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Dawn - edging ever closer to 30, although I still feel like I'm 21. :) I'm married to a youth pastor ('Big G'), and have THREE wonderful kids: a five year-old son ('Little G'), a just turned two year-old daughter ('A'), and our newest little girl blessing, Baby R, was born May 28/07!! They keep me hopping as I juggle them, my WAH part-time job as an accountant, being a pastor's wife, and of course hobbies like quilting, scrapbooking, and blogging!

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
WFMW - Timeouts with folded hands

This week's Works for Me Wednesday is the Great Parenting Advice Edition! I'm hoping to pick up some much-needed pointers and helpful hints from all of the wise mommies out in Bloggityville!

My contribution to this group parenting manual is our method of time-outs. And to give credit where it's due, we copied this idea from some good friends and mentors of ours (we actually used her name for Baby R's middle name).

When we need to send our kids for a timeout for whatever reason, we ask them to 'fold their hands.' If we're at home, it is usually 'go to your room and fold your hands' or 'sit on the chair and fold your hands.'

The beauty behind this is that it can work anywhere - I remember arriving at church on Sundays and coming into the pew where these friends were sitting and seeing one or more of their kids with their hands folded...and we'd know they were being disciplined. We've used this at other people's homes, at soccer practices, and even when we're out for a walk as a family and we feel immediate consequences are needed for (usually) an attitude problem. Little G can keep walking with us with his hands folded, but he knows he is being disciplined.

This has enabled us many times to be consistent in our discipline wherever we are - and we all know consistency is the most important thing when dealing with our little ones! It works for us!


posted at 4:33 PM  

At July 31, 2007 11:02 PM, Blogger Pmom said...

I like that idea. I'll give it a try. Thanks!

At July 31, 2007 11:11 PM, Blogger :: Suzanne :: said...

thank you - I'll add this one to our toolbox.

At August 01, 2007 7:42 AM, Blogger T with Honey said...

I like this idea. My only concern is that she will think she is being punished when it comes time to fold our hands to pray.

At August 01, 2007 7:55 AM, Blogger Jennifer, Snapshot said...

This is a great idea. As rebellious as my son is, wherever we are I can tell him, "Go sit in that chair" and he knows why. However, your approach is ingenious!

At August 01, 2007 8:13 AM, Blogger Kelly - PTT said...

Super idea. Very useable. Thanks!

At August 01, 2007 9:26 AM, Blogger Dawn said...

t with honey - I have to admit, I never thought of that. From our experience so far, and that of our friends (whose four boys are all past the 'fold your hands!' stage), it does seem that the children do understand the difference. Sort of like how my husband will playfully 'spank' the kids while they are roughhousing, but the kids never seem to think they are actually being spanked...

Thanks for your comment!

At August 01, 2007 11:02 AM, Anonymous Rhen said...

Love the idea! I also like to take care of any problems when they happen. This is perfect@

All for His glory, ~Rhen

At August 01, 2007 1:52 PM, Anonymous jen said...

We already have the kids fold their hands when they are in TO, but this is a great way to take TO on the road! Thanks!

At August 01, 2007 7:29 PM, Blogger Jessica said...

Great advice! I'll store it in my discipline memory bank. Thanks for visiting my site. My son's torticollis is much better. He has been out of PT for over a year now and his neck is about as good as it will get, with about a 1-.5 degree tilt. I hope your son is doing good as well!

At August 01, 2007 8:24 PM, Anonymous Kim said...

Thanks for the idea! I'll remember it.


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