The past 2 weeks, we’ve started putting the boys in “time-out” in the glider chair in their room. It took about 3-4 times before they both started to understand the concept.
We use it to help curb the whining/attitude issues. If they are getting whiny or having bad attitudes we’ll ask them if they need to go to “time-out”. If they stop, then we’ll keep playing. But if they continue we take them to the room, put them on the chair and turn our back until they stop crying (*note that the first 5 times of doing this resulting in multiple attempts on their part to climb out of the chair). Once they’ve stopped crying, we ask if they’re ready to have a good attitude, give a hug, and have them repeat, “Okay mommy (or daddy).”
So, the past 2 days, my interaction with M has gone something like this:
“M, you’re being really whiny. Do you need to go to time-out?”
He will then turn around and walk to his room
Climb into the chair
and wait for me to come in and ask if he’s ready to have a good attitude
Yep! I think it’s fairly safe to say that he enjoys going to time-out.
Wish I could say the same thing for this little nose-picker…
He still cries everytime I take him to time-out, although he stops within about 10 seconds of sitting in the chair. Mission accomplished on both ends I suppose!