A few months ago, Jill at Baby Rabies mentioned a book called 1-2-3 Magic that she was reading to help with disciplining her son. She seemed to be having a lot of the same issues with him I was having with Butter, so I decided to give it a shot.
In the interest of full disclosure, I didn’t finish reading it. The premise is really simple, and I felt like once I “got” it, there was no need to read the rest of the book. I’ll just go back to it when he’s older and giving me more grief to read the part about older children.
Thursday night while we were eating dinner, Butter looks at me and says, “1…2…3! Thinking Chair!” [We send him to the “Thinking Chair” for time outs.] I kind of blinked at him and M hid his smile behind his hand. Butter repeated himself, so I got up and went to the Thinking Chair. How can I expect him to listen to me if I don’t follow my own rules, right? Well, when Butter is in the Thinking Chair, he almost immediately tells us he wants to get down. So in the interest of preserving my sanity, I’ve started to tell him he has to stay there until the digital clock on our cable box has certain numbers on it [read: however long he needs to stay in timeout]. I said, “Butter, I want to get down.” He told me I had to stay there until the clock had a 9 and 10 on it. At 8 p.m.
I still don’t know what I did wrong, because we’d actually been reading Green Eggs and Ham just before dinner. Maybe I was a bad Mommy for stopping him in the middle of a book?