A Question of Time Out
Being that it is Works for Me Wed., I thought I would pose this to the group. Miss Peach is two years and one month. She is a wonderful child, but is definitely in the "terrible twos". There are times when she needs a parent imposed break. I had tried just picking her up and plunking her in her crib when the tantrum became out of control. She usually screamed for about 5-10 min. and then fell asleep, or calmed down and played in her crib. She obviously needed a break. A friend (with a child the same age) mentioned to me that while this was a good "idea", putting her in the crib might mess up her sleeping habits because Miss Peach would eventually equate sleep/crib, with punishment. I see her point. She said she puts her little one in the bathroom and shuts the door for about 5 min. That seems like a whole nother can of worms (with messing up the potty training routine) as well as being potentially dangerous. On the Today Show, there was a woman talking time out, using a "time out mat" with a timer on it, along with other products from a group moms on the edge. I think Miss Peach is just a bit to young to stay in a time out zone, but soon. So I ask, what is working for you? While time outs work for me, is there a better way? What will work for a young two year old? I need some advice.......Thanks!