Now, I am seeing a new side of this little man. Those of you with bigger children will be laughing at me and saying "Duh." I was surprised the first time he looked me in the face and deliberately did what he was instructed not to do. I was even more surprised when, after I took away a household item that he had decided was a fun toy, he screamed and tried to hit me. I've always known he had a little heart in need of grace (just like myself), but I had just never seen it so clearly.
|I definitely didn't see it in 2010! Look at that face!|
So, last week I bought a time-out booster seat. It stays in the corner of our office with a kitchen timer beside it and I am commencing to faithfully administer time-outs. This discipline thing is one of those child rearing issues you don't think about when you are "oohing" and "ahhing" over soft, miniscule baby clothes at baby showers...unless it's a shower like the one we threw for C a few months ago. The guests went around and gave a piece of baby advice as C opened her gifts. It was funny and sweet and informational all at the same time.
"Enjoy every moment, they grow up too fast."
"Write down those little things they say and do because you won't remember it later."
"Don't feed your baby Vienna sausages at public events like piano recitals" (Thanks for that one, Ashley)
...all true and all great suggestions.
One I remember clearly was from C's Mom, she said:
"Someone has got to be in charge, it had better be you."
Amen, Mrs. H!