million times. then i let her get up after about 2 min.

then just to really get under my skin, she laughs about it! what am i supposed to do? i tell her its not funny, and she just repeats "funny"....oh the joys...

Whit said...

Time outs are good, but I find they really fear the 'cage.'

struglas said...

duly noted whit.

by the way, she does like to climb into my folk's dog cage.

suchsimplepleasures said...

my son didn't start going through the terrible twos until he was around 3...he's almost 4 and he is still going strong. the time-out thing...it kind of works with him. stopped him, dead in his tracks, from saying "asshole"...hasn't said it since the time out. he has some other choice words, thanks to having older brothers and sisters...hey...i just had an idea. if i give the big kids the time outs, then...maybe...perhaps...they'll stop using vile and repugnant language and in turn, so will my littlest guy...hmmm...or, maybe I'm the one that needs the time outs!

BusyDad said...

Like tolerance for whiskey, immunity to time out develops with repeated use. Your daughter is still in the "whoa! what was that!" stage - in about a year or so, it'll just be routine. In fact she'll get in trouble to get her fix. I think my son only pretends to not like time out just so I don't think of something crueler and more unusual. The "oh no dad, not time out, please not that" kind of gives it away.

Joeprah said...

Time outs are great, but also the power of just counting "1...2...2 and a half..." That instills fear on a child for some unknown reason and is also worth noting. Glad to meet you pops!

struglas said...

i'm digging all these t/o suggestions. can hardly wait to begin using them. god knows she offers plenty of opportunities.

Jod{i} said...

To's are good, until they figure out how much fun they can have with absolutely nothing(and this from a behaviorist no less) OR when another child comes along...and the oldest teaches them "new" wonderful things...lol