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!